Glastonbury Festival 2011

2011 Glastonbury News

Glastonbury organiser Michael Eavis is to be given a Lifetime Achievement Award by the European Festival Awards at next year’s ceremony. Eavis, who launched the first Glastonbury festival in 1970 after being inspired by the Isle Of Wight Festival, is being recognised for the success and influence of his Worthy Farm bash. He will be honoured with the award at the European Festival Awards ceremony in Groningen, Holland on January 11. He said:After 41 years, to win something of this magnitude is something to be incredibly proud of. To still be doing this after that amount of time is no mean feat.
POSTED: 19/12/11 – Source: NME.com.

Glastonbury Festival was named ‘Best Major Festival at the UK Festival Awards in London last night (November 15). Michael Eavis’ event picked up the title at the UK Festival Awards 2011, which was held at the Rounhouse in London Robert Richards, who is Glastonbury’s director of sponsorship and marketing, told BBC 6Music: “Michael [Eavis] always tried to make the last festival before the fallow year a particularly special one. “I think you can’t take out of the equation the lineup we had, not just on the Pyramid Stage, which was phenomenal, but across the board I think we had some incredible acts play.” The next festival will take place in 2013 – the festival is taking a break next year.
POSTED: 16/11/11 – Source: Gigwise.com

Former Smiths sticksman Mike Joyce has criticised Morrissey for singing the band’s songs at Glastonbury. The drummer took to his Twitter page Twitter.com/mikejoycedrums immediately after the show last Friday to make his feelings known. “Great performance from M at Glasto but didn’t like the cover versions,” he wrote. “M was in the group…but not in the band, those tunes belong to them. The “band” were the musicians in The Smiths…Mozzer wasn’t in the ‘band’ M was the singer/lyricist in the group.” Joyce later backtracked for branding his renditions ‘cover versions’ and added that he “just didn’t enjoy The Smiths songs”.
POSTED: 29/06/11 – Source: NME.com

Chart queen Adele may have rescheduled her North American tour dates following a bout of laryngitis, but a report has surfaced that one gig she had to nix from her calendar was a duet with Beyonce at yesterday’s Glastonbury festival. Knowing that this meeting of the divas might have gone down, but didn’t, pains us almost as much as it probably does Adele (if true)! Adele has been given doctor’s orders to not speak for a month, or else she risks permanent damage to her voice.
POSTED: Mon 27/06/11 – Source: Idolator.com

U2 frontman Bono has said he was “sick with nerves” prior to the band’s headline performance at Glastonbury on Friday night. The Irish four-piece made their debut at the three day event after pulling out in 2010 due to the singer suffering a back injury. He admitted feeling the pressure in the build up to their performance on the Pyramid Stage. “I wanted to throw up,” he told the BBC. “Whenever you see me giving up a lot of attitude that means I’m terrified. I felt like I was going to retch at the side of the stage.”
POSTED: Mon 27/06/11 – Source: NME.com

Police investigating the death of Christopher Shale, whose body was discovered in a portable toilet in the VIP backstage area of Glastonbury in the early hours of yesterday, are thought to have ruled out the idea that he committed suicide. Shale’s death, which forced police to cordon off areas of the VIP hospitality area, had previously been described as a “suicide situation” by Glastonbury boss Michael Eavis at a press conference yesterday. But according to Sky News, police sources have now said this is almost certainly not the case.
POSTED: Mon 27/06/11 – Source: NME.com

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US singer Beyonce (pictured above) made her debut at Glastonbury, bringing the three-day festival to a close. She headlined the main Pyramid Stage, making her one of a handful of women to do so over the past 40 years. Beyonce played all her biggest hits and a medley of Destiny’s Child songs and got a great reception from the crowd. The 29-year-old opened her set with Crazy In Love and afterwards told the audience: “I want you all to know right now you’re witnessing my dream.” “I always wanted to be a rock star and tonight we are all rock stars,” she added. But there was no appearance on stage from her husband Jay-Z, who headlined Glastonbury in 2008. After a wet start to the weekend, it’s estimated temperatures reached up to 25C on Sunday.
POSTED: Mon 27/06/11 – Source: BBC News Online

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Michael Eavis (pictured above) has said that he has three healiners for Glastonbury festival in 2013 “lined up”. The festival chief was speaking today, the last day of the 2011 event, at the festival’s Worthy Farm site that he owns. He also said that if he hadn’t been able to book headliner Jay-Z for the 2008 event it may have been called off. “We can’t wait for 2013,” he said. “We love it. I’ve never seen so many people enjoying themselves, it was fantastic, even with the [rainy] conditions. We can’t wait to do it again.” Glastonbury festival is not set to take place next year, as the site is given time to recover. He added: “We’ve already got three headliners lined up for 2013. I know who they all are, but I’m not going to go into details about that. It took us years to really get headliners, you know. It took us years, that’s why we got Jay-Z, because we needed a headliner. We were going to cancel until we got him, so he kind of saved us that year.”
POSTED: Sun 26/06/11 – Source: NME.com

Paul Simon made his first ever Glastonbury festival appearance in the regular Sunday afternoon ‘legends’ slot on the Pyramid Stage today. The 70-year old played in the slot which has previously featured the likes of Johnny Cash, Neil Diamond and Brian Wilson. “It’s great to finally make it to Glastonbury,” he told the massive crowd on a swelteringly hot day.
POSTED: Sun 26/06/11 – Source: NME.com

Bombay Bicycle Club frontman Jack Steadman battled through a fainting scare to lead his band through their Glastonbury festival set on the Other Stage today, bringing new album ‘A Different Kind Of Fix’ to Worthy Farm. The singer/guitarist explained to NME after the show that he thought he was going to keel over and faint during the gig – but he managed to stay upright in the end. “I’ve never felt any of those feelings before in my life – I thought I was going to faint at the end of ‘Cancel On Me’,” he said. “I thought, ‘You’re only going to do this once so you may as well faint and rock out and try as hard as you can.'”
POSTED: Sun 26/06/11 – Source: NME.com

Glastonbury boss Michael Eavis has described the death of Christopher Shale in the early hours of this morning on the site as a “suicide situation.” Shale, who was chairman of West Oxfordshire Conservative Association, the constituency of Prime Minister David Cameron, was found dead in a portable toilet in the VIP backstage area of Glastonbury festival at around 9am (BST). Speaking at an official Glastonbury press conference, Eavis said of Shale’s death: “I’m told it was a suicide situation in the early hours of this morning. It was in the Winnebago area. It’s very very sad. I can’t say too much about it.”
POSTED: Sun 26/06/11 – Source: NME.com

The latest crime statistics for this year’s Glastonbury festival were released this morning, and revealed that there have been 123 arrests at the event so far, up from last year’s figure of 109 arrests up until the Sunday morning. There have been 309 reported crimes so far, down from last year’s figure of 345.
POSTED: Sun 26/06/11 – Source: NME.com

Beyonce will have a bigger security presence when she headlines the Glastonbury Festival tonight over fears about a stalker, it’s been reported. The singer is said to be fearful that a known British super-fan will try to approach her. The News Of The World reports that organisers are drafting in a “ring of steel” to protect her. A source said: “Bey will not come into contact with the public before she is on stage. And the security presence there is going to be huge – bigger than it was for U2 or Coldplay.”
POSTED: Sun 26/06/11 – Source: Gigwise.com

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Yesterday saw the triumphant return of Pulp to Worthy Farm. The surprise act sparked unprecedented crowds at the Park Stage, with security guards closing off the packed arena with half an hour to spare. Singer Jarvis Cocker told the crowd: “Glastonbury is a very special place to us.” He said they were back after an adventure around the universe before adding: “Thank you for making us welcome.” Elsewhere, Jessie J (pictured above) performed from a throne as she ignored doctors’ advice to skip the mudfest because of a broken leg. After three days of relentless rain, revellers at the sodden 900-acre site have been soaking up the sunshine with temperatures set to exceed 25C this afternoon. Overall crime has been down on last year, with 309 reported incidents by Sunday morning. Police and festival organisers were encouraging revellers to slap on the sun cream as temperatures soared.
POSTED: Sun 26/06/11 – Source: Mirror.co.uk

A man in his 50s has been found dead in a portable toilet in the VIP area at Glastonbury Festival. The body was discovered by officers shortly after 9am today, Avon and Somerset Police said. A distraught woman, staying in the backstage area between the Pyramid and Other stages, was seen being comforted by officers this morning. Detectives have yet to establish the cause of his death, a source said. A police cordon, guarded by at least eight officers, was put up around the backstage shower and toilet area. The camping area where festival production teams and some performers stay was also blocked off. A host of celebrities were staying within the cordoned off area.
POSTED: Sun 26/06/11 – Source: Mirror.co.uk

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Coldplay (pictured above) brought a spectacular firework and laser show to Glastonbury last night as they played their third headline set at the festival. Arriving onstage to the theme from Back To The Future the band, who headlined the event in 2002 and 2005, opened their set with new song ‘Hurts Like Heaven’ after a spectacular firework display. They then played a career-spanning set, with material aired from each of their four studio albums including ‘Everything’s Not Lost’, which the band haven’t played live for a number of years. They played four new songs plus recent single ‘Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall’, which they ended their set with amid a laser show that lit the Pyramid Stage up in day-glo colours. The band were forced to halt and restart new tune ‘Us Against The World’ after Martin missed a cue, quipping: “Forget that f**k-up just happened. This is an open rehearsal. Let’s forget this is a festival and we’re supposed to be professional headliners.” Before ‘Fix You’ the singer performed his own version of Louis Armstrong’s ‘What A Wonderful World’, with lyrics that rewritten to fit Glastonbury’s muddy conditions. He also thanked Michael and Emily Eavis during the song and told the crowd: “Glastonbury is the best place to play in the whole world.”
POSTED: Sun 26/06/11 – Source: NME.com

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The sun shone and the good times rolled at the Glastonbury music festival, where London rapper Tinie Tempah (pictured above) had a huge crowd jumping. Earlier in the day, Elbow launched a charm offensive that saw lead singer Guy Garvey order beer on stage and the Pyramid Stage crowd singing the band a raucous “Happy Birthday” to mark its 20th anniversary. “Elbow bring graceful celebrations of love and friendship and an emotional directness that floors you,” wrote Guardian critic Dorian Lynskey in a five-star review. “The crowd radiate goodwill; Elbow respond with gratitude and generosity.” Also popular was 22-year-old London rapper Tempah, part of a wave of rap and hip-hop artists embraced in recent years by a festival best known for indie guitar music. “Glastonbury 2011, this is officially the greatest day of my life!” Tempah shouted, and performed popular hits including “Written in the Stars”, “Invincible” and “Frisky”.
POSTED: Sun 26/06/11 – Source: buenosairesherald.com

Mumford and Sons ensured that the secret sets at Glastonbury weren’t just limited to Radiohead and Pulp’s this weekend, playing one of their own at the Strummerville area of the site. The band attracted an enormous crowd when they played the Other Stage at the festival yesterday but performed the impromptu show in a somewhat more intimate setting in the campsite area, which is named after the late Clash legend Joe Strummer.
POSTED: Sat 25/06/11 – Source: NME.com

Pulp are set to play as ‘special guests’ on The Park Stage at Glastonbury festival tonight and warmed-up with a special London show last night. The band played a gig at St Martin’s College yesterday – the institution singer Jarvis Cocker used to attend and mentioned in his lyrics to Pulp’s hit ’Common People’. They will play The Park Stage at the Somerset bash at 7:45pm (BST) this evening.
POSTED: Sat 25/06/11 – Source: NME.com

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U2 have made their first UK festival appearance since the early 1980s, headlining Glastonbury. The band played a greatest hits set that included Where The Streets Have No Name, One, With Or Without You and Beautiful Day. They also played on as protest group Art Uncut inflated a 20ft balloon emblazoned with “U Pay Your Tax 2”. Scuffles broke out when the protest balloon was removed by festival security, although many of those in the 50,000 crowd were probably unaware of the minor incident. Lead singer Bono (pictured above) said their first festival gig in more than 20 years was an emotional experience: “We haven’t played to people who are not our audience for a very long time, so it was just overwhelming for our band.” Wet conditions have left the site in Somerset muddy, with predictions of more rain to come. Lorries carrying large bales have been laying down hay over some of the worst-affected areas.
POSTED: Sat 25/06/11 – Source: BBC News Online

Police at Glastonbury have set up an off-site lab to test “legal highs” seized at the festival. It comes after a rise in unidentified drugs found at large music events across the UK. The Forensic Early Warning System allows government scientists to analyse and detect traces of potentially harmful and illegal substances. Police spokesman Paul Bunt said: “Because there are so many new drugs, we know very little about them.” Police remove drugs seized at Glastonbury to a laboratory located several miles off site where they are tested, identified and catalogued. Mr Bunt said some of the seized substances were “research drugs from other industries”. “If we can’t identify them here on our machinery, the experts here will see if they recognize them,” he added. He said it was “essential” festival organizers co-operate with the project, adding there were a number of legal high shops on the Glastonbury site.
POSTED: Sat 25/06/11 – Source: BBC News Online

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Morrissey (pictured above) has played a mixture of old and new tracks on the Glastonbury Pyramid Stage tonight. “I was very pleased to hear that a bill had passed today to stop using animals in circuses,” Morrissey said. “I hear David Cameron tried to block the bill. What a silly twit.” He then played ‘Meat Is Murder’.
POSTED: Fri 24/06/11 – Source: Digital Spy

Radiohead admitted they were nervous as they played a surprise set at this year’s Glastonbury Festival tonight (June 24). The band played their first full gig since 2009 on the Park Stage. Frotnman Thom Yorke joked that they were the “budget U2 of the evening” as they played a set including songs from recent album ‘The King Of Limbs’.
POSTED: Fri 24/06/11 – Source: Gigwise.com

Arctic Monkeys have denied reports that they are set to play a secret set at this weekend’s Glastonbury Festival. It had been claimed that the Sheffield group were one of the “secret acts” due to perform on the Park Stage. But singer Alex Turner told Gigwise they would not be performing.
POSTED: Fri 24/06/11 – Source: Gigwise.com

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U2’s Glastonbury set will be interrupted by an “unmissable” protest against the band’s alleged “tax dodge”, campaigners vowed today. Direct action group Art Uncut is plotting a “visual spectacular” during the Irish band’s headline appearance on the Pyramid Stage. The protest is expected to involve a giant inflatable let off by the group. Placards will also be held up declaring “Bono tax dodger” and “Bono pay up”. The group is staying tight-lipped over details of the protest but campaign member Anna Walker, 32, said: “Everyone there will see it. “If the BBC do not broadcast it, there is little doubt that it will have been an editorial decision.”
POSTED: Fri 24/06/11 – Source: Mirror.co.uk

According to NME.com Radiohead have just been confirmed as a last-minute addition to this weekend’s Glastonbury. Their set happens at the Park stage tonight at 8PM (BST). It’ll be the band’s fifth showing at the annual fest.
POSTED: Fri 24/06/11 – Source: Stereogum.com

Festivalgoers facing muddy conditions on the first day of Glastonbury have been warned to expect more heavy downpours over the next four days.More than 137,000 people were due in total at the site at Worthy Farm, Pilton. Police made 36 arrests for possession of drugs, theft and assault after the gates opened on Wednesday morning. A spokesman for Avon and Somerset Police said the number of arrests made was higher than during the same time period last year but said reported crime had fallen from 50 to 41 cases this year. A quantity of drugs was seized. Thirty of the arrests were for drug offences while the remainder were for assault, theft, and being drunk and disorderly.
POSTED: Thurs 23/06/11 – Source: BBC News Online

Beyonce has been rehearsing up to 10 hours a day ahead of her headline performance at this weekend’s Glastonbury Festival. The singer, who will top the bill on Sunday (June 26), is understood to have been using a rehearsal space in London. “She’s been grafting hard. She wants her and her dancers’ routines to be perfect and doesn’t want to get a foot wrong,” a source told The Sun.
POSTED: Thurs 23/06/11 – Source: Gigwise.com

Prince has accused the organisers of the Glastonbury Festival of using his name falsely to help sell tickets. In an interview with The Guardian, the singer said he had never been approached, despite annual rumours linking him to a headline slot at the Somerset bash. “They use my name to sell the festival,” he said. “It’s illegal. I’ve never spoken to anyone about doing that concert, ever.”
POSTED: Thurs 23/06/11 – Source: Gigwise.com

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Revellers arriving for the Glastonbury Festival have – like many before them – been greeted by rain and mud. Some 170,000 people and 40,000 vehicles are heading to the site at Worthy Farm in Pilton, Somerset. Long queues have built up on the A361 heading towards Pilton from Glastonbury and on the A37 from Bristol. A new route which has seen cars directed towards Wells on the A39 has appeared to have shortened some of the traditionally-lengthy queuing time on roads leading to the site.On Tuesday evening organisers had tried to allay fears of bad weather by assuring visitors of the “dry, green grass and sunshine”. But those arriving at the site on Wednesday found thick mud forming as the music fans churned up the ground. Some campers found green patches but their gear got soaked while they pitched their tents. And BBC West’s weatherman Ian Fergusson said festival-goers could expect heavy downpours on Friday though the rain should ease up as the weekend progresses.
POSTED: Weds 22/06/11 – Source: BBC News Online

Coldplay’s headline performance at this weekend’s Glastonbury festival will be broadcast live around the world. In the UK, their performance will be shown from around 10.15pm on BBC2 and BBC HD, as well as being broadcast live on the radio. ZDF Kultur will show the performance in Germany, while Brazil’s Multishow will also carry the set. In America, Coldplay will make history by becoming the first Glastonbury concert to be broadcast in full on VH1 and Palladia at 10pm ET/PT.
POSTED: Weds 22/06/11 – Source: Gigwise.com

U2 have admitted that there have been arguments within the band about what songs they should play at Glastonbury. Drummer Larry Mullen Jr told Radio 1’s Zane Lowe that there have been disagreements about how to approach their headlining shot.
POSTED: Weds 22/06/11 – Source: NME.com

Glastonbury boss Michael Eavis has suggested that U2 are bringing their own stage to the festival this weekend. The Irish rock legends headline the festival this Friday (June 24) in their first festival performance since the 1980s. In recent years, the band have been more used to lavish stage productions, like the infamous ‘claw’ construction that formed the centerpiece of their most recent world tour. Now, Eavis has suggested that their show may not be as stripped down as expected. He told the Daily Star: “U2 are excited, especially after they couldn’t come last year. I first tried to book them 35 years ago. They are bringing their own stage with them. We’re having to put a lot of stuff in for them but we’re so happy to have them.”
POSTED: 20/06/11 – Source: NME.com

Free toilet roll will be provided for revellers at Glastonbury Festival in a bid to boost recycling rates. More than 100,000 free recycled rolls will be handed out to drive up recycling rates from 49% last year to this year’s target of 60%. Glastonbury boss, Michael Eavis said: “There will be more than enough for everyone and more importantly it will be the right kind of loo roll.” He has teamed up with a manufacturer who will provide the free rolls.
POSTED: 15/06/11 – Source: BBC News Online

Pregnant Lily Allen will spend her honeymoon in style at Glastonbury – by camping in two luxury £1,000 Teepees. The newlywed singer, 26, and hubby Sam Cooper – who met at the music festival in 2009 – will share the tents with friends and family. A Glastonbury insider said: “They’ll have easy access to all mod-cons. They can feel like they’re camping, but there will be no roughing it.” Michael Eavis, organiser of the festival, which starts next week, has promised that Lily will want for nothing. He said: “I’ll set her up a special tent – she’ll have the best treatment.”
POSTED: 13/06/11 – Source: The Sun

The founder of Glastonbury Festival, Michael Eavis, has said booking the Wombles was “a bit of a mistake”. He said: “I’ve got about 25 stages and managers and bookers for each of the stages. I can’t control every single one of them but I do get cross about that kind of thing.” Wombles band creator, Mike Batt said: “He probably doesn’t realise what a fantastic live act the Wombles are.”
POSTED: 09/06/11 – Source: BBC News Online

Physicist and former pop star Brian Cox is to team up with singer Billy Bragg at this year’s Glastonbury Festival. Cox, who played keyboards with pop band D-Ream, will record a special edition of Radio 4 show The Infinite Monkey Cage at the Cabaret Marquee. Guests on the science and comedy show, co-presented by Robin Ince, include Bragg and comic Shappi Khorsandi.
POSTED: 08/06/11 – Source: BBC Newsbeat

Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis has said he decided against handing the reins to daughter Emily for now, because she is starting a family. Mr Eavis, 75, said: “I was going to step back and let Emily take over, but Emily got married and is having a baby, which is due at the weekend.” He said he thrived on the stress of running the festival which celebrated its 40th anniversary last year. Last year Mr Eavis said he may have “another 10 years” left in him. He said of his daughter: “She does a lot of the programming, a lot of choosing of bands. “We argue about bands who should be headlining, but she’s the ringleader in band selection and very, very bright. “She’s very good at programming and very good at ticking me off. We’re a great working partnership, but she’s not doing so much right now. “She wants to keep me going as long as I’m willing and able so I’m still leading the field.”
POSTED: 08/06/11 – Source: BBC News Online

Here’s a batch of great photographs from the last few days on Worthy Farm, as the site is readied for the Festival. 

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POSTED: 06/06/11 – Source: glastonburyfestivals.co.uk

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We’re pleased to announce that the official Glastonbury 2011 mobile app is now available to download. The app, which has been built by Orange, is the only official mobile app for this year’s Festival. Download it for free (whatever network you’re on) and you’ll be able to see who’s playing where, with full stage listings from the Guardian Guide. Once the full line-ups timings are announced, you’ll even be able to make your own schedule and set reminders. Plus, you’ll get all the important Festival news from us in real time and an interactive map of the whole site.
POSTED: 02/06/11 – Source: glastonburyfestivals.co.uk

U2 have promised they will play an epic, stadium-like performance at this year’s Glastonbury festival. Bassist Adam Clayton told Q that the band’s headline performance on the Pyramid Stage on the Friday (June 24) of the Somerset bash will have grand production values. Clayton said: “It’s very un-Glastonbury to have a big production but we will be sneaking a few things in through the back gate which will hopefully make this experience a little more like Glastonbury on steroids.”
POSTED: 28/04/11 – Source: NME.com

The resale of returned and cancelled tickets for this year’s Glastonbury Festival sold out within two hours on Sunday. Tickets for the event first went on sale in October last year with deposits of £50 being paid for the £195 passes. Unwanted and unsold passes went on resale at 0900 BST. The festival apologised via their GlastoFest Twitter account to those who did not get a ticket, saying “demand hugely outstripped supply”.
POSTED: 17/04/11 – Source: BBC Online

Plan B, Tinie Tempah and Laura Marling are amongst the full list of acts announced for this year’s Glastonbury Festival. They join the likes of headliners U2, Coldplay and Beyonce who are set to play at Worthy Farm in June. Other acts on the bill include Pendulum, Paolo Nutini, Metronomy, Two Door Cinema Club and Wu Tang Clan, who will all play the main stage. The Vaccines, The Kills, Chipmunk, White Lies, Kaiser Chiefs and Jessie J are all lined up for slots on the Other Stage. Morrissey will make his Glastonbury return when he warms up the Pyramid Stage ahead of U2 on the opening night of the festival, 27 years after his first appearance there. The Chemical Brothers, Mumford and Sons, Primal Scream, Fleet Foxes and Friendly Fires have already been announced. Click HERE to see the full line-up.
POSTED: 14/04/11 – Source: BBC Newsbeat

Rumours that Stevie Nicks will play this year’s Glastonbury have continued to grow. A report by celebrity blogger Perez Hilton earlier this week suggested that the former Fleetwood Mac singer had signed up to play the Worthy Farm event.
POSTED: 09/04/11 – Source: NME.com

Paul Simon has announced details of a six-date UK tour for the summer. The tour begins at Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall on June 23 and finishes at the O2 Apollo Manchester on July 3. Tellingly has no dates announced for either June 25 or 26, the second and third day of the Worthy Farm event. He is strongly rumoured to be playing Glastonbury this year.
POSTED: 06/04/11 – Source: NME.com

Glastonbury 2011 ticket returns are set to go on sale on April 17th, at 9am (GMT). Those after tickets need to register at Glastonburyfestivals.co.uk by April 8th to be in with a shot of bagging them. The festival is technically sold out already – only returns will be made available through this new sale, for which tickets will be limited to four per person.
POSTED: 25/03/11 – Source: NME.com

Elbow have confirmed they will play before U2 at this year’s Glastonbury festival. Frontman Guy Garvey revealed the news while talking on his BBC 6 Music show yesterday (March 6). Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis later said on her Twitter page “We’re delighted that the mighty Elbow have confirmed.”
POSTED: 07/03/11 – Source: NME.com

U2 have confirmed they will play at this year’s Glastonbury festival. In a video speech at the 2011 NME awards in London, guitarist The Edge said the band would headline on Friday 24th June. It will be the band’s debut at the festival at Worthy Farm in Pilton, Somerset – they had been due to play in 2010 but frontman Bono injured his back and the performance was cancelled.
POSTED: 24/02/11 – Source: BBC Newsbeat

The Libertines are reported to be playing this year’s Glastonbury festival. Today The Sun newspaper claims that Pete Doherty, Carl Barat and co are set to play the Other Stage at the Somerset event this June. However, Barat has told NME that they have not been confirmed yet. When asked if the four-piece would be performing at the event, he replied: “It’s been mentioned, but I’ve not had an actual dialogue yet with the other band members.”
POSTED: 11/02/11 – Source: NME.com

Beyoncé has confirmed that she is headlining this year’s Glastonbury Festival. Following reports suggesting that Queen B was to top the bill at the festival in Somerset, Beyoncé has now announced she will be stepping out onto the prestigious Pyramid stage and headline the event.
POSTED: 11/02/11 – Source: MTV.co.uk

U2, Coldplay and Beyonce will headline this year’s Glastonbury festival, according to reports. On Saturday (February 5), The Sun reported that Coldplay had signed a deal to top the bill on the Saturday of the event, which runs from June 22-24. U2 have already been earmarked for to headline on Friday after they were forced to pull out of the same slot last year. And now a new report from gossip website Holy Moly claims that Beyonce will close the festival on the Pyramid Stage
POSTED: 08/02/11 – Source: gigwise.com

Coldplay will headline this year’s Glastonbury festival in Somerset, it’s been announced. The band, who have been strongly rumoured to appear, will top the bill on the Saturday of the event, which runs from June 22nd -24th. Coldplay, who are currently recording a new album, are understood to have agreed to perform at the event this week, reports The Sun. The band also headlined the festival in 2005. The Rolling Stones were also approached about headlining the event this year, but have apparently turned the opportunity down.
POSTED: 05/02/11 – Source: gigwise.com

Prince, U2 and Coldplay are being targeted by organisers to headline next year’s Glastonbury festival, according to reports. Prince and U2 have apparently already confirmed their appearance, while Coldplay are in final negotiations. Organiser Michael Eavis is said to be “over the moon” to have secured each act.
POSTED: 22/10/10 – Source: gigwise.com

Rumours have been rife that the Glastonbury Festival 2012 is going to be cancelled as there won’t be enough portaloos as they will all be in use at the London Olympics. Michael Eavis has now confirmed that the 2012 event will indeed be cancelled but mainly due to the lack of policing because of the Olympics. The festival takes a break every five years anyway to let the village and farm recover. The 2011 festival is the event that is due to be cancelled but the cancellation has been postponed until 2012.
POSTED: 18/10/10

Tickets for Glastonbury Festival 2011 have sold out in just over four hours after thousands of fans flooded the website and phone lines. The festival’s website and Twitter feed apologised to those who missed out, adding there had been some issues with getting through “due to the sheer volume of people”. Tickets sold out eight hours quicker than last year, the festival said. Fans were able to reserve up to eight tickets at a time. They had to pay a £50 deposit now and the rest when the booking site re-opens on 1st April 2011. But they needed to have registered on the site before Sunday.
POSTED: 03/10/10 – Source: BBC News Online

Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis says he’s not ready to hand the day-to-day running of the festival over to his daughter Emily yet. Eavis, 75, celebrated the festival’s 40th anniversary earlier this year but has ruled out retirement for now. “Maybe I’ve got another 10 years possibly left in me,” he said. “I’ve got no signs of giving up at the moment but I certainly need all the help I can get. Emily will be in a good place to take the show on eventually.” Speaking to Newsbeat he added, “there has to be a time” when he retires but that right now “I’m feeling cock-a-hoop”.
POSTED: 30/09/10 – Source: BBC Newsbeat

Tickets for Glastonbury 2011 are to go on sale at 9am on Sunday 3rd October. The festival is going to cost an extra £10 next year. Tickets will be £195 with a £5 booking fee and postage on top of that. Once again people have to register with Glastonbury before they can buy a ticket. Anyone who has registered for previous years shouldn’t have to do it again. Glastonbury 2011 opens on Wednesday 22nd June and runs until Sunday 26th June. Because people have to book so far in advance, tickets can be secured for just a £50 deposit. Festival-goers living in the UK will have to pay the rest of the ticket price in the first week of April 2011.
POSTED: 02/09/10 – Source: BBC Newsbeat