Glastonbury Festival 2008

2008 Glastonbury News

Half the tickets for 2009’s Glastonbury music festival have been sold already, eight months before the Somerset festival is due to take place. Tickets went on sale on Sunday morning and by early evening more than half the 137,500 places were snapped up. Fans were able reserve places by paying a £50 deposit, or they could buy their tickets outright for £175 each. Spokesman John Shearlaw said he was “chuffed” so many tickets had gone for the event at Worthy Farm, Pilton. Next year’s Glastonbury runs for five days, from June 24 to 28. The early ticket sale comes after last year’s event failed to sell out on the first day. Despite that, Shearlaw said he had not expected the tickets to sell out so far in advance. “That would have been extraordinary, without a line-up and eight months before the event,” he said. “You can look at it from both sides because if they had all sold out, there would have been eight months of turning people away.”We are very calm about it – it’s a vote of confidence.” He added being able to pay a deposit so early for the ticket helped out students. “It’s brilliant that here we are in October talking about a festival that isn’t happening until next year.
POSTED: 06/10/08 – Source: BBC News Online

Glastonbury festival organiser Michael Eavis has said the event’s new ticket scheme will be “fairer for everyone”. Tickets for the three day bash go on sale on 5 October with fans having the option to pay a deposit of £50 or buy a ticket outright. Glastonbury 2009 will be held over the weekend of 26-28 June.Eavis said: “After three years, I am now confident that we have developed the fairest ticketing operation available anywhere.” He added: “With the new scheme, backed by the all-important registration process, everyone has an equal chance of getting a ticket. And most importantly, every ticket will be going to a genuine festival-goer direct. “I’m also convinced that the £50 deposit will help a lot of people to spread the payment for their ticket over a much longer period.” There will be no limit on the number of tickets fans can purchase, as long as each ticket is matched to a valid registration number.
POSTED: 01/10/08 – Source: BBC Newsbeat Online

Fans wanting to attend next year’s Glastonbury Festival will be able to reserve their tickets six months earlier than normal for a £50 deposit. From October, 100,000 tickets will be made available. Organiser Michael Eavis said they were changing the ticketing system because of the confusion surrounding the sale of this year’s tickets. They will be put on sale ahead of other major music festivals in the hope this will avoid this year’s slow sales. Fans will then pay the full amount on 1 April and if they decide not to go ahead with the purchase they will charged £10.
POSTED: 27/07/08 – Source: BBC News Online

The Oasis guitarist, Noel Gallagher has defended his comments about Jay-Z headlining last weekend’s Glastonbury Festival.He said: “The broadsheets get hold of it and have me going down Hyde Park Corner blasting and slamming. “For the record, I Iike Jay-Z. That’s my opinion. “If it offends people, don’t ask me anymore questions. “I should do these things and answer like every two-bit pop star.”
POSTED: 04/07/08 – Source: BBC Newsbeat

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Festival organiser, Michael Eavis has told BBC Points West that he has already been talking to five acts to headline at next year’s festival. He says out of the five acts he hopes to get at least three to perform next year. He also said he was very worried by the slow ticket sales and even lost weight with the worry. Tickets did eventually sell out on Thursday night.
POSTED: 30/06/08

This year saw crime more than double on last year. There were 554 crimes, mainly theft from tents. A police spokeswoman played down the crime saying these figures mean 97% of people are leaving the festival without being a victim of crime.
POSTED: 30/06/08

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The Verve have closed this year’s Glastonbury Festival, but took a swipe at organiser Michael Eavis, who they suggested opposed their headline slot. Singer Richard Ashcroft said Mr Eavis’ daughter Emily booked them and her father was “worried we weren’t going to be as good as Keane or something”. Veteran Canadian singer Leonard Cohen and crooner Neil Diamond also played on the Pyramid Stage on the final day. Lily Allen joined Mark Ronson on stage, as the sun shone for much of the day.

This year’s festival will go down as a success after fine weather made up for earlier rain, while controversy over the line-up also dried up. The Verve closed their set with three of their biggest hits, The Drugs Don’t Work, Lucky Man and Bittersweet Symphony. “I want to thank Emily Eavis for inviting us to play Glastonbury,” Ashcroft told the crowd. “And I hope her dad realises why she booked us now.” Mr Eavis founded the festival on his Somerset dairy farm 38 years ago. This year’s line-up came in for criticism because of the choice of Jay-Z to play on Saturday night, the first hip-hop headliner in the event’s history. “A shout out to Jay-Z for putting in a big performance last night,” Ashcroft said. “But tonight it’s rock ‘n’ roll.” The reformed rock band provided a more conventional headline slot, with their hits providing some anthemic moments.

Neil Diamond was among the other stars of Sunday, singing a number of hits in what is traditionally the oldies’ afternoon slot. He played classics like Sweet Caroline, Cherry Cherry and Forever in Blue Jeans. The 67-year-old said he was “real happy” to be at the festival, adding: “I’ve brought my wellies but they’re not going to be needed.”

The sun was out for much of Sunday, meaning mud created by rain on Thursday and Friday had almost all dried out by the end of the festival. To the relief of fans, it was the first Glastonbury since 2004 that had not been a mudbath. The fine weather also contributed to a warm and laid-back atmosphere, with people able to sit and relax without the fear of getting caked in mud.
POSTED: 30/06/08 – Source: BBC Online

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It was the set that Noel Gallagher was dead against, but rapper Jay-Z has given a world class performance at this year’s Glastonbury. After all the controversy and build up, the hip-hop star has had the last laugh after one of the biggest crowds of the weekend watched the first ever hip-hop headline slot on the Pyramid Stage.

Gallagher, who claimed that hip-hop had no place at the festival, even unwittingly opened the set. Before the controversial star even appeared, a short film montage was played on the huge screens surrounding the structure. It began with a quote from Gallagher who, on hearing the organiser Michael Eavis had booked the Brooklyn born rapper to play the festival’s top slot said: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” The film then included a series of images which included the Queen, Prime Minister Gordon Brown and George Clooney made to look like they were endorsing Jay-Z’s appearance. But just when you thought that would be the last dig at the brothers Gallagher, Jay-Z, (real name Shaun Carter) had another trick up his sleeve. He appeared on stage with a guitar slung over his shoulders to the tune of Wonderwall, one of Oasis’ biggest hits. He then proceeded to lip synch, albeit pretty badly, to the song, leading fans on a singalong. He eventually cast off the guitar and announced: “For anyone who didn’t get the memo, I’m Jay-Z and I’m f*****’ awesome.”

Jay then crashed into one of his biggest hits, 99 Problems, using a sample of the classic rock song Back In Black by AC/DC. The Brooklyn born rapper kept the audience sweet with lots of UK references, using samples of Prodigy’s Smack My B***h Up, Amy Winehouse’s Rehab, and American Boy by Estelle. At one point he cheekily suggested his ‘jewels’ were being guarded by the Queen.

Despite rumours of guests including Chris Martin, Linkin Park, Beyonce and Kanye West, Jay-Z carried the show on his own shoulders. It looked like a statement of intent that he was determined to win over Glastonbury on his own. Visually, he used some striking images including President Bush and presidential hopeful Barack Obama. Jay was charismatic and engaging throughout the show but if there is one negative, it was that most of the audience didn’t know much of the material. Other than when they were encouraged to participate in a bit of call and response, ‘Baby I love…Hova’, many of the tracks were lost on people. As he neared the end of his performance, Jay-Z asked people about the controversy surrounding his set. He said: “So, I hear you guys didn’t want me here tonight? “They said you weren’t into hip-hop. One question Glastonbury, ‘Where is the love?'” A spectacular encore of his track, Encore, was a highlight of the set. And it confirmed organiser Michael Eavis’s faith in the rapper’s headlining abilities. Jay said: “Glastonbury, I want to thank you, we came from Brooklyn, New York to be here tonight. “This was a beautiful moment.” In many ways, the set has put Jay-Z back on the UK festival map.
POSTED: 29/06/08 – Source: BBC Newsbeat

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Amy Winehouse has appeared to throw a punch at a fan. She lashed out at someone who tried to grab her hair as she finished her set alongside fans in front of the stage, her spokesman said. “The ‘lashing out’ was when someone tried to grab her hair and she reacted,” the spokesman said. But footage of the incident did not clearly show what provoked her lunge.
POSTED: 29/06/08 – Source: BBC Online

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Amy Winehouse has sung an hour-long set at the Glastonbury Festival, which has seen stars such as James Blunt, Shakin’ Stevens and Duffy wowing crowds. Winehouse – who wore a dark blue dress covered in sequins – is now due to return to hospital in London to continue treatment for a lung problem. “Thanks for your support,” the troubled star told the Pyramid Stage audience. She performed tracks such as Cupid, Rehab and Tears Dry on Their Own and will be followed soon by rapper Jay-Z. The US artist, a controversial choice for some fans, is top of Saturday’s bill. His booking as headliner has caused consternation for some, but Winehouse said he had “got front to come here… with tunes you don’t even remember”. She was disparaging about rapper Kanye West, repeatedly using four-letter words while talking about him during her set. But she spoke fondly of her husband, Blake Fielder-Civil, referring to him between songs and including his name in some of her lyrics. He is currently in jail, awaiting sentencing after admitting grievous bodily harm and perverting the course of justice over an attack in 2006. Winehouse also performed two songs off the stage, moving into the pit immediately beyond the front row of the crowd, where she danced and shook fans’ hands.
POSTED: 28/06/08 – Source: BBC Online

Crime has almost doubled compared with the same stage last year, with 342 reported offences, up from 177 in 2007. Much of that increase is down to a rise in thefts from tents. Police also said the A37 road leading to the site remained shut on Saturday morning, two days after a fire at a scrapyard about a mile from the festival.
POSTED: 28/06/08 – Source: BBC Online

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All eyes will be on US rapper Jay-Z and troubled singer Amy Winehouse when they play the most hotly anticipated sets of this year’s Glastonbury Festival later. Winehouse returned to hospital on Friday night to continue treatment for a lung problem after singing two tracks at the Nelson Mandela birthday concert. And the choice of Jay-Z as headliner has caused consternation among some. There is little excitement among most festival fans about the prospect of seeing one of the kings of hip-hop. Some say they will watch him merely out of curiosity, and to see who his special guests are. Jay-Z’s wife Beyonce, Coldplay singer Chris Martin and rock collaborators Linkin Park have all been rumoured as possible guests.Other fans are planning to watch something else instead, while true Jay-Z fans appear to be in the minority. The rapper is expected to use a BBC interview with Oasis star Noel Gallagher, in which he said hip-hop at Glastonbury was “wrong”, as part of his intro on stage. He will be preceded on the main Pyramid Stage by Winehouse, who has a one-hour slot. The Grammy-winning singer will be driven to the Somerset site from the London Clinic, where she is being treated for traces of emphysema. She will then return to the hospital after her set. Winehouse performed her hits Rehab and Valerie at the Nelson Mandela concert in Hyde Park on Friday, and also returned to the stage for the finale of Free Nelson Mandela. But Glastonbury will be her first full UK show for seven months. Other acts on the main stage on Saturday include Shakin’ Stevens, James Blunt, Crowded House, Manu Chao and The Raconteurs. Elsewhere, Massive Attack, Buddy Guy, Biffy Clyro and Will Young will be among the artists on the other stages. US rock band Kings of Leon closed the first night of the festival on the main Pyramid Stage on Friday. There is some mud underfoot after rain on Thursday and Friday, but fans have so far been spared a full-on mud bath of the type that marred the last two festivals, in 2005 and 2007. Some 172,000 people were on site by Saturday morning, police said.
POSTED: 28/06/08 – Source: BBC Online

Revellers at the Glastonbury Festival are facing a weekend in wellies yet again after rain hit the site. Heavy showers fell late on Thursday, but most fans were refusing to let the weather get in the way of the party. The main stages are due to open later, hosting acts like Kings of Leon, Pete Doherty, Jimmy Cliff and Fatboy Slim. Other attractions include a silent disco, a planetarium, a whirlpool bath and a replica New York nightclub. The event in Somerset is in its 38th year. Most of the 137,000 fans have now arrived and set up camp. They are hoping further rain will hold off and prevent a quagmire on the scale of the last two festivals, in 2007 and 2005. Those mudbaths have been partly to blame for putting fans off buying tickets this year.Some fans arriving on Friday are expected to face delays getting to the site after a nearby fire on Thursday. The blaze, at a scrapyard a mile from the site, caused the closure of the A37, which police expect to remain shut until at least 1200 BST on Friday.
POSTED: 27/06/08 – Source: BBC Online

Michael Eavis said he nearly gave up organising the Glastonbury Festival after last year’s wash-out. In 2007, the cost of clearing up 30,000 tents and 180,000 tent pegs was £800k. “Last year I thought I genuinely can’t do this anymore. All the tents were left behind and the site was a mess,” he said. Mr Eavis said he “soon got over that” and would now like to continue organising the festival until he is 80 years old – another seven years. “It’s a schoolboy’s dream come true this is,” he said. “When it works like this, we’ve got the best, fantastic show.” This year is set to be the first time in 15 years the event has not sold out in advance. Mr Eavis told BBC Somerset he believed three years of mud had taken its toll and that some people may have thought the festival was “getting too big for its boots”. He also defended the controversial decision to have US rapper Jay-Z as a headline act, saying it was boring to stick with rock bands. He said it was important to make changes from time to time but admitted they had “stuck their necks out on this one”. “We’re changing the style of the event all the time. We’re improving it and looking for the next best thing all the time,” he said. Mr Eavis added that there would still be a Glastonbury Festival in the next 10 years, but probably not in 20.
POSTED: 27/06/08 – Source: BBC Online

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A fire near the Glastonbury Festival site has caused delays for thousands of revellers travelling to the event. The blaze at a scrapyard about a mile from the festival in Somerset prompted the closure of the A37. Police said it would not reopen until Friday. Organiser Michael Eavis apologised for the “havoc” on the roads. But he told those stuck in traffic earlier on Thursday: “All I can say is we’ve got wall-to-wall sunshine, we’ve got a hell of a good show for you when you do eventually arrive, and basically you will have the time of your life without any question. “Keep your chins up, keep cheerful, and just remember there’s light at the end of the rainbow and it finishes at Worthy Farm.” The sun shone for most of the day on Thursday, but some rain is forecast on Friday, when the music starts. Mr Eavis said his event was “within a few hundred” tickets of selling its full 137,500 allocation.
POSTED: 26/06/08 – Source: BBC Online

Farmer Michael Eavis has opened the gates to his west country home for this year’s Glastonbury Festival. More than 35,000 music lovers are expected to arrive at the 900-acre Worthy Farm for first day of the music and arts event. Forecasts this year have not predicted a complete washout. “It’s not going to be as wet as past years but there will be some rain – mainly light showers on Thursday night and Saturday,” said BBC Weather’s Alex Deakin. “Although hopefully not enough to cause masses of mud and hopefully there’ll be some sunshine too, especially on Sunday. “There will be a stiff breeze but it won’t blow any tents away.”
POSTED: 25/06/08 – Source: BBC Online

Amy Winehouse will still perform at Glastonbury this weekend despite being diagnosed with a lung condition called emphysema. It is lung damage and can start as mild breathlessness. It eventually means the body does not get enough oxygen, leading to further breathing problems and even contribute to death. Her dad Mitch has said she would recover “completely” as long as she stopped smoking.
POSTED: 23/06/08

Festival-goers at Glastonbury next weekend will be able to charge up their mobile phones using a windmill. The windmill will charge 100 phones an hour using wind-power and solar panels. The phones will be safely locked away while they charge.
POSTED: 22/06/08

Glastonbury fans will be able to snap up the last remaining tickets for the festival at selected HMV stores. Ten thousand tickets will be sold over the counter at seven of its major city branches including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow and Cardiff. “With just a couple of weeks to go, we want to make it as easy as possible for people to buy the last few festival tickets,” organiser Michael Eavis said. Tickets for £155 plus applicable fees are on sale on 11 June from 0800BST. Buyers will be allowed to buy a maximum of six tickets each and will need to provide their name, which will be written on the ticket at the time of purchase. They must also ensure they bring personal photographic ID to the festival when they arrive to comply with the festival’s anti-touting policy.
Tickets will be available from:
• HMV Bristol, 21/23 Broadmead
• HMV Glasgow, Argyle Street
• HMV Newcastle, 56 Northumberland Street
• HMV Manchester, 90 Market Street
• HMV Birmingham, 38 High Street
• HMV Cardiff, 53 Queens Street
• HMV London, 150 Oxford Street
Rapper Jay-Z, The Verve and Kings of Leon are headlining the Pyramid stage at the event at Worthy Farm, Somerset, from 27-29 June.
POSTED: 10/06/08 – Source: BBC Online

Glastonbury Festival organiser, Michael Eavis has apparently rejected, Pink Floyd legend, David Gilmour’s offer to perform at the event. David apparently personally called Eavis to offer his support but was told he was surplus to requirements.
POSTED: 08/06/08

Amy Winehouse and Neil Diamond have been confimed to play at this year’s festival. Here is the confirmation taken from the Glastonbury Festival website. “We are very happy to announce that Amy Winehouse will be returning to the Festival again this year following her two amazing performances on the Pyramid and Jazz World stages in 2007. We can also confirm that legendary singer-songwriter, Neil Diamond will be playing the iconic main stage on the Sunday afternoon.”
POSTED: 23/05/08

Jay-Z has finally broken his silence and spoke about headlining Glastonbury this year. He has hit back at, Oasis star, Noel Gallagher for saying that a hip-hop artist is wrong for Glastonbury. Jay-Z said “We don’t play guitars, Noel, but hip-hop has put in its work like any other form of music”. He went on “we have to respect each others genre of music and move forward.”
POSTED: 18/05/08

This year’s Glastonbury Festival Line-Up has been officially revealed and we have listed some of the main stages below. A full list for all stages can be found on the official Glastonbury website by clicking HERE.

  Friday Saturday Sunday
Pyramid Stage

Kings of Leon
The Fratellis
The Editors
The Gossip
The Feeling
KT Tunstall
Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly
The Subways
Kate Nash

Jay-Z
Very Special Guest
Manu Chao
The Raconteurs
James Blunt
Crowded House
Seasick Steve
Shakin’ Stevens

The Verve
Leonard Cohen
Goldfrapp
Very Special Guest
John Meyer
Gilbert O’Sullivan

Other Stage

Panic at the Disco
The Enemy
We are Scientists
Foals
The Hoosiers
Ben Folds
Vampire Weekend
Joe Ling and the Jing Jang Jong
Hilltop Hoods

Massive Attack
Hot Chip
Elbow
Duffy
The Wombats
Neon Neon
Black Kids
The Golden Silvers
The Travelling Band

Groove Armada
The Zutons
Pidgeon Detectives
Scouting For Girls
Mark Ronson
Jack Penate
Newton Faulkner
Black Mountain
The Hoodoo Gurus
Emmy the Great

John Peel Stage The Cribs 
Reverend and the Makers
The Kills
MGMT
The Ting Tings    
The Young Knives 
Lightspeed Champion
Make Model
Glasvegas 
Patrick Watson 
Royworld
Biffy Clyro 
The Futureheads 
Band of Horses 
The Black Lips 
Vampire weekend 
The Courteneers 
British Sea Power 
Holy Fuck 
The Teenagers 
Hilltop Hoods
Emmy the Great
Dogtanion 

The National 
Spiritualized 
Crystal Castles 
Brian Jones Town Massacre 
Stars 
Rocket Summer 
Friendly Fires 
The Whip
Yeasayer

Jazz World Stage

Jimmy Cliff
Estelle
Fun Lovin’ Criminals
Very Special Guest
Candi Staton
Alabama 3
Very Special Guest
Phantom Limb
Mankala

Ethiopiques
Buddy Guy
Imagined Village
Joan Armatrading
Eric Bibb
Massukos
The Blessing
Special Guest
Bedouin
Jerry Can Band

Very Special Guest
King Solomon Burke
Eddy Grant
Dub Colossus
Asere & Billy Cobham
Balkan Beat Box
Almasala
Portico Quartet
Sense of Sound

Acoustic Stage

Seasick Steve
Sinead O’Connor        
Newton Faulkner
Arno Carstens
Eddi Reader
Camille O’Sullivan  
Eleanor McEvoy  
Devon Sproule   
Acoustic Stage Blues Club With Grainne Duffy

Gilbert O’Sullivan
The Swell Season Featuring Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova    
Glenn Tilbrook & The Fluffers
Seth Lakeman
Andy Fairweather Low & The Low Riders
Thea Gilmore
Sid Griffin & The Coal Porters
Emily Maguire
Acoustic Stage Blues Club with Grainne Duffy
The Travelling Band

Joan Baez
Suzanne Vega        
The London Community Gospel Choir
Stackridge
Tom Baxter
Tift Merritt
Foy Vance
Acoustic Stage Blues Club With Grainne Duffy
Amsterdam
Lazenby

The Park Stage Pete Doherty
Dizzee Rascal
John Cale
Very Special Guest 
Edwyn Collins
The Duke Spirit
Operator Please
Sons & Daughters
Santogold
Beggars
Magic Wands
Island Line
The Langley Sisters

CSS
Battles
MGMT
Very Special Guest
‘Music Through Unconventional Means’ with Shlomo’s Vocal Orchestra & Special Guests
Kool Keith & Kutmaster Kurt
Special Guest
Alphabeat
St Vincent
Jape
Eugene McGuinness

My Morning Jacket
Tunng
Vetiver
Caribou
Laura Marling
The Mystery Jets
Kathryn Williams & Neill MacColl
The Cave Singers
Alberta Cross
Mumford & Sons
Alan Tyler & The Lost Sons
Redbridge Brass Band

POSTED: 01/05/08

The Glastonbury festival line-up for this year has been leaked to the media a few days before organisers had planned to announce it on Thursday. Emily Eavis has said that some details on the leaked line-up had been “wrong”. She blamed a printing firm mole for leaking details of acts performing on the festival’s main three stages. “I’m not really angry about it, it is normal for bits and bobs to come out,” she said. The official line-up is listed on The Guardian and Q magazine’s websites.
POSTED: 29/04/08

Noel Gallagher has criticised the decision to have a hip-hop act headlining the Glastonbury Festival. The Oasis guitarist said having rapper Jay-Z at the festival was the reason tickets had not sold out this year. He said it was “wrong” to have a hip-hop headliner and added that organisers had changed things too much. He said “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it. “If you start to break it then people aren’t going to go. I’m sorry, but Jay-Z? No chance. “Glastonbury has a tradition of guitar music and even when they throw the odd curve ball in on a Sunday night you go ‘Kylie Minogue?’. Michael Eavis’ daughter Emily has hit back at what she calls “strangely hysterical press reports” and denied that the festival, traditionally a showcase for rock bands, was trying to capture a different audience. Writing in the Independent Newspaper she wrote they felt “honoured” to have the hip-hop star. “He is absolutely the right act for our festival”.
POSTED: 15/04/08

Glastonbury organiser Michael Eavis said slow ticket sales are due to terrible weather in previous years, not the choice of the main headline act Jay-Z. Last Sunday was the first time in recent memory that tickets did not sale out on the first day. 100,000 had sold on the first day out of a total of 137,500 so organisers we forced to re-open registration for tickets on their website. Emily Eavis played it down saying “To be honest, there aren’t that many tickets left to sell. They’ll probably trickle along I imagine over the next few weeks. There won’t be a massive surge.”
POSTED: 13/04/08

It has been rumoured that The Kings Of Leon, The Verve and Jay-Z have all been signed to headline at this year’s Glastonbury Festival in June.
POSTED: 10/02/08

Festival goers hoping to go to Glastonbury this year have been told they must register next month to be in with a chance of getting tickets. People must submit their contact details and a passport photo during February in order to buy tickets when they go on sale on 6th April. Organiser Michael Eavis said “I agree it is a tedious business, but people appreciate why we’re doing it.”
POSTED: SUNDAY 13/01/08