Pussy Riot to appear at Glastonbury 2015

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Pussy Riot will appear at Glastonbury 2015 later this month.

Russian anti-Putin activists Pussy Riot will head to Worthy Farm on the 26th June 2015.

Band members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina are believed to be giving a talk rather than performing during their slot, which is titled ‘Pussy Riot In Conversation’.

The feminist punk-rock group became notorious following the arrest and sentencing of Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina in 2012 for hooliganism against Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Russian Orthodox Church.

Their 2-year prison sentence (and the trial beforehand) sparked outrage around the western world.

Following their release from prison, after being granted amnesty over half way through their sentence, the pair declared that they were no longer members of Pussy Riot.

However, both members were part of the group’s performance at the Sochi Winter Olympics just a few months later, where they were whipped and pepper sprayed by Cossacks posing as security.

The duo will continue their human rights campaign at Glastonbury, which will run from the 24th – 28th June 2015.

The news of Pussy Riot’s slot came as Glasto organisers announced the festival’s final acts, alongside its stage splits.

Final names added to the 2015 bill also included Burt Bacharach, The Proclaimers, The Cribs and Wilko Johnson.

However, the news that Pussy Riot has joined the line-up may still not be as controversial as the news that Kanye West will headline the event.

Last weekend organiser Emily Eavis revealed that she had even received death threats over the booking.

Emily said: “It was not a pleasant world we unwrapped. I had death threats and stuff. It was horrible. It was just crazy.”

Glastonbury 2015 will also be headlined by ‘My Generation’ legends The Who and U.S. rockers Foo Fighters.

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