Lionel Richie has been confirmed to play the Pyramid stage at next year's Glastonbury Festival.

The 65-year-old singer, whose hits include Easy, Hello and All Night Long, will play the Pyramid stage which has played host to the likes of Kenny Rogers, Paul Simon and Dolly Parton in recent years.

In a statement Richie said: "I'm really excited to play Glastonbury next year as it's one of the most iconic festivals in the world. 

"It has a phenomenal history and the alumni of artists who have previously played is incredible so I'm honoured to be joining that club. It will be a really special moment for me and I can't wait to share it with everyone. I can now say 'Yes, I'm playing Glastonbury.'"

Richie is the first big name to be confirmed for next year's line-up, and festival organiser Emily Eavis said of the booking:  "He's one of the great soul legends. He's got all the songs, some incredible songs, and I think he will get people on their feet. There will be a lot of love out there for Lionel."

The Glastonbury Festival takes place from Friday June 26 to Sunday June, 28. 2015.