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Morrisey aims to get a good 02 reception

PUBLISHED: 17:54 02 April 2008 | UPDATED: 09:36 23 August 2010

NORTHERN STAR: Morrissey.

NORTHERN STAR: Morrissey.

THE MASTER of misery is headlining one of London s best festivals. There was also a special mention for Sidcup as Morrissey talked about headlining the 02 Wireless Festival, in Hyde Park, on July 4. The 48-year-old singer, who has spent much of the las

THE MASTER of misery is headlining one of London's best festivals.

There was also a special mention for Sidcup as Morrissey talked about headlining the 02 Wireless Festival, in Hyde Park, on July 4.

The 48-year-old singer, who has spent much of the last decade in LA, some of it sharing cups of tea with neighbour and collaborator Nancy Sinatra, perused playing the gig on American Independence Day.

He said: "It is, of course, the day when America celebrated its independence from Sidcup, but we can easily reverse that situation with a bit of John Mills stiff-upperness.

"I am honoured to be asked to headline on July 4, marking my 26th year haunting British music, and following the Hyde Park greats - T Rex, Joan Armatrading, and someone with insecure teeth."

He promised "a thundering bill of tight nerves and suavity", adding: "I will take Hyde Park like a flea inhabits a dog."

"Art-hounds and people with badly cut hair are very welcome. I shall do my utmost not to pull a sour face. The Sun will make up its own mind."

The former Smiths star is expected to play tracks from his forthcoming studio album as well as previous hit singles at his only UK festival date.

Fatboy Slim, Beck, Counting Crows and The National will also perform at the event, which runs from July 3 to 6.

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