Arctic Monkeys first headliner for T in the Park 2014

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Arctic Monkeys have been announced as the first headliners for next year's T in the Park Festival.

Last year the event celebrated its 20th anniversary with The Killers, Rihanna and Mumford & Sons topping the bill.

The three-day festival at Balado Park, Kinross, takes place between 11-13 July 2014.

The band said: "We are delighted to be playing T in the Park and look forward to a great night with our Scottish fans."

Arctic Monkeys headlined Glastonbury Festival this year but were forced to postpone a number of dates on their UK tour recently after singer Alex Turner was diagnosed with laryngitis.

They have already announced two outdoor gigs next year in London's Finsbury Park.

Arctic Monkeys' fifth album, AM, went to number one earlier this year and was nominated for the Mercury prize.

Festival Director Geoff Ellis said: "We're thrilled to announce Arctic Monkeys as our first headliners for T in the Park 2014.

"After this year's fantastic 20th year celebrations, we asked our audience who they'd like to see at next year's festival and Arctic Monkeys came top of the poll, so we're really pleased to be able to confirm them for T in the Park.

"When they take to the stage in Glasgow this week they'll prove exactly why they're one of the greatest live acts around, and I'm sure we can look forward to another phenomenal set at T in the Park.

"We have many more fantastic acts in store which we'll announce next year."

Tickets for T in the Park 2014 go on sale at 9am on 22 November.

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