2013 Glastonbury News
Mick Jagger has hinted that The Rolling Stones’ appearance at this years’ Glastonbury Festival may be their first and only time. The band finally made their debut appearance at Worthy Farm on June 29 this year. When asked by NME if the band would play the festival again should organiser Michael Eavis ask them to, Jagger replied: “I’d end up like Elvis Costello and play there 100 times! I don’t know if we’d play Glastonbury again. It was such a high playing Glastonbury the one time, I don’t know if Glastonbury’s something you’d want to do more than once in your career… but people do so who knows.”
POSTED: 26/07/13 – Source: nme.com
The Beach Boys have put their hat in the ring for Glastonbury next year. The band have revealed that organiser Michael Eavis has never asked them to play his festival in its 43 years. But the group are hoping their performance in Hyde Park on Sunday has convinced him to sign them up.
POSTED: 12/07/13 – Source: thesun.co.uk
Alex Turner has said that Arctic Monkeys’ headline set at Glastonbury 2013 was “one of the best gigs we’ve ever done”. Speaking to NME directly after the gig Turner said “It’s one of the best gigs we’ve ever done. Ever! Just because it’s… Glastonbury. It wasn’t raining, and… it’s Glastonbury!”
POSTED: 02/07/13 – Source: nme.com
A woman gave birth at this year’s Glastonbury festival after going into labour during The Rolling Stones’ headline set on Saturday night. Heidi Wessen from Leicester went into labour two weeks early and her baby daughter was born at 3am on Sunday morning in Glastonbury’s medical centre. Confirming the onsite birth, a Glastonbury spokesperson said: “We’d like to send our congratulations to the family. We look forward to welcoming them back in future years. We’ve had babies born here that are now grown-ups. They still come every year. That’s a beautiful thing.” The Independent reports that both mother and child are “fine and fabulous”.
POSTED: 01/07/13 – Source: nme.com
Mumford and Sons closed the Glastonbury festival, with their first ever headline set on the Pyramid stage. The set was the band’s first since bass player Ted Dwane had surgery for a blood clot on his brain this month. Speaking to the BBC before the show, keyboard player Ben Lovett said “We wouldn’t perform if we didn’t think we could do a great job.” They closed their set by playing the Joe Cocker version of A Little Help From My Friends, for which they were joined on stage by Vampire Weekend, The Vaccines and folk singers The Staves.
Sunday’s line-up included Vampire Weekend, Smashing Pumpkins, Jessie Ware, Bobby Womack and Sir Bruce Forsyth.
Another oldie making his debut was 85-year-old Sir Bruce Forsyth, who emerged on the Avalon Stage to the Strictly Come Dancing theme and introduced himself as “The Rolling Stones 2”, before playing a set of music hall standards, including Gershwin’s Funny Face.
The notorious Sunday afternoon “Glastonbury legend” slot – which has played host to the likes of Shirley Bassey and Johnny Cash – was filled by country star Kenny Rogers. “I was told it was a special slot but I don’t always believe everything my manager says when he’s trying to get me to do something,” admitted the singer.
Avon and Somerset Police said crime at this year’s festival has dropped dramatically since the last event in 2011. Crime levels were 33% lower than in 2011, with 220 reported crimes, including drug offences and thefts from tents, since gates to the campsites opened on Wednesday. Police added that there were no major incidents on site and a total of 154 arrests have been made.
POSTED: 01/07/13 – Source: BBC News Online
The Rolling Stones have made their Glastonbury debut – 43 years after the festival first took place. The band opened with Jumping Jack Flash, with Mick Jagger prowling the stage in a green sequinned jacket. Jagger thanked the fans and, after It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll (But I Like It), joked that organisers had “finally got round to asking us” to play. Organisers were expecting the festival’s biggest ever audience for a single act. The capacity for the main stage was increased to 100,000 this year. Michael Eavis has been trying to book the band almost since the first Glastonbury in 1970.
Earlier on Saturday, as the sun beamed down on Somerset’s Worthy Farm, proceedings started with Malian musician Rokia Traore, whose upbeat blend of African roots, blues and jazz gave early risers a chance to dance off the fug of a late night.
Billy Bragg got into the spirit of the day by playing classic Stones track Dead Flowers during his set, while soul singer Laura Mvula welcomed the sun by breaking into a sing-a-long rendition of Bob Marley’s One Love.
Other acts on Saturday’s line-up included Elvis Costello, rap pioneers Public Enemy and psychedelic rockers Primal Scream. Prince Harry was also rumoured to have been spotted backstage at the John Peel tent, where the bill includes Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr and electropop band Hurts.
POSTED: 30/06/13 – Source: BBC News Online
The Arctic Monkeys have closed the Glastonbury Festival’s first night, playing to more than 90,000 fans. Opening with a brand new song, Do I Wanna Know, they also rattled through crowd-pleasing hits like I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor. They were joined on the bill by Jake Bugg, Rita Ora and Dizzee Rascal, as the weather largely stayed dry.
LA trio Haim also played the main stage, but bassist Este Haim was taken ill during their set. The 24-year-old had to sit on a stool after nearly collapsing on stage. “I’m not going to let this get the better of me, especially when there are so many beautiful people here,” she told the audience.
Earlier, Liam Gallagher’s band Beady Eye kicked off the action with an unscheduled appearance on The Other Stage at 11:00 BST. The early morning set was something of a turnaround for the singer, who previously headlined the event with Oasis in 1995 and 2004.
Musical legends could be found dotted around the site on Friday, with Sinead O’Connor headlining the acoustic stage and Nile Rodgers of disco pioneers Chic on the West Holts Stage.
Mercury Prize-winners Alt-J also drew a large audience to The Other Stage, and surprised them all by ditching their smart, intricate rock songs for a cover of Kylie Minogue’s Slow.
Jake Bugg pulled off an early “Glastonbury moment” with an energetic set that climaxed with his hit Lightning Bolt; while Dizzee Rascal provided a canny mix of crowd-pleasing hits and new material, including his Robbie Williams-featuring single Going Crazy.
With an audience of 180,000 music fans, many artists look forward to Glastonbury as the pinnacle of the festival season – and anticipation was particularly high after the event took a year off in 2012.
POSTED: 29/06/13 – Source: BBC News Online
Wiley has begged to be removed from this year’s Glastonbury Festival line-up, taking to Twitter to complain about the weather and the poor fees. The Heatwave star ranted about the music event in a number of tweets – many of which have now been deleted – even hinting that manager John Woolf and others in his team could be “sacked” for booking the appearance.
POSTED: 28/06/13 – Source: mtv.co.uk
Jake Bugg, Rita Ora and Liam Gallagher have kicked off the action at this year’s Glastonbury Festival, as the sun dries up the mud-strewn fields. Liam Gallagher’s band Beady Eye were the surprise opening act on The Other Stage with a raucous set at 11:00 BST. “It’s never too early for a bit of rock’n’roll aggro, is it?” asked Gallagher, as his band launched into Oasis hit Morning Glory. Other acts playing on Friday include Chic and headliners The Arctic Monkeys. After a day of rain, the clouds broke around midday, apparently conjured up by the sun-bleached rock of US sibling trio Haim. By the end of their set, raincoats were being traded for suncream. About 180,000 fans have gathered at the 900-acre Worthy farm for the festival, which has been largely peaceful so far, with 107 reported crimes and 61 arrests. Somerset police say there have also been 32 drug related offences reported, 12 of which were for possession of restricted substances.
POSTED: 28/06/13 – Source: BBC News Online
The UK’s biggest music festival is due to get under way in two days’ time, but for thousands of music fans the race to pitch their tents is now in full flow. Revellers have been hauling boxes of alcohol and camping gear as they trundle to their chosen camping spots. Police made their first arrest of the festival when suspected drugs were found inside fruit pastille sweets. Some 175,000 people will attend the festival in Somerset with an estimated 20,000 of them expected to arrive by coach or train. Earlier, former Oasis frontman, Liam Gallagher was seen arriving at Castle Cary – the nearest railway station to Pilton. He is rumoured to be playing a set with his band Beady Eye. Unlike previous years, the weather for the next few days is expected to remain fairly settled – although some drizzle is forecast for Friday. Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis said he believed the weather, combined with the line-up, means this year’s festival will be “unusually good”. “The whole thing is fantastic,” the 77-year-old farmer said. “There are 1,000 acres of creativity on a massive scale and to a very, very high standard. “You won’t see anything else like this in the whole world.”
POSTED: 26/06/13 – Source: BBC News Online
Mumford and Sons have confirmed they will play at Glastonbury this week, two weeks after their bassist had surgery for a blood clot on the brain. The band had cancelled all shows in the run-up to the festival after Ted Dwane, 28, was taken to hospital in the US. But keyboard player Ben Lovett told the Radio Times the musician had recovered and was “going to be OK”.
POSTED: 25/06/13 – Source: BBC News Online
PRS for Music represents over 95,000 songwriters, performers and music publishers. The society’s role is to ensure they get rightfully paid whenever and wherever their music is used. Glastonbury is working more closely than ever with PRS for Music in 2013. Almost 80 percent of the songwriters from bands performing on the iconic Pyramid and Other stages this June are PRS for Music members. Three percent of each Glastonbury ticket sold goes back to PRS for Music members, providing essential revenue for them to continue creating. This means the 135,000 Glastonbury festival goers purchasing tickets are directly contributing to the growth of the UK live music scene.
POSTED: 24/06/13 – Source: glastonburyfestivals.co.uk
Festival-goers can keep in touch online at this week’s Glastonbury Festival thanks to a modified tractor. One of organiser Michael Eavis’s farm machines has been converted into a 4G Wi-Fi hotspot which will be driven around the site. The New Holland tractor has been fitted with network equipment by mobile operator EE, providing high-speed Wi-Fi access to anyone up to 10 metres away. EE will be tweeting where it is on the site.
POSTED: 24/06/13 – Source: mirror.co.uk
Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis has revealed that Adele and Led Zeppelin are at the top of her dream list for future headliners. Speaking to the BBC, Eavis was asked if there was a Post-it note on her fridge with her dream list written on. She replied: “Yeah, it’s on a napkin actually. On the fridge, there… We would love to have Adele. And we’d also love to have Led Zeppelin. I mean Zeppelin have got to do it haven’t they? It would be so good wouldn’t it.”
POSTED: 24/06/13 – Source: nme.com
The BBC will broadcast an hour of The Rolling Stones’ headline set at Glastonbury, according to festival organiser Michael Eavis. The band had reportedly insisted that only four songs from their 90-minute set could be shown on TV. But Eavis told reporters a compromise had been reached. “I think they’re all friends now,” he told reporters. The BBC could not confirm the reports, but said there were “constructive ongoing conversations” with the band.
POSTED: 20/06/13 – Source: BBC News Online
Glastonbury Festival organiser Michael Eavis says he would prefer music fans to “drink much less” at the event. Festival-goers have been known to take wheelbarrows and trolleys of alcohol on to the site at Worthy Farm in Somerset. Ticket-holders for this month’s event got an email warning them not to bring alcohol in a “wheeled device”. In a message later on the event website Mr Eavis sought to clarify the policy by saying trolleys would be allowed but drink should be for personal use. The message on the Glastonbury website posted on Thursday came after some ticket-holders who received the email took to social network sites to express concerns their enjoyment of the event would be affected.
POSTED: 13/06/13 – Source: BBC News Online
The BBC has said it is having “ongoing conversations” with the Rolling Stones over how much of their Glastonbury performance can be broadcast on TV. Press reports suggested the band had refused to let their full set be aired. “Discussions with artists are business as usual for this stage of our festival planning,” a BBC spokesperson said. Speaking to The Independent, the BBC’s head of music television Mark Cooper said the rock legends were “nervous about how much they should share”. The Stones, he told the paper, were “stepping out of their comfort zone”. He added: “At this point, I’m quite optimistic we’ll get a sufficient amount of music.”
POSTED: 31/05/13 – Source: BBC News Online
It has been reported that Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger will camp at the Glastonbury Festival next month. He has revealed he will be staying in a yurt with his daughters. The Rolling Stones are headlining the Somerset festival this year.
The last batch of tickets for this year’s Glastonbury Festival have sold out, organisers have announced. Weekend camping tickets went quickly in just over an hour, before coach packages were snapped up by festival-goers. The festival’s Twitter feed apologised to people who missed out after “demand far outstripped supply”.
POSTED: 21/04/13 – Source: BBC News Online
The Rolling Stones have been named as one of the three headline acts for the Glastonbury Festival 2013. It will be the first time the Rolling Stones have played at the festival at Worthy Farm in Somerset, which will draw about 135,000 people. The other headline acts at the festival, taking place on the final weekend of June, are Mumford and Sons and the Arctic Monkeys. The full line-up, announced on the official website includes Primal Scream, Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds and Elvis Costello, with chart acts such as Professor Green and Dizzee Rascal also appearing. Surprises include country star Kenny Rogers, who is among the figures playing the main Pyramid Stage.
POSTED: 27/03/13 – Source: BBC News Online
Registration for tickets to this year’s Glastonbury Festival has reopened today. Sunday, April 21 will be the last opportunity for fans to get hold of tickets to the festival with anyone hoping to purchase tickets required to register online beforehand. Those who have registered for previous Glastonbury ticket sales are not required to register as their details are saved. Registration will be temporarily suspended before and during the main ticket selling period, so fans must register before tickets go on sale. Anyone who signed up prior to the 2007 Festival will need to submit a new registration.
POSTED: 18/03/13 – Source: nme.com
Take That star Mark Owen has teased that the man band could headline Glastonbury Festival in 2014. During an interview with The Sun, the singer revealed that the group will soon be meeting up to talk over any future projects, mentioning that a stint on Glasto’s famous Pyramid stage next year could be in the pipeline. Owen explained: “I love Glastonbury. I would go there, definitely. We’re all meeting up in a few weeks, so we’ll see.”
POSTED: 07/03/13 – Source: mtv.co.uk
Nas will headline the newly-named Silver Hayes area at this year’s Glastonbury Festival in Somerset. The US rapper is one of the artists named to perform in the field formerly known as the Dance Village. It will include the 7,000-capacity Sonic tent for dance-oriented headliners. Disclosure, Hot Natured, David Rodigan, Sub Focus, Aluna George, Eats Everything, Rudimental and The Congos will also play in the dance area.
POSTED: 22/02/13 – Source: BBC Newsbeat
Alex Turner has been using his birthday cake wishes properly. Earlier this year, the Arctic Monkeys frontman revealed he’d been wishing the band could have another crack at headlining Glastonbury. They’ve now been signed up as the headline act for this year’s Friday slot. When asked last month what was left for the band to achieve, Alex said: “There’s a lot left, yeah. I’d really like another shot at headlining Glastonbury. “I don’t think we got that quite right when we did it in 2007.” It’s a good signing for Micheal Eavis and his daughter Emily – the band put on a great performance at last year’s Olympics and are unlikely to disappoint.
POSTED: 18/02/13 – Source: thesun.co.uk
Rihanna is reportedly in talks to headline the Pyramid Stage at this year’s Glastonbury Festival. The ‘Diamonds’ singer is apparently being lined up to follow in the footsteps of Beyonce – who headlined the Pyramid Stage on the final night of the 2011 festival – by closing this year’s Glastonbury. A source told the Daily Star On Sunday: “She is the perfect choice. Beyonce stole the show two years ago and there’s no reason why Rihanna can’t do the same. She’s got a huge back-catalogue and is undoubtedly the biggest female artist around at the moment bar Adele.”
POSTED: 17/02/13 – Source: nme.com
Glastonbury Festival has launched its annual emerging talent competition which gets the winning band a slot on the main stage. Former victors include Scouting For Girls, the Golden Silvers, Stornoway, the Subways, We Have Band and Treetop Flyers in 2011. The contest is aimed at new, unsigned artists from the UK and Ireland. This year’s Glastonbury Festival takes place at Worthy Farm in Somerset from 26-30 June. Acts will be able to enter for one week on the Glastonbury website from 9am on Thursday until 5pm on 24 January. To take part, acts need to send a link to a track for organisers to listen to. A panel of 40 of the UK’s top music bloggers will compile a longlist of 120 acts, which will be cut to a shortlist of eight artists by judges including Glastonbury organisers Michael and Emily Eavis. There will then be a live final at Worthy Farm in April to decide the winning act.
POSTED: 15/01/13 – Source: BBC Newsbeat
Radiohead have hinted that they are one of the three headline bands at Glastonbury festival this June. The Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac and Mumford & Sons are all in the frame to top the Pyramid Stage bill. Now Thom Yorke has let slip that his band are likely to play the Somerset event too. Promoting his side project Atoms For Peace on Zane Lowe’s radio show on Monday night he said that particular band wouldn’t play Glasto but that “parts” of it would appear.
POSTED: 09/12/12 – Source: thesun.co.uk
Fleetwood Mac look nailed on for a Glastonbury headline appearance next June. The reunited band have announced a US tour which ends two weeks before the Somerset festival. Iconic frontwoman Stevie Nicks said: “If everything goes well we’ll be in Europe doing festivals this summer, then we’ll actually tour Europe.” The band have vowed to play all their classics at the gigs.
POSTED: 05/12/12 – Source: thesun.co.uk
Fresh rumours have emerged that Fleetwood Mac will appear at Glastonbury 2013. In an interview with ABC radio earlier today, vocalist, Stevie Nicks added weight to the suggestions that the pop-behemoths will be at Worthy Farm next year. She revealed the band are likely to be on tour by next spring, which would provide the perfect platform for a set at next June’s festival.
POSTED: 16/10/12 – Source: gigwise.com
A week after all of the Glastonbury Festival tickets for 2013 sold out in 1 hour 40 minutes, reports claim that The Rolling Stones are being lined up to headline next year’s event. According to the Sun, a source has claimed that Glastonbury boss Michael Eavis is desperate to convince the band to top the bill at Worthy Farm in 2013. “The band are gearing up for a load of live dates but tend to leave big decisions like this until the last minute,” they said. “Michael Eavis is desperate to get the band confirmed and has made initial contact with their people.”
POSTED: 12/10/12 – Source: nme.com
Glastonbury tickets have sold out in a record time of just 1 hour and 40 minutes after thousands of fans flooded the website and phone lines. The festival’s Twitter feed apologised to the “thousands” who missed out, adding that there had been some problems with getting through “due to the sheer volume of people”. Fans could reserve up to eight tickets – each costing £205 plus booking fee. Any returned tickets will be put on sale in April 2013. Every ticket purchaser had to have registered on the site before the end of September. Those who managed to secure a ticket paid a £50 deposit immediately, with the remaining money due when the booking site reopens on 2 April 2013.
POSTED: 07/10/12 – Source: BBC News Online
Emily Eavis has confirmed that The Stone Roses won’t be playing Glastonbury 2013. The organiser took to Twitter this morning to canvass public opinion on who should headline the festival. “Right, the time has come to ask you all who you want to see at next years’ Glastonbury..let us know as we gather all our ideas and get going!” she wrote. In reponse to one user, who requested The Stone Roses, she replied: “Stone Roses not playing next year.”
POSTED: 28/09/12 – Source: nme.com
Organisers have announced plans for a small increase in ticket prices for Glastonbury festival when it returns next year. Tickets for 2013’s event will cost £205, plus a £5 booking fee on each pass and a £6 postage fee per order. It marks a small increase from Glastonbury 2011 where tickets were £195 plus £5 booking fee. Tickets for next year’s event at Somerset’s Worthy Farm go on sale at 9am on Sunday 7 October.
POSTED: 05/09/12 – Source: BBC Newsbeat
Glastonbury festival boss Michael Eavis is pursuing The Stone Roses as headliners for next year’s event. Eavis was spotted watching the reunited band at Hungary’s Sziget festival on Friday (August 10). And the following day he told NME: “I’m very keen on The Stone Roses – I always have been. They played at Pilton Party for 300 people in 1995, which is the year they cancelled on the main event and Pulp stepped in to replace them. I would like them to come back at some point. Are they a possible headliner for next year? I think it is possible, yeah.”
POSTED: 13/08/12 – Source: nme.com
The Glastonbury festival and promoters Festival Republic are to end their partnership after more than ten years, it has been announced. Festival Republic, led by Melvin Benn, runs other music events such as Reading and Leeds and has been co-organiser of Glastonbury since 2001. Since then, the Somerset festival has attracted 177,500 people a year. Benn said Glastonbury boss Michael Eavis agreed it was the right time to “go their separate ways”. In a joint statement, Festival Republic called the separation “mutual and cordial”, adding: “Time moves on and now is the time for Michael and the Glastonbury team to pick up the reins again and build for the future.”
POSTED: 27/06/12 – Source: BBC News Online
Tickets for next summer’s Glastonbury Festival will go onsale in October, it was confirmed this morning. Tickets for the event, which will run from Wednesday June 26 to Sunday June 30 in 2013, will go onsale on October 7 at 9am (GMT). As with sales for previous years, anyone wishing to buy tickets will need to register in advance in order to be able to obtain their ticket. All ticket holders (not just the person who purchases the tickets for a group) must make sure they register in advance so that their ticket can have their photo printed onto it. Registration is open now at Glastonburyfestivals.co.uk and must be completed in advance of attempting to purchase tickets.
POSTED: 21/06/12 – Source: nme.com
Glastonbury Festival boss Michael Eavis has revealed that Adele has rejected his offer to headline the event in 2013. The singer has apparently refused to perform as the main act on the Pyramid Stage because she is uncomfortable playing to huge crowds. Speaking of Adele to The Metro, Eavis claimed: “She knows that we want her anyway, but she doesn’t want to do a thing our size, “Going on the Pyramid Stage is a bit daunting in front of 80,000 people; it’s a bit much really.” He went on to add that the 24-year old would rather hang-out with her pals at the festival instead of taking to the stage, stating: “She comes every year usually, and has her own little party.”
POSTED: 18/05/12 – Source: mtv.co.uk
Metallica’s Lars Ulrich has admitted the band would love to headline Glastonbury. The sticksman told NME that they if Michael Eavis ever wanted to book them they’d be more than up for it. Asked if they’d like to headline Glastonbury, Ulrich said “We’ve never played Glastonbury. I don’t know if Michael would ever invite a harder rock band to play. It’s something I would love to do at some point. We love playing, we love connecting with people, and you want to try to do that in as many situations as possible. Mid-May to September in Europe, it doesn’t get better than that.”
POSTED: 23/04/12 – Source: nme.com