Dolly Parton to Play Glastonbury…

Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis has confirmed that country star Dolly Parton will play this year’s festival.

Parton later told her three million followers the news via Twitter.

“I’m incredibly excited to FINALLY announce that the #BlueSmokeWorldTour is coming to @GlastoFest on June 29th! 😉 Stay tuned for more info…” she wrote.

Parton will perform in Sunday afternoon’s renowned “legend slot” on the Pyramid Stage, which last year featured fellow country star Kenny Rogers.

Festival-goers enjoyed a mass singalong of Islands in the Stream – his hit duet recorded with Parton.

“It’s one of those rare things where someone like [Dolly] is in the country at the same time as Glastonbury, and we’re really, really excited about this. Hopefully Kenny put in a good word,” said Eavis.

“She stands totally alone, she’s such a brilliant star and I think one of the greatest female stars of our generation,” said Eavis, adding “And she doesn’t tour very often.”

She also appeared to rule out rumoured headline acts Prince, Stone Roses and Fleetwood Mac, telling BBC Arts Editor Will Gompertz it was “unlikely” they would feature on the bill.

“I very much doubt any of them will be on this year,” said Eavis. However, she did admit timings were still a work in progress. “At the moment we’ve got a napkin on our fridge and it’s got a sort of rough sketch of who’s going where,” she revealed.

“And then every few days we’ll be like ‘maybe actually it would be better for him to go on the Friday, and then we’ll move her down to third on the Sunday’, or something. We’re moving it around a lot because its all about balance,” she said.

Arcade Fire have already confirmed they are 2014’s Friday night headliners for the event.

The Canadian seven-piece revealed the news in December, tweeting a photo bearing the words “June 27 – Glastonbury”.

Thanksgiving Mass for Mel…

A Thanksgiving Mass will be held Friday in memory of Mel Gunasekera, senior business journalist, at the All Saints Church, Borella.

The service is due to start at 6.30 pm and the family has invited friends and well wishers to join them in celebrating the life of Mel whose death sparked grief both locally and abroad among the wide circle of her friends and family.

India Vs. Sri Lanka Live Stream Cricket: Asia Cup 2014!

India plays Sri Lanka on Friday in Match 4 of the 2014 Asia Cup. The contest begins at 08:00 GMT.

Both India and Sri Lanka head into Match 4 with four points apiece in the Asia Cup standings. Sri Lanka upset the reigning Asia Cup champions, Pakistan, in the opening match with a 12-run win. Lasith Malinga earned the Man of the Match award for his performance on the bowling front, which included taking five of Sri Lanka’s 10 wickets.

Sri Lanka’s batsmen started off the tournament strong. Lahiru Thirimanne scored a game-high 102 runs, Kumar Sangakkara scored 67 runs and skipper Angelo Mathews scored 55 runs (not out).

India started the tournament with a six-wicket win over Bangladesh. Skipper Virat Kohli won the Man of the Match award for the 136 runs he scored; Ajinkya Rahana added to the scoring total with 73 runs. On the bowling front, Mohammed Shami took a team-high four wickets.

The match takes place at Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium in Fatullah, Bangladesh. Weather.com forecasts a partly cloudy day with temperatures possibly reaching a high of 82 degrees Fahrenheit; there’s a 10 percent chance of rain and winds could reach 14 mph.

Everywhere – Fleetwood Mac

“Everywhere” is a single released by the British-American rock band Fleetwood Mac from their album Tango in the Night, written and with lead vocals by Christine McVie.

It was released in the United Kingdom on February 24, 1988 and reached #4 there. In the United States, it was released earlier on November 28, 1987 and reached number 14 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and went to #1 on the U.S. adult contemporary chart, remaining there for three weeks. The song also reached the Top 50 in Australia at number forty-five.

After featuring in an advert for UK mobile phone provider 3, the song re-entered the UK Singles Chart and peaked at number 15 on March 10, 2013. As a result of this newfound success, the song was featured on the compilation disc, Now That’s What I Call Music! 84 in March 2013 as well as having appeared on the compilation album The Hits Album 8 in July 1988.

A 12-inch single was also issued, and featured an extended dance version and dub version. “Everywhere” also marked the first CD-single release by the band in most territories. The 12″ format featured an extended mix of “Everywhere”, and the CD-single contained bonus tracks “Rhiannon” and “Say You Love Me” from the 1975 album Fleetwood Mac.

The video of the song is a visual depiction of the poem The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes. There are two versions of the video; one features the story with members of the band appearing throughout, while the other doesn’t feature the band at all.

Philip Seymour Hoffman: Theatre Prize!

A playwriting prize is to be named after late actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, funded by a libel settlement from US paper The National Enquirer.

The $45,000 (£27,000) bursary was suggested by the Oscar winner’s friend David Katz, who sued the publication over an article about their friendship.

The story was printed just days after Hoffman’s death earlier this month and subsequently retracted.

Katz’s lawyer said the prize would be funded “for years to come”.

David Burnstein told the New York Times that Katz, who is a playwright, wanted the undisclosed settlement to be used positively, and had set up the American Playwriting Foundation as a result.

He said he had spoken often with Hoffman about how “it’s a tragedy playwrights can’t survive being playwrights – about how nice it would be if you could make your rent and still have an occasional steak.”

The annual prize will be known as the Relentless Award, in a nod to the late star’s pursuit of artistic truth and integrity.

A panel of four theatre writers, including Mr Katz, will form a selection committee to choose the recipient of the bursary, whose work must be previously unproduced.