THE Stranglers are to play the Larmer Tree festival the Daily Echo can reveal today.

They will be completing the line-up of headline acts for the 2016 festival, joining Jamie Cullum, Caro Emerald, Calexico and 30 other music acts already announced, along with Dr John Cooper Clarke and Mr Bloom, headliners from the festival’s arts and family programmes.

The Stranglers are one of the most successful bands to have originated from the vibrant punk scene in the ‘70s. With hits such as ‘Golden Brown’ and ‘No More Heroes’ the legendary punk rockers guarantee to rock the audience, as they have been doing for so many years.

Brit Award winner Tom Odell has now also been announced to headline on Sunday after Clean Bandit were forced to pull out.

Unfortunately the band have studio commitments and said:

"We were all really looking forward to this summer - getting back out on the road to a few special festival dates and playing some new music for you all. However, things aren’t quite ready yet with the new songs so we’re going to have to spend a bit longer in the studio.

"Unfortunately, this means we’re going to have to cancel a few dates we were due to play including Larmer Tree Festival, Untold and Arenal Sound. It’s a real shame to do this - we hate having to cancel shows - but we want to get our second album done as soon as possible to share with you all, which we’re really excited about doing!"

Although this is disappointing organisers say they are "thrilled" to have Tom Odell back at Larmer Tree.

" He’s gone on to phenomenal success since he was last here, and I know his Sunday night set is going to be something special,’ said James Shepard, Festival Director.

Tom Odell returns to Larmer Tree after a stunning debut performance in 2014. With hit tracks from his platinum album ‘Long Way Down’ and plenty of new material to share with the Larmer Tree audience, the Brit Awards winner will bring the festival to a close with true style.

There have been further musical additions to the line-up, promising a huge variety of sounds in the intimate and unique landscape of the festival’s Gardens setting. These range from DJ and Producer Quantic and international reggae group Easy Star All-Stars to local favourites Stevie Parker, Steve Knightley and The Little Unsaid.

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Larmer Tree Festival runs from July 13-17.