Glastonbury Festival 2010

2010 Glastonbury News


2010 saw the first totally dry festival since 2002. This year’s show will be remembered for the unusually sunny weather and the number of surprise guests. U2 guitarist The Edge joined Muse, Kylie Minogue sang with Scissor Sisters, Radiohead’s Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood played an unannounced set and Lou Reed was among those on stage with Gorillaz on Friday. Prince Charles also surprised fans when he went on a walkabout and trod the Pyramid Stage boards during the festival’s first royal visit on Thursday. The show on Mr Eavis’s dairy farm in Pilton, Somerset, was hailed as a success by fans. Michael Eavis has said he had lined up three “really good” headliners next year, but would not say who they were. Dehydration and sunburn accounted for most of the 3,000 cases seen by medical teams by 1100 BST on Sunday. Two people died after suffering heart attacks on site on Friday night. They were a 46-year-old man from London, who was in the dance tent, and a man in his 70s from East Sussex. Crime was down on last year, with 345 reported offences by 0900 BST on Sunday, compared with 363 in 2009. Earlier, Mr Eavis said he hoped U2 would make it to the event in the future after the band were forced to pull out this year. Asked whether he would like U2 to appear in the future, Mr Eavis replied: “This is an ongoing conversation for next year.
POSTED: Mon- 28/06/10 – Source: BBC News Online


Soul legend Stevie Wonder has helped the Glastonbury Festival celebrate its 40th anniversary with a crowd-pleasing set to close this year’s event. He brought festival founder Michael Eavis on to the main Pyramid Stage to help sing a version of Happy Birthday. Other artists on stage on Sunday included flamboyant singer Paloma Faith, ex-Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash and reggae legends Toots and the Maytals. Former Kinks singer Ray Davies performed and paid tribute to the group’s bassist Pete Quaife, who died recently.
POSTED: Mon- 28/06/10 – Source: BBC News Online


Many festival-goers watched England’s World Cup defeat against Germany on Sunday. Organisers were forced to find a second field to show the game on big screens after discussions with police. An empty field outside the site was earmarked. The two designated football arenas accommodated 80,000 fans. Opening the new field and providing toilets, screens and water cost £50,000, Mr Eavis said.
POSTED: Mon- 28/06/10 – Source: BBC News Online

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Stadium rockers Muse followed Scissor Sisters on the Pyramid Stage and The Edge came out with the band for their encore. Their version of Where The Streets Have No Name provided a memorable Glastonbury moment. The Edge’s appearance went some way to making up for U2’s absence, due to Bono needing emergency spinal surgery. Other acts on the bill on Saturday included Shakira, The Pet Shop Boys, The xx and Laura Marling.
POSTED: Sun- 27/06/10 – Source: BBC News Online

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Kylie Minogue has made her Glastonbury Festival debut as a guest with Scissor Sisters on the main Pyramid Stage. The pop star was due to headline the event in 2005 but pulled out when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Kylie appeared for one song as a surprise guest to help celebrate the festival’s 40th anniversary. Another unexpected star appeared later, when U2 guitarist The Edge played with headliners Muse. U2 had been due to play but were forced to pull out. Festivalgoers have been enjoying blazing sunshine rather than the customary rain and mud. More than 2,100 people have been treated by the festival medical team – many for dehydration and sunburn. Two people died after suffering heart attacks on site on Friday night.
POSTED: Sun- 27/06/10 – Source: BBC News Online

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Crime at the 2010 Glastonbury festival is marginally down on last year, organisers have announced as the event enters its second day of music (June 25). According to police figures there have been 277 crimes reported so far, down by 13 on this stage last year.The figure includes 156 reported thefts from tents. So far there have been 93 arrests, of which 77 were for possession with intent to supply.
POSTED: Sat- 26/06/10 – Source:

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Radiohead’s Thom Yorke has surprised fans with a set at the Glastonbury Festival, but stand-in headliners Gorillaz struggled to ignite the crowd. Yorke and bandmate Jonny Greenwood played on the relatively small Park stage, which normally hosts new bands. Meanwhile, Damon Albarn’s art pop band Gorillaz replaced U2 on the main Pyramid Stage after Bono hurt his back. The greatest crowd excitement came during the last two songs, the 2001 hit Clint Eastwood and Feel Good Inc, from 2005. The set made Albarn the first person to headline Glastonbury with two different bands after he topped the bill with a reformed Blur last year. This year, he was joined by a string of special guests including Lou Reed, rapper Snoop Dogg, The Happy Mondays’ Shaun Ryder and Mark E Smith from The Fall. Other highlights on Friday included Dizzee Rascal, Groove Armada, Florence and the Machine and the Flaming Lips.
POSTED: Sat- 26/06/10 – Source: BBC News Online

The Glastonbury Festival has kicked off in earnest with veteran singer and artist Rolf Harris taking to the main Pyramid stage. A huge crowd gathered in the sunny weather to see the 80-year-old sing a selection of his songs. The forecast for the weekend is for sun, with temperatures reaching 28C. More than 1,180 people have already been treated by medical staff, mostly for heat-related problems such as sunstroke and dehydration. But the fine weather has been welcomed by many fans, who are more used to experiencing Glastonbury in the mud rather than the sun. It has rained at every festival since 2002.
POSTED: Fri- 25/06/10 – Source: BBC News Online

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Prince Charles has made an appearance on the Glastonbury Festival’s famous Pyramid Stage during a visit to the legendary music event in Somerset. His brief appearance on the main stage surprised fans who were enjoying the sun the day before the first bands are due to play on the major stages. Organiser Michael Eavis said his event had “finally got the royal seal of approval” on its 40th anniversary.
POSTED: Thurs- 24/06/10 – Source: BBC News Online

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With live music still more than 24 hours away, an estimated 100,000 football fans took the chance to watch England win their last World Cup group game against Slovenia. England’s 1-0 victory was shown on the Pyramid Stage screens and with Fabio Capello’s players securing a place in the last sixteen, organisers say later matches will also be shown live.
POSTED: Weds- 23/06/10 – Source: BBC News Online

Thousands of music lovers have started arriving for this year’s Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm in Somerset. Although the music does not start until Thursday, police are warning that heavy traffic is building up around the site and people should expect delays. Unusually, forecasters have predicted hot weather for the three-day festival, following the downpours of recent years. All 140,000 tickets have been sold and, in an attempt to ease traffic flow, organisers opened up the site’s car parks on Tuesday night. But, with an estimated 100,000 fans arriving at the grounds on Wednesday, there have already been traffic problems. Local police are warning people to expect long delays the closer they get to the site. Organisers have distributed water to cars stuck in the traffic jams. A spokeswoman from Somerset and Avon police said: “We had 15,000 vehicles on site by 10am, and there was still a lot to come. “Our advice would be to make sure you bring plenty of food and drink and be prepared for long queues. “Everyone will get in eventually, it may just be a long wait.”  Cartoon hip-hop band Gorillaz were a last-minute addition to the festival’s line-up, after a back injury forced Bono and U2 to pull out. Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Front Row, bandleader Damon Albarn admitted he was feeling nerves ahead of his slot on Friday night. “This morning I woke up and the first thing I felt a wave of anxiety about – is an audience that size going to respond to our songs? I don’t know.”
POSTED: Weds- 23/06/10 – Source: BBC News Online

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As you probably know, this year’s Glastonbury Festival will take place during the 2010 FIFA World Cup finals in South Africa. England’s last group game, against Slovenia on Wednesday June 23, will be shown on the Pyramid Stage screens (kick off 3pm). Should England qualify for the knock-out stages (fingers crossed!) their last 16 game will also be shown live at the Festival, though not on the Pyramid Stage – which will be busy with bands by that point! The game will either be on the Saturday evening at 7.30pm (if England win their group) or on Sunday afternoon at 3pm (if England are runners up in their group). Please keep an eye on the big screens, Information notice boards and the website to find out when/where the game will be shown.
POSTED: 06/06/10 – Source:

It has been announced that The Gorillaz will replace U2 for the Friday night headline slot on the Pyramid Stage. Michael Eavis said “This is going to be Gorilllaz’ only UK festival appearance, and it’ll be a massive audio visual spectacle which will really ignite the Pyramid on the Friday night, with Muse, then Stevie Wonder to follow. “I’m very excited about Gorillaz’ show coming here because they’re so open to guests and collaborations. The alchemy of Friday’s show is going to be astonishing: a perfect, contemporary way to kick off the 40th anniversary celebrations. “I am so grateful for the enthusiasm of the media and the whole of the music industry for their willingness and eagerness to support us in what could have been a crisis.”
POSTED: 27/05/10 – Source:

U2 have pulled out of the Glastonbury Festival and postponed their US tour after Bono had emergency surgery to save him from possible paralysis. The singer, 50, had a back operation on Friday after suffering an injury while training in preparation for the tour. Neurosurgeon Joerg Tonn said: “The surgery was the only course of treatment for full recovery and to avoid further paralysis.” Bono, who must recuperate for the next two months, said he was “heartbroken”. They were due to headline Glastonbury on 25 June, in the middle of their 16-date North American tour, which was booked for June and July.
POSTED: 25/05/10 – Source: BBC News Online

U2’s Glastonbury appearance is in doubt after lead singer Bono has had emergency spinal surgery after suffering an injury while preparing for tour dates. The 50-year-old musician was treated at a specialist neurosurgery clinic in Munich and is expected to stay there for a number of days. He will then return to his home in Ireland to recuperate further, a spokesman said. The band’s next tour date in the US on 3rd June has been postponed.
POSTED: 22/05/10 – Source: BBC News Online

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The full line-up for this year’s Glastonbury festival was revealed this week. The Pyramid stage will see acts such as U2, Snoop Dogg, Muse, The Scissor Sisters, Stevie Wonder and Faithless while appearing on other stages are La Roux, Kate Nash, MGMT, Ash and Laura Marling. Glastonbury organiser Michael Eavis said the line-up was “staggering”. Traditionally, the final bill is not announced until the event begins. But this year’s announcement comes days after the final batch of tickets for the music festival at Worthy Farm, Somerset, sold out. “This is it!” said Eavis. “The most staggering line up to match the 40-year reputation of the festival.” (Click the link at the top of this page for the full line-up)
POSTED: 15/04/10

Pioneering dance duo Orbital are to headline the Glastonbury Festival’s Other Stage this summer, 16 years after a legendary performance at the event. The Hartnoll brothers will play as part of the festival’s 40th anniversary. Phil Hartnoll said their famed 1994 gig was a “pivotal point” for the festival. “It twisted their head around toward dance music,” he told BBC 6 Music. “And now they’ve got a huge dance field.” The last tickets for this year’s festival will go on sale on 11 April. A “limited” number of cancelled tickets will be up for grabs to fans who have registered on their website by 31 March, organisers have announced.
POSTED: 22/03/10 – Source: BBC News Online

This year’s Glastonbury could be going Hip-Hop again. The festival came under criticism in 2008 when Jay Z headlined on the Pyramid Stage. Now reports claim that, for this year’s 40th anniversary Glastonbury festival, organiser Michael Eavis is working hard to secure rapper Snoop Dogg. The controversial hip-hop star has only just been allowed to apply for a UK visa again after a four-year ban and he has not been in the UK since 2006. After much controversy, the Jay-Z booking in 2008 did work out well after he worked the crowd with a brilliant set.
POSTED: 21/03/10

Sheffield rock band Arctic Monkeys have declared they will not perform at Glastonbury Festival, in any capacity, until they have completed a new record. “We wouldn’t want to blow it,” bassist Nick O’Malley told BBC 6 Music. “We’d rather come back after we’d done an album and do it properly.”
POSTED: 25/02/10 – Source: BBC News Online

Muse and Stevie Wonder will join U2 as headliners at this year’s Glastonbury Festival. Stadium rockers Muse will top the bill on the main Pyramid Stage on Saturday 26 June, with Motown legend Wonder closing the event the following night. U2’s appearance on the Friday had previously been announced.
POSTED: 12/02/10 – Source: BBC News Online

Glastonbury Festival has been given the go-ahead to continue for the next six years. For the first time, the council has granted the event a licence until 2016 without the need for a public hearing. In the past, licences have been subject to hearings due to objections from the public, or concerns from bodies such as police, fire or ambulance services. A council spokesman said the latest application had received few comments and almost no objections.
POSTED: 11/02/10 – Source: BBC News Online

Stevie Wonder is in talks with Glastonbury Festival for him to headline on Sunday night. Festival organiser Michael Eavis said Muse may headline on Saturday. The rock band last headlined the event in 2004. So far U2 are confirmed to headline the Pyramid Stage on the Friday night of the festival, which this year celebrates its 40th anniversary.
POSTED: 05/02/10 – Source: BBC News Online

Glastonbury Festival organisers have begun a bid for a new licence. The application to Mendip District Council asks for the car park to be opened on Tuesday rather than Wednesday morning and for more space for camping. If granted, the event’s future would be secured up to 2016. Organisers would surrender the current licence and work under the new licence’s obligations. The consultation deadline for interested parties is 20th January and a final decision is due in February. The 2010 Glastonbury Festival takes place from 23rd to 27th June, with U2 set to headline.
POSTED: 13/01/10 – Source: BBC News Online