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Gregory Porter appearing on the main stage (The Pyramid Stage) at the Glastonbury Festival 2016. Porter played songs from his 2013 album 'Liquid Spirit' and his most recent release 'Take Me to the Alley'. Glastonbury Festival - Somerset, United Kingdom - Sunday 26th June 2016
Atmosphere - Glastonbury 2016 - Atmosphere at Worthy Farm, Pilton, Glastonbury. The first Festival attendees arrive at a rather wet looking Glastonbury site. People planning on attending the festival who have yet to set off have been advised to stay at home a little longer until the traffic calms down.
Dave Grohl - Foo Fighters performing on their long awaited first UK gig since Dave Grohl broke his leg and was forced to cancel Glastonbury at Milton Keynes Bowl at Milton Keynes Bowl, Glastonbury - Milton Keynes, United Kingdom - Saturday 5th September 2015
Pete and Carl were together again at Glastonbury as a surprise addition to Friday’s line-up.
The Libertines were the very welcomed surprise on Glastonbury’s Pyramid stage yesterday evening, filling in the empty slot left when Florence + The Machine stepped up to headline in place of Foo Fighters. The reunited four piece, who will soon be releasing their third album, treated the crowd to a mix of classic tracks and some new material during the performance, which began at around 8.30pm.
The Libertines’ Peter and Carl sharing the mic at Glastonbury.
Minutes before the band appeared on stage a banner featuring the artwork of their 2002 debut album Up the Bracket was unveiled, announcing their imminent arrival. Both the band and Glastonbury organisers managed to keep the appearance a secret until the last minute, with the group landing at the site via helicopter just hours before.
The Dalai Lama will appear in the Green Fields on Sunday.
China has issued a warning to the Glastonbury Festival organisers over their booking of the Dalai Lama. The Tibetan spiritual leader is to give a talk at this weekend's festival to promote a message of "compassion, non-violence and the oneness of humanity."
Dalai Lama's booking at the Glastonbury Festival has caused a stir in China
However, officials in China have warned that the Eavises' booking is tantamount to offering the Dalai Lama a platform to "engage in anti-China splittist activities," Reuters reports. The leader is not scheduled to meet with officials in Britain, though China nevertheless is concerned that he may be intent on promoting his wish for an autonomous Tibet in the UK.
Continue reading: China Issues Warning To Glastonbury Festival Over Dalai Lama
The festival, which will open its gates to 135,000 ticket holders next week, may have to re-locate in the future because of planning difficulties to do with multiple land-ownership.
Glastonbury has become one of the key dates in Britain’s social calendar over the last ten years, but a major shake-up of the festival could be on the horizon. Michael Eavis, the founder and organiser of the annual musical celebration, has admitted that it may have to move location in the future.
With just a week to go until the 2015 edition, which will see headline performances by Florence + The Machine, Kanye West and The Who, 79 year old Eavis told Sky News on Friday (June 19th) that he does not own the entire site and, as a result, is finding it increasingly difficult to get the requisite commissions to stage the event each year.
Michael Eavis admits Glastonbury may have to re-locate in the future
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Ella Eyre - British singer Ella Eyre put down some very special tracks to launch First Great Western's Summer Tracks campaign. Over the summer, First Great Western will be giving passengers the chance to witness exclusive and intimate live gigs on trains to some of the biggest summer music festivals. The award winning Comeback and Waiting All Night singer performed on a train to give passengers a preview for what is in store for them over the summer. To get passengers in the festival mood First Great Western will be setting up one-off sets with a surprise music act on board a service from London Paddington to Castle Cary, ahead Glastonbury on Saturday 27th June. Bringing the festival spirit to the train with some of her top tracks, Ella marked the start of First Great Western's Summer Tracks campaign, where singers and bands will take to the train to warm up festival-bound travellers headed for Glastonbury, Reading and Wilderness. Ella Eyre comments: "I'm so excited to be launching the Summer Tracks campaign to get festival-goers in the mood with some great acts performing live on the way to top festivals this summer. It's something different - most musicians are used to radio stations rather than train stations!" Jamie Anderson, Campaigns Manager at First Great Western said: "We're thrilled that Ella Eyre has launched are Summer Tracks this year and are looking forward to surprising our passenger with a guest act that will perform on one of our trains to the Glastonbury Festival this summer. It's going to be an incredible journey to remember for our passengers. What better way to travel than with exclusive gig you can enjoy from the comfort of your train seat?" Passengers who book a First Great Western train to Glastonbury are also in for the chance to win a pair of tickets to Ella Eyre's concert at [where] in [date/month]*! As an official travel partner for the Glastonbury Festival, First Great Western will run over 50 additional trains to a at Glastonbury - United Kingdom - Friday 12th June 2015
The Foos were forced to give up their heading slot after Dave Grohl broke his leg during a concert in Sweden.
Florence and the Machine has been confirmed as heading Glastonbury’s Pyramid stage on Friday June 26th, after Foo Fighters were force to withdraw from the festival. Dave Grohl’s band made the announcement that they’d be giving up their headlining slot yesterday, due to the frontman fracturing his leg at a concert in Sweden last Friday.
Florence + The Machine is your new Glastonbury headliner.
“We’re very pleased to announce that Florence + The Machine will play the Friday night Pyramid headline slot, which Foo Fighters were forced to withdraw from yesterday,” Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis said in a statement.
Dave Grohl's broken leg means the Foos have also cancelled their two Wembley appearances and Murrayfield Stadium gig.
It’s the news that many Glastonbury goers have been dreading: Foo Fighters have indeed cancelled their Friday night headline appearance at the festival later this month, in addition to their two massive Wembley gigs this weekend and Murrayfield Stadium gig, because of Dave Grohl’s leg break earlier in June.
A statement from the band on Tuesday afternoon read: “Due to injuries sustained in Dave Grohl's fall from the stage during Foo Fighters' June 12 show at Ullevi Stadium in Gothenburg, Sweden, doctors have required the cancellation of the remainder of the band's dates in the UK and Europe. After undergoing surgery Monday, Dave's full recuperation time is still to be determined.”
Dave Grohl just before the accident in Gothenburg
Continue reading: Foo Fighters Cancel Glastonbury Headline Appearance
The two films will feature on the cinema screen at Glastonbury later this month.
While Glastonbury 2015 will provide us all with endless live entertainment on the various stages, there are some shows that are just worth re-visiting, and thus, immortalising in film. Laura Mvula and Keane are among them, and they'll have their very own European concerts screened at the cinema tent later this month.
Laura Mvula's Amsterdam performance to screen at Glastonbury
It's a busy five days what with all the musical talent and other stuff going on around the site, but one of the top areas to visit this year is the Pilton Palais Cinema Marquee. As well as showing some classic movies like 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show', 'The Phantom of the Opera' and 'Bladerunner', through the week there'll be newer stuff on like 'The Theory Of Everything', 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron' and 'Whiplash'. But also, with it being a music festival and all, this will be your chance to see some more live music action.
Since Kanye was revealed as the Saturday night headliner back in March, co-organiser Emily Eavis has received a number of death threats.
With a little under a month to go before it kicks off, probably the most talked-about thing about Glastonbury 2015 has been the booking of Kanye West for the Saturday night headline slot. In a new interview, the festival’s chief organiser Emily Eavis has revealed that she has received death threats as a result.
Speaking with The Times, Eavis, 36, who runs the festival with her father Michael, stood proudly by their decision to book the rapper to headline the Pyramid Stage, but said that some of the abuse they’ve received has been “just horrible”.
Michael and Emily Eavis, the father-daughter team behind Glastonbury
The world-famous physicist was confirmed by Glastonbury as a guest star at the kids area, alongside TV magician Dynamo and many more.
Glastonbury is famous for very many things – stone circles, crusty hippies and loud music – but almost certainly not for science. However, a reputation for serious thought might start developing with the news that Stephen Hawking is to make an appearance at this year’s festival.
Glasto’s official Twitter account confirmed that the world-renowned professor, whose life was recently the subject of the Oscar-winning movie The Theory of Everything, will be appearing at the Kidz Field. He’ll be part of the 21st anniversary celebrations of the creation of that area of the festival, which is aimed at children aged 12 or under.
Stephen Hawking will make an appearance at Glastonbury
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Motorhead, FFS and George Clinton make for exciting surprise additions.
Michael Eavis was speaking at an event in London when he revealed when Glasto would announce the mystery third headliner.
It looks like Glastonbury is going to keep the speculation about its third and final headliner going pretty much right up until the festival itself. Michael Eavis, the owner of Worthy Farm where the three-day event is held, has revealed that the announcement will come on June 1st.
The NME reported that Eavis was speaking at an event at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum on Tuesday evening (April 21st), describing the history of the prestigious festival. It was when he was talking to attendees and posing for pictures afterwards that he made the revelation – adding that the artist would be a “big one”.
A shot of the crowd at Glastonbury 2014
Continue reading: Third Glastonbury Headliner To Be Announced On June 1st
Florence + The Machine, Paloma Faith, Pharrell Williams and dozens more have been confirmed as playing the 2015 edition of the festival.
The (almost) complete line-up for this year’s Glastonbury has been revealed by the festival’s organisers – except for the third and final headliner on the Sunday night.
The likes of Florence + The Machine, Pharrell Williams and The Chemical Brothers are among the picks of the main body of the festival, and they’ll join the already announced headliners Foo Fighters (on Friday) and Kanye West (on Saturday). Lionel Richie has also been confirmed in the traditional Sunday afternoon ‘legend’ slot.
Florence + The Machine is just one of dozens of acts to be confirmed as playing at Glastonbury 2015
Continue reading: Glastonbury 2015 Line Up Revealed
One irate ticketholder started an online petition shortly after the announcement on Monday night, which has already attracted 10,000 signatures.
Love him or hate him – and it really is one or the other, it seems – Kanye West at Glastonbury story has certainly got people talking about him more than ever before. While some are hailing the decision to make him the Saturday night headliner at the legendary festival, many others were left dismayed and even angry at the booking.
One disappointed ticketholder even went as far as to create an online petition at Change.org, just a few hours after Monday’s (March 16th) announcement. Neil Lonsdale, a lucky ticketholder for the 2015 festival, has attracted over 10,000 signatures for his petition as of Tuesday evening.
Kanye West has proven to be a divisive choice for Glastonbury headliner
Kanye is headed to Glastonbury
Kanye West will headline the Glastonbury Festival 2015, taking to the Pyramid Stage on Saturday night. The hip-hop megastar joins rockers Foo Fighters, who were previously announced for Friday. AC/DC, Noel Gallagher and Taylor Swift remain favourites for the Sunday slot.
Kanye West has been confirmed to headline the Glastonbury Festival on Saturday night
There had been plenty of speculation regarding Kanye's potential appearance at the festival and the news has now been confirmed on the festival's website.
Continue reading: Kanye West Announced As Headliner For Glastonbury 2015
The rapper's first ever Glastonbury performance will be as the Saturday night headliner, it was confirmed on Monday.
Kanye West has been unveiled as the second headline act for Glastonbury 2015. The controversial hip-hop artist will top the bill on the Pyramid Stage on Saturday night, joining Friday’s headliners Foo Fighters. The third and final headliner for Sunday has not yet been confirmed.
Strong rumours emerged earlier on Monday (March 16th) that West was getting the prestigious Saturday night spot, and this was confirmed via the official Glastonbury Twitter feed and by the festival’s organiser, Emily Eavis.
Kanye West will headline Glastonbury
Continue reading: Kanye West To Headline Saturday Night At Glastonbury
The 65-year-old singer will host the festival's Pyramid stage on Sunday June, 18. 2015.
At 65-years-old Lionel Richie will make his Glastonbury Festival debut as he has been confirmed as the headline act in the coveted Sunday evening slot in June 2015, which is always reserved for music's biggest stars.
Richie will play in the Sunday evening slot at the music festival
Richie burst onto the music scene as a member of the Commodores, but in 1982 he ventured out as a solo artist and eventually carved out one of the most successful careers ever, selling more than 200 million albums worldwide and winning four Grammy Awards.
Continue reading: Lionel Richie To Headline Glastonbury Music Festival 2015
Legendary singer and diva could be the next musical legend to play the Pyramid Stage on Sunday afternoon.
Diana Ross is reportedly in talks with the organisers of Glastonbury Festival to perform there next year. If confirmed, she’ll be playing the famous ‘legends slot’ on Sunday afternoon on the Pyramid Stage.
Could Diana Ross be heading for Glastonbury next year?
An insider source told The Sun “it won’t be cheap but she’s worth every penny. She still tours around the world and puts on a fantastic show.”
Continue reading: Could Diana Ross Play At Glastonbury 2015?
The dog found abandoned in a tent at the Glastonbury festival has been offered a good home with her namesake, singer Dolly Parton. But the 68-year-old country singer isn't the only celebrity to surprise us all with random acts of kindness, check out these other five including Johnny Depp, Tom Hanks and Pamela Anderson.
Dolly Parton has offered to take the dog found at the Glastonbury Festival home with her. Dolly the Dog, named after Parton who was headlining at the festival, was discovered abandoned during the clean-up operation.
Dolly Parton headlined at Glastonbury this year.
Continue reading: Dolly Parton's Glastonbury Dog & 5 Other Celebrity Acts Of Kindness
Dolly's Glasto set has been mired in a "mimegate" controversy.
Dolly Parton has been hit with accusations that she mimed songs during her Glastonbury Festival performance last weekend. The 68 year-old country and western star topped off her recent UK tour to promote her new album, Blue Smoke, with a long-awaited appearance on the Pyramid Stage at the Somerset site.
However, her performance has drawn criticism from many who believe that the singer mouthed the words to a pre-recorded track onstage instead of singing live. In the face of the scrutiny, Parton's spokesman has responded with an outright denial: "No, she sings live," he told the Sunday Mirror. "Some people don't know an amazing singer when they hear one."
It was Kay Burley of Sky News who first decided to air her views regarding Dolly's perceived miming. "Oh, Dolly is miming. How disappointing," she tweeted, ahead of a string of similar sentiments from users of the social site. However, TV host Stephen Fry jumped to Parton's defence, blaming television-related delays for making it look like Dolly's sound wasn't synched.
Continue reading: Q.1) Did Dolly Parton Mime At Glastonbury? Q.2) Should We Care?
There’s a lot to learn about the queen of country.
This Sunday, (June 29th) country legend Dolly Parton will be making her Glastonbury debut at the festival’s iconic Pyramid stage. The 68 year old singer has had one of the longest careers in music, but with her latest tour Blue Smoke, she’s showing no signs of slowing down. So in celebration of Dolly and her extraordinary career, here’s 10 things you might not know about the queen of country.
Dolly Parton will play Glastonbury this Sunday
1. Dolly started very young
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The strongest beards at this year's Glastonbury Festival.
Thousands of Glastonbury Festival revellers turned out to watch the Kaiser Chiefs launch the first full day of music at the event, on the Other Stage early on Friday morning. "Glastonbury sing along if you know the words," yelled frontman Ricky Wilson before launching into 'Every Day I Love You Less and Less'.
Large beard, larger hat [Photo: Getty Images, credit: Matt Cardy]
With rain persistent all morning, the fans have already begun navigating the muddy fields and paths but appeared in high spirits for the Kaiser Chiefs.
Continue reading: The 14 Best Beards At The Glastonbury Festival [Pictures]
The BBC made a blunder when reporting on the weather for the Glastonbury Festival 2014.
Glastonbury Festival goers were warned to "prepare for rape" by a subtitle blunder during the weather report on BBC News at Ten. The weatherman told the audience to "prepare for rain" but the caption instead read, "prepare for rape".
Festivalgoers at Glastonbury 2014 [Photo: Getty Images, credit: Ian Gavan]
A BBC spokeswoman was quoted by the Daily Mail as saying: "We try to ensure our subtitling is as accurate as possible but there are occasions when mistakes inevitably occur.
Continue reading: Glastonbury Festival Goers Told To "Prepare For Rape" By BBC
If you were hoping for a repeat of 2010's weather, you're out of luck
With the Glastonbury 2014 weather forecast predicating a rain-soaked festival, ticketholders should stock up on towels, pack those wellys and embrace what is sure to be a muddy ol’ time.
It probably won't be this muddy, but we're suggesting you prepare for the worst...
In fact, the only thing predictable about this weekend’s weather forecast in the South West of England, where the legendary festival takes places, is its unpredictability. Expect dramatic changes of temperature, cloudbursts of rain and even blazing sunshine. The order of which: anyone’s guess.
Sorry guys, rain is on the way
Glastonbury festivalgoers are famously robust whatever the weather, packing willies, umbrellas and waterproof ponchos to ensure their heads don’t drop should the heaven decide to open.
It Could Be A Muddy Glastonbury Festival. Photo: Getty images, Credit: Matt Cardy
And it looks like this year might be a wet one. Forecasters are predicting sunshine up until the gates open, then a deluge of rainfall is set to cascade over Worthy Farm as Arcade Fire, Kasabian and Metallica headline the Pyramid Stage. The Met Office are predicting heavy rain showers between 10am and 9pm on Friday - the first full day of music at the festival.
Continue reading: Glastonbury Weather 2014: It's Going To Rain. Loads.
We root around the line-up and take a look at the acts that may not have stood out on first view.
Part of Glastonbury’s enduring reputation is its propensity for composing a line-up that is extensive that a wealth of acts will pass by unnoticed. We’ve sieved through the thousands of acts who will be making the trip to Worthy Farm to highlight ten acts whose inclusion in the festival bill may surprise many. Sifting through the lower rungs of the bill uncovers a slew of rising stars and forgotten flames, those who are on the ascension to the upper levels of cultural recognition as well as those whose days of glory are far behind them.
Metallica will be this years most controversial performers. Photo: Getty Images, Credit: Frazer Harrison
Beyond the endless stretch of humans eyeing up the pyramid stage with binoculars are copious tents and smaller stages which host a myriad of curiosities, from fading pop stars regurgitating their hit songs for the umpteenth time to all manner of odd theatrics, spoken word performances, comedians, circus performances and Happy Monday’s hype-man Bez, who has this year been granted his very own ‘Acid House’ stage. Here then, are ten acts who to varying degrees will surprise festival goers with their very presence at the culturally sacred Somerset site:
Continue reading: 10 Acts You Had No Idea Were Playing Glastonbury
Bragg may have ruffled Serge's feathers. We'll see if anything comes of it at Glastonbury 2014.
Kasabian were the subject of derision when they chose to divulge the lyrics, "Horsemeat in the burgers, people commit murders, everyone’s on bugle, we’re being watched by Google" early. They eventually revised those lyrics for their current single, ‘Eez-eh’, but Billy Brag still thinks they’re the Spinal Tap of modern music.
Serge Pizzorno performing at Hard Rock Calling in 2013
"They have an important role to play: they are there to remind us how true Spinal Tap was. I'm not a fan, but if you read their interviews as if it was dialogue from Spinal Tap, it's very entertaining," says Bragg. Only trouble is, high-maintenance lead-singer Serge isn’t really going for satire; he’s genuinely making what he believes to be a comment on the socio-political state of the United Kingdom.
More: British Rockers Hit Out At Prison Guitar Ban
Continue reading: Billy Bragg Likens Kasabian's Swagger To Spinal Tap's Satire
One day. It'll happen one day, guys.
Fleetwood Mac is not making their long-awaited Glastonbury debut this year – the full line up has been announced, the posters have been made. Forget about it. But that doesn’t mean the legendary band won’t in the future, after Christine McVie confirmed the group’s desire to play the world-famous festival to The Daily Star.
Fleetwood Mac perform in Glasgow
Having just picked up her Lifetime Achievement Award at The Ivors, McVie – who re-joined the band full time not long ago, said: "If Michael Eavis provides the wellies I'll be there." It was a double scoop, too, as the singer confirmed that the band is recording another album. "We are making new music right now," she added. "It's half done, then the world tour starts in September."
The LA metallers will be bringing their legendary live show to Worthy Farm.
Pack up your hemp baskets and herbal healing tents and swap 'em for some New Rock boots and a devil's horns salute: Metallica have been announced to headline Glastonbury Festival 2014. The US heavy metal group are the unexpected and final main act to be announced and will be bringing their bombastic live show to Worthy Farm on the Saturday night alongside Kasabian and Arcade Fire.
James Hetfield & Metallica Will Be Bringing Their Explosive Live Show To Glastonbury 2014.
It seems that a welcome wind of change has finally blown across the fields of the Pilton site in Somerset as the Californian rock quartet's imminent arrival is heralded by fans who have been lucky to have picked up a ticket before they all sold out in April. However, there have been concerns over whether the average Glastonbury festivalgoer will be familiar with or even receptive to James Hetfield and co.'s music.
Continue reading: Say Your Prayers! Enter Metallica For Glastonbury Festival
The festival's new license could see staff passes rise, which is exciting news isn't it?
The well-trodden fields of Worthy Farm will be privy to live music, stabbed by tent pegs and defecated on for another decade thanks to Glastonbury Festival’s new 10-year license, ensuring the world-famous annual weekend get-together will run on.
Glastonbury revellers having a whale of a time
The festival attracts 135,000+ visitors nearly every year to the South West of England, in Somerset, where the world’s biggest stars enjoy the sunshine/endure the mud playing huge headline sets and intimate gigs in any of the myriad stages on offer.
Continue reading: Ten More Years! Glastonbury Festival Gets License For Another Decade
Could this be the lineup for Glastonbury Festival 2014?
Some acts may still be rumours and others are yet to be confirmed, but we have a strong suspicion that this is what the Glastonbury Festival Lineup for 2014 will end up looking like! Eek, we can't wait! The three day music festival is the hottest (and most quickly sold out) ticket of the year, and with a (rumoured) lineup like this, who’s surprised?
Prince is rumoured to be performing at Glastonbury Festival 2014
Indie rock band Arcade Fire have already confirmed their Friday night slot on the Pyramid Stage at the festival. The Canadian band are fortunate to be playing on the Friday night before everybody has had a sleepless few days and energy starts to die down! Actually, on second thought, Glastonbury Festival goers never really lose any energy. There must be something in the air which keeps them all going.
Continue reading: Could This Be The Lineup For Glastonbury Festival 2014?
She's the themepark owner who's godmother to Miley Cyrus, there's a lot to learn about Dolly Parton
With the news that Dolly Parton will be playing at this year’s Glastonbury festival, we’ve decided to brush up on our knowledge about the legendary country singer.
She started young
Continue reading: Dolly Parton: 10 Facts About The Glastonbury Performer
Is Prince headlining Glastonbury 2014?
Speculation that Prince will headline the Glastonbury 2014 line-up reached fever pitch on Tuesday, when the Purple Rain singer refused to deny the rumours at a special press conference held in the living room of singer Lianne La Havas.
Prince To Headline Glastonbury 2014?
Prince was non-committal when asked by BBC6 Music's Matt Everitt whether he was playing the famous Pilton festival, replying, "(I'm) concentrating on these shows in London, I don't know what's happening after." When pushed on whether he could rule out the slot, Prince gave a definitive, "No," adding, "We'll work our way up, if people like us, to bigger venues."
Continue reading: Prince Refuses To Rule Out Headlining Glastonbury 2014
It was all big heads and guitars in Aus
Arcade Fire have never been afraid to approach their live shows with unpredictability and finesse. Their latest jaunt – over in Australia for the Big Day Out festival – saw the band sporting oversized papier-mâché heads, and we’ve got some cool photos.
Arcade Fire rock the Australian crowd
While the U.K’s festival season is far from kicking off – the rainy weather isn’t exactly conducive to a hassle free camping experience – Australia is in full swing, dancing around like idiots to the latest cool band.
Dolly Parton could be bringing her country tunes to Glastonbury.
As we speculated back in October, Dolly Parton is to be confirmed to perform at Glastonbury 2014. The "9 to 5" singer is likely to appear in the Sunday Legends slot on the Pyramid Stage, previously filled by Tom Jones, Shirley Bassey and Ray Davies.
Dolly Parton Is Likely To Play Glastonbury
It would mark the 67-year-old's debut appearance at the legendary festival at Worthy Farm in Pilton, Somerset.
Continue reading: Dolly Parton To Be Announced For Glastonbury 2014
The Canadian rockers confirmed the news themselves via their Twitter
Arcade Fire are officially headliners at Glastonbury 2014! After much speculation and finger crossing, the Canadian alt-rockers have been confirmed as the first headline act for 2014's outing at Worth Farm in Somerset next June.
Arcade Fire will headline Glasto for the first time
The band confirmed their billing themselves, taking to Twitter to reveal a list of European dates due to take place in the same week at the end of June. As well as the stop off at Worthy Farm, AF will also be paying Rock In Roma and Villa Franca Di Verona a visit, as well as headlining a show at Marlay Park in Dublin. The band's own announcement was later followed up by a tweet from festival organiser Emily Eavis, with a statement from the festival's own Twitter page reading: "We're very pleased to announce that Arcade Fire will headline the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury 2014 on Friday 27th June."
Continue reading: Arcade Fire Confirmed As First Headlining Act For Glastonbury 2014
Dolly Parton looks to have time to hit Glastonbury Festival next year amidst her UK and European tour.
Is legendary country star Dolly Parton in line for Glastonbury 2014? A suspicious gap in her UK June touring schedule suggests it could be a possibility.
The 'Jolene' singer would make a wonderful addition to next year's Glastonbury Festival line-up and, although nothing has yet been confirmed, it looks like there's a major gap to fill on her 2014 UK summer tour. The festival is set for June 25th - 29th 2014 with bands playing, as per usual, on the last three days. Although Dolly will be hitting London's O2 Arena on Friday 27th, she has the following weekend free which would certainly open up a Glastonbury opportunity. Exciting stuff! Plus, her fellow country star and 'Islands In The Stream' collaborator Kenny Rogers hit up the Pyramid Stage at this year's event and, after a show like that, there's definitely a fresh demand for country legends.
We are hoping, of course, that Dolly doesn't wind up in any more accidents while hitting her UK tour next year, following yesterday's 'fender bender' which took place in Nashville. She revealed in a statement yesterday (October 21st 2013): 'I was in a fender bender this morning, here in Nashville. But I am all good. Just a little tired and sore, resting at home.'
Continue reading: Dolly Parton For Glastonbury Festival 2014?
Tickets for next year's festival have taken less than one and a half hours to sell out
Glastonbury Festival came back with a bang this year following a one-year hiatus in 2012 due in part to the London 2012 Olympics. The return of Somerset's most famous summer event was such a success that people are clearly awaiting 2014's annual gathering at Worthy Farm more eagerly than ever before, as all of the 120,000 tickets made available today sold out in record time.
It took only one hour and twenty-seven minutes for Glasto 2014 to sell out completely, shattering previous records. The incredible reception afforded to the festival resulted in the festival organisers Michael and Emily Eavis being "blown away" and admitting that they were "genuinely sorry" for the many who were just that little bit too late in securing their ticket for next year's festivities. The two posted a joint statement on to the Glastonbury Twitter page issuing their condolences to those who failed in their attempts to get a ticket, with many an angry tweeter using it as a chance to voice their frustrations with the "unfair" and "fixed" booking system.
Ticket company See Tickets were also forced to apologise for any inconvenience caused when their servers crashed, rendering the site useless for about thirty minutes, causing some to miss out on tickets. The site, which was serving as the official ticket retailer for the festival, admitted to having a "very difficult half an hour" whilst it struggled to cope when as many as 3000 tickets were sold per-minute.
Continue reading: Glastonbury 2014 Tickets Sell Out In Record Time Of Just 1.5 Hours!
Who will headline Glastonbury 2014? We think we have an idea.
In an interview with NME, Eavis explained, "Next year's headliners are more or less in place. They're three bands who haven't played Glastonbury, and that's important." Though the article sent the internet into frenzy with speculation over Eavis's dream headliners Prince and Madonna, the emphasis on the word 'band' appears to suggest the acts will be more conventional four or five-pieces, perhaps in the rock genre.
Of course, both acts travel with accomplished bands - Prince particularly - though Eavis's comments leaves those possibilities in doubt - for this writer at least.
Did Beyonce refuse Channel 4 permission to broadcast her V Festival set?
After 2011's triumphant headlining set at Glastonbury, Beyonce Knowles returned to the British festival calendar to top the bill at V Festival over the weekend.
The problem is that Glastonbury is chilled out, and nice weather makes everyone more chilled out and happy to accept pretty much anything. V Festival is that little bit drunker, that little bit rowdier and in Chemsford on Saturday, that little bit wetter.
According to The Metro, the singer left fans sodden in the rain by arriving on-stage 20 minutes later, "Boo-yonce! Crowds ain't happy she is late at V Festival! 20mins in the rain and counting," tweeted one unhappy reveller.
Continue reading: Did Beyonce Ban Channel 4 From Broadcasting V Festival Performance?
Professor Green - This year Small Steps were the smallest charity at the Glastonbury Festival, but it still managed to get shoes from celebrities in attendance such as Rita Ora, Professor Green, Kate Nash, Kenny Rogers, B. Traits and Seasick Steve, with more still to come from acts including Mick Jagger, Ronnie Wood, Charlie Watts, Example, Iggy Azalea and Jake Bugg. - Glastonbury, United Kingdom - Friday 5th July 2013
Mumford & Sons closed out the Glastonbury Festival, but preferred the Olympic Park crowd.
Mumford & Sons headlined a one-day festival at London's Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park last night (July 6, 2013) playing to a 60,000 strong hometown crowd. The band closed out the Pyramid Stage at the Glastonbury Festival on Sunday, though appeared to slight the Pilton crowd in Stratford.
"Were any of you lot at Glastonbury last weekend? It was a very pleasant experience... [but] you guys are sh*t loads better than that gig ever was," said keyboard player Ben Lovett, according to NME.com, "Probably because you haven't done as many drugs as the people there," added banjo player Winston Marshall.
Arriving on-stage at 8.45pm, the band began with the title track from their sophomore album Babel. "We can't tell you how happy we are to be home. Thanks so much for coming tonight," said frontman Marcus Mumford.
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Este Haim, bassist for LA band, Haim, began to feel unwell during their early slot on the Friday of Glastonbury Festival.
One of the three Haim sisters fell ill whilst on the Pyramid Stage today at Glastonbury Festival (28th June) - Este Haim began falling ill in the middle of the first of the band's two performances this weekend, blaming diabetes. Despite feeling a little off, the bassist began to play the rest of the songs on a stool and explained after their set: "Sometimes diabetes gets the better of you." According to DIY, Este declared to the crowd mid-set: "I'm not going to let this get the better of me, especially when there are so many beautiful people here. If I pass out, will someone give me mouth to mouth?" After she recovered, she declared it to be "the best day of [her] life."
Bassist Este Haim In Action.
Este is the eldest of the three sisters in the band from California's San Fernando valley- with Alana and Danielle Haim, and also including drummer Dash Hutton. She has become famous to her extreme facial expressions she pulls whilst playing bass guitar, with her "bassface" even having a Twitter account dedicated to it. She holds a degree in Ethnomusicology, revealing to the London Evening Standard that she finished the five year degree in just two, and plays guitar as well as bass.
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