2014 Glastonbury News
Kasabian have explained the meaning behind the seemingly random words that flashed up on screen behind the band during their Glastonbury headline set. Tom Meighan called the words – which included ‘cordial’, ‘canister’ and ‘voucher’ – “in-jokes”. Speaking to MTV, the singer said: “They’re words that I use and that Serge use that are, like, in-jokes.” Serge Pizzorno added: “It’s not complicated or cryptic in any way… There’s certain people that will recognise the words from growing up and go, ‘love that word.’ But it can’t be cool. There’s a prerequisite – if they’re cool they’re out.”
POSTED: 22/07/14 – Source: nme.com
Keep your fingers crossed because Diana Ross could be making her Glastonbury debut next year. Organisers have started negotiations with the 70-year-old singer with hopes that she’ll top Dolly Parton’s impressive performance from this year’s event. It’s believed the Motown megastar would be playing in the Sunday afternoon legends slot on the Pyramid Stage at the musical festival at Worthy Farm in Somerset.
POSTED: 21/07/14 – Source: mirror.co.uk
Dolly Parton stated that she will adopt a dog that was left behind at the Glastonbury Festival. Following the end of the festival, clean-up workers found the abandoned white lurcher and named it after the Dolly, who headlined the Pyramid Stage. On hearing this news Dolly said “I had my manager call the Happy Landings animal shelter to make sure the dog is being treated and cared for properly.”I will take her home to America if nobody claims her within a reasonable amount of time.” However the owners of the dog have now come forward to collect their pet, meaning Dolly Parton won’t have to adopt it after all.
Sam Smith’s home was reportedly robbed while he was performing at Glastonbury over the weekend. The Sun writes that the chart-topping singer went back to his home in south London after the festival to find he had been burgled. A source spoke to the newspaper, commenting: “Sam and his mates were all down at the festival when it happened. They took a number of items from his property. Sam was gutted when he got back.”
POSTED: 02/07/14 – Source: nme.com
Glastonbury Festival organiser Emily Eavis has hailed Dolly Parton’s appearance at the event as a success, claiming that she brought the biggest audience the festival has ever seen. Parton performed at Worthy Farm on Sunday (June 29) and played a set filled with hits, including ‘Jolene’ and ‘9 To 5’ as well as a specially written rap about the muddy conditions. “Oh, Dolly was the biggest crowd I’ve ever seen here,” Eavis said in a Q+A on the official Glastonbury website. “She is just a truly amazing live performer. “Her voice was incredible. And she wrote that song about mud in the morning before the show! I don’t think you can beat that performance as a perfect moment here at Glastonbury.”
POSTED: 01/07/14 – Source: nme.com
A representative for Dolly Parton has denied claims the legend mimed when performing at the Glastonbury Festival on Sunday. Following her set on the Pyramid Stage – which saw Dolly sing hit tracks Jolene and 9 to 5 – fans soon took to Twitter to accuse the country star of lip-synching. It is thought the speculation came after she performed a breathy rap about Glasto – which came complete with a chorus about mud – with Dolly following it up with a note-perfect rendition of Banks Of The Ohio.
POSTED: 30/06/14 – Source: mtv.co.uk
The Glastonbury Festival is to take a year off in 2017, organiser Michael Eavis has revealed. Taking place on Worthy Farm in Somerset this weekend – the world-famous event has previously taken occasional breaks to allow the ground it is held on to recover better. The last “year off” was in 2012, with Eavis previously suggesting that a break every five years was the plan. The 78-year-old dairy farmer has also stated that he thinks the festival has at least six more years in it, which would take it to its 50th anniversary in 2020.
POSTED: 29/06/14 – Source: mtv.co.uk
James Arthur has taken a social media swipe at the “mediocre” acts performing at the Glastonbury Festival this year. The former X Factor winner – who recently split from his record label Syco – took to Twitter out of frustration initially. He wrote: “Its sad that I’ll probably never play Glastonbury because of the format I was discovered.. Has anyone from xfactor ever played it?” But then his frustration turned to bitterness with a follow-up tweet directed at the TV coverage of the big event. “Especially sad when you see how mediocre some of these acts are live!! #verybitter.”
POSTED: 29/06/14 – Source: mtv.co.uk
Glastonbury 2014 came to a close, with headline performances from Kasabian, Disclosure, James Blake (above) and Massive Attack. Massive Attack headlined the Other Stage with a set that included political visuals and strobe lights.
Disclosure brought a string of guests out for their headline set on the West Holts stage. Taking to The Park stage at 9.10pm, James Blake and his two piece band. Black Keys set the stage for headliners Kasabian with the penultimate Pyramid Stage show of the weekend. Ed Sheeran (above) began his set on the Pyramid Stage beatboxing, backed by three video screens and his acoustic guitar, opening with ‘You Need Me Man I Don’t Need You’ and ‘Lego House’. “I do some slightly depressing songs at points, but this one’s a happy one on the new album,” he said before playing ‘Thinking Out Loud’ from new album ‘X’.
Earlier, while soul singer Sam Smith covered Arctic Monkeys’ ‘Do I Wanna Know’ on The Other Stage, country & western superstar Dolly Parton (above) treated a capacity Pyramid Stage crowd to a brand new song about Glastonbury’s famous mud. “When we arrived at five o’clock this morning I looked down and saw these workers and they were knee deep in mud and I thought, ‘Well, I’ll write a song about it’,” she said.
Comedian Noel Fielding joined Kasabian (above) on stage during their closing set on Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage, which saw red flares burning in the crowd, cryptic messages on the screen and a tribute to Bobby Womack, who died this weekend.
POSTED: 29/06/14 – Source: nme.com
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Glastonbury organiser Michael Eavis says three headliners have already been booked for next year’s festival – and they don’t include the long-rumoured Prince. Eavis was speaking at the annual press conference, which is held on the festival site at 11am on Sunday morning. He reported that one band was booked while Metallica were playing their headline set on the Pyramid Stage on Saturday night. Eavis said: “We’ve got three headliners already – and that’s without Prince. We’ve got some good headliners. We had an agent [for a band] yesterday on the platform by the stage watching Metallica with me, saying, ‘My band want to do it next year’. I can’t tell you who it was but that was done on the platform watching Metallica. It it a British artist? He’s definitely British, but the band are not British any more.”
POSTED: 29/06/14 – Source: nme.com
The English National Ballet has made its debut at the Glastonbury festival. It was the first act to take to the stage on Sunday, following Metallica’s headline set on Saturday. The company performed Akram Khan’s Dust, a piece commemorating the dead of World War One, and the families they left behind. Thousands turned up to watch the early morning performance, which was introduced by folk singer Billy Bragg.
POSTED: 29/06/14 – Source: BBC News Online
Saturday saw headline performances from Metallica, Jake Bugg and MGMT, and acts further down the bill including Jack White, Lana Del Rey, Manic Street Preachers, Pixies and Warpaint.
Metallica (above) won over the crowd at their debut appearance on the Pyramid Stage, bringing a battalion of flag-waving fans and opening with a video skit that cheekily addressed the petition to remove the band from the line-up for frontman James Hetfield’s involvement in a documentary about bear hunting.
On the Other Stage, Jake Bugg (above) played hits including ‘Lightning Bolt’ and a cover of the Little Richard’s ‘Rip It Up’. MGMT headlined the John Peel Stage, filling the tent to capacity, with people spilling out the sides metres away from the entrance.
On the Pyramid Stage, Jack White (above) played White Stripes tracks, swigged champagne, covered Metallica’s ‘Enter Sandman’ and tumbled over his drums.
POSTED: 29/06/14 – Source: nme.com
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Rudimental have said the “epic” electrical storm that caused their set on Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage to be cut short was “really upsetting”. The group were coming towards the end of their set on the main stage yesterday evening (June 27), when an electrical storm hit, causing their set to be cut short. “Lightning struck and we had to get off basically,” the band’s Amir Amor said. “So they cut everything. The electricity went out… It was quite epic really, I mean we really wanted to finish our set… It was really upsetting.” “It was a bit unfortunate because the set was going so well,” Kesi Dryden added, confirming that they had planned to bring John Newman out onstage for their set closer, ‘Feel The Love’. “It was amazing seeing all the fans loving it and we were loving it.”
POSTED: 28/06/14 – Source: nme.com
Arcade Fire (above) headlined the Pyramid Stage on the first night of the festival, bringing fireworks to what frontman Win Butler described as one of “the most incredible” of all the “unbelievable” things that have happened to the band in their career.
In the early afternoon, an electrical storm forced all outdoor stages to shut temporarily, causing numerous delays and performances being cut short across the site. The crowd were kept entertained by the stage manager singing Beatles songs on an acoustic guitar while engineers behind the scenes worked to ensure the show could go ahead, with the delay blamed on “somebody sitting in an office, telling us we’ve got to be safe, when they’re not on the ground and they don’t know what’s going on.”
Elbow (above) brought their trademark warmth and heart to their twilight set on the Pyramid Stage, with singer Guy Garvey effusing about how “beautiful” the crowd looked.
Lily Allen (above) hit out at FIFA president in her delayed Glastonbury performance, describing him as “annoyingly corrupt”.
POSTED: 28/06/14 – Source: nme.com
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The man taken to hospital after reportedly taking Class-B drug ketamine at Glastonbury has died, police have confirmed.
The unnamed man was described as being in a “life threatening condition” in Bristol Royal Infirmary yesterday, after apparently taking the drug the previous night. Glastonbury Police have now reported that the man, who is from the south-east of England, has died. The 26-year-old’s family have been informed.
POSTED: 27/06/14 – Source: nme.com
Glastonbury Festival has now resumed, after an electrical storm caused all outdoor stages to close. Earlier on this evening, a thunderstorm caused music on a number of the event’s outdoor stages to be halted, including the Pyramid Stage. A tweet from the festival’s official account confirmed that all stages are now back up and running, and that all performances are now running on schedule.
POSTED: 27/06/14 – Source: nme.com
A 67-year-old woman died of natural causes on the first night of Glastonbury Festival, it has been confirmed. The unnamed woman passed away on the Wednesday night of the festival. The Guardian reports that her death is not being treated as suspicious and the police believe she may have had an underlying medical condition.
POSTED: 27/06/14 – Source: nme.com
The 1975 were forced to interrupt their secret set on the William’s Green stage at Glastonbury Festival earlier this evening after a fan threw a can onstage. The band, who took to the packed stage shortly after 8.15pm, halted their set when a fight appeared to have broken out at the front of the crowd. “Ladies and gentleman I’m sorry to disrupt your peaceful Glastonbury but someone just threw a can onstage,” frontman Matthew Healy told the crowd mid-way through the set. “I won’t have people fighting at my Glastonbury,” he added as bouncers escorted a man through the audience out of the packed tent. The band then continued their set.
POSTED: 26/06/14 – Source: nme.com
The Glastonbury Festival has opened its gates, with 200,000 revellers expected to descend on Worthy Farm to see Dolly Parton, Metallica and Arcade Fire. Fans queued outside the Somerset site from dawn on Wednesday and counted down as the pedestrian gates were opened. They face a wet weekend, with heavy downpours predicted on Thursday and a potential mudbath on Friday. However, it is unlikely to be as bad as 2005, when flash flooding left some of the site under water.
POSTED: 25/06/14 – Source: BBC News Online
Glastonbury festival founder Michael Eavis has said that no band has ever been as keen to play the event as Metallica. The metal titans are due to perform on the Saturday night (June 28) at the Somerset bash. “There’s no other band in the whole history of the festival that has been so keen to play, they will do the best set of their lives here,” said Eavis to BBC 5 Live. “We have been going for so long that people don’t expect us to put on a heavy metal band. We had Rage Against The Machine and we have had lots of fairly heavy metal bands in the past but this is not a typical headline.”
POSTED: 16/06/14 – Source: nme.com
After writing 3,000 songs, receiving 46 Grammy nominations and becoming one of the most-loved singer-songwriters of the 21st century, playing the ‘legend slot’ on Sunday at Glastonbury festival is surely a fitting way for Dolly Parton to spend an afternoon. Perhaps it is the prestige of the billing that’s led the festival to post an unprecedented accompanying video on its official YouTube channel to teach fans a routine for ‘Jolene’. Fez, a ‘Dolly Mob’ choreographer, walks through the steps, intending festival-goers to ‘dance with strangers’. “It’s simple, learn the moves in the video above and then be prepared to break out into dance whenever and wherever you hear it played at Glastonbury 2014,” the team write on its website.
POSTED: 12/06/14 – Source: nme.com
Mick Jagger has said that he thinks Metallica are going to be “great” when they headline this year’s Glastonbury festival. The Rolling Stones frontman, who with his band headlined the event last year, has backed the decision to book Metallica, who are the first metal artists to headline Glastonbury in its 44-year history. Metallica’s fellow Glastonbury headliners Kasabian have also said that Metallica will impress, commenting that the booking is a “bold” move that will pay off.
POSTED: 28/05/14 – Source: nme.com
Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner has cast doubt on Metallica headlining Glastonbury, saying the booking “does not add up”. Speaking to Time Out, Turner says he is a fan of the band and would like to watch Metallica but is not sure if Glastonbury is the right festival for them. “I’m not sure it adds up,” he says. “I know we’d buzz off it, but fundamentally could you have Metallica in the hippy nucleus?”
POSTED: 20/05/14 – Source: nme.com
Glastonbury Festival founder Michael Eavis is to be honoured for his contribution to the music industry. The Music Industry Trusts (MITS) award recognises his achievements in staging live music and supporting charity. Eavis first held Glastonbury festival on his Somerset farm in 1970. Profits go to Greenpeace, Oxfam and WaterAid. “When I set out on this crazy hippy trip 44 years ago, little did I know how this rollercoaster would run,” the 78-year-old said. “But now I have to pinch myself every morning when I wake up to the excitement of another day – heading up a team of the most creative artists anywhere in the world.”
POSTED: 15/05/14 – Source: BBC News Online
US metal veterans Metallica have been announced as the Saturday night headliners on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury. They will join the previously announced headliners Arcade Fire and Kasabian at the event in Somerset on 27-29. It marks Metallica’s debut appearance at Worthy farm and it is the first time a heavy metal band have headlined the event. Tickets for this year sold out in just one hour and 27 minutes in October. Glastonbury Festival founder Michael Eavis told BBC 6 Music’s Matt Everitt: “[Metallica] wanted to play for a long, long time and they’re one of the most amazing rock bands in the world, everywhere I go people say ‘When are Metallica going to play?’ I said, ‘They will be here one day’ and this is their time now.
POSTED: 08/05/14 – Source: BBC News Online
Glastonbury headliners Kasabian have defended the decision made by organisers of the festival to not show any of this year’s World Cup. Should England qualify, their first knockout match will coincide with the Saturday night headliner at Worthy Farm. With that in mind, Emily and Michael Eavis have confirmed that no games will be screened over the festival weekend so fans can focus on the music. Speaking to NME, Kasabian’s Serge Pizzorno says he agrees with the decision, “You’re there for psychedelia, not football.” While frontman Tom Meighan adds, “You’ve gone to the wrong gig if you want England.”
POSTED: 30/04/14 – Source: nme.com
Glastonbury Festival organiser and founder Michael Eavis has teased that the remaining headliner is currently “one of the biggest-selling bands in the world”. During an interview with the Bristol Post, Eavis explained that the final act would be announced in the next few weeks: “We are expecting to announce the full lineup at the beginning of May and everything is now in place.
POSTED: 29/04/14 – Source: mtv.co.uk
Emily Eavis has denied that Oasis are to play this year’s Glastonbury festival. Asked on Twitter to deny the Manchester band would be making an appearance at Worthy Farm in June, the festival organiser replied: “oasis aren’t playing this year”. Rumours had begun to spread that the Gallagher brothers were set to reunite to play the Somerset festival after Liam Gallagher tweeted the letters O A S I S and a further tweet which read “OASIS LG” on Thursday night (April 24). Bookmakers Paddy Power and Ladbrokes suspended betting on the possibility of the band reforming and headlining Glastonbury, where the final headliner is yet to be revealed.
POSTED: 26/04/14 – Source: nme.com
Glastonbury tickets are to go back on sale next week. Tickets that were cancelled or not paid for in full will available to the public to purchase. Those tickets that include coach travel to and from the festival site will be available from April 24 at 7pm, while standard festival tickets will go back on sale on April 27 at 9am. Both types of tickets will be available from glastonbury.seetickets.com.
POSTED: 19/04/14 – Source: nme.com
Glastonbury festival organisers have announced they will not be screening England’s World Cup matches this year. Michael Eavis and co have pulled the plug on showing the team’s potential last 16 match during the three-day bash because the game will either clash with the main headliners on Saturday (June 28) and Sunday (29).
POSTED: 14/04/14 – Source: nme.com
Glastonbury festival organiser Emily Eavis has said that there will be new stages and venues at this year’s event, as well as teasing other new developments on the site. Discussing the changes to the site at Worthy Farm, she says: “We’ve got a few new little venues and a couple of new stages that are still to be announced – I can’t tell you much about them. And Strummerville are coming up to The Park too.” Elsewhere, festival goers can expect even more to do once the bands have finished each night, “Arcadia has got a massive new space a bit nearer to The Park and it’s kind of like a whole town, really,” says Eavis. “The late night area will be really spread out; there’s so much late night entertainment everywhere now, not just in one area.”
POSTED: 08/04/14 – Source: nme.com
Glastonbury Festival has added another 87 names to the bill including Kasabian, Jack White, Elbow and MIA. The line-up also features Pixies, Jake Bugg, Robert Plant and James Blake. Friday night headliners Arcade Fire and Dolly Parton were among those already confirmed to play the festival in June. Other new acts announced include MGMT, Brian Ferry, Kelis, Metronomy and De La Soul. Rudimental, Manic Street Preachers, London Grammar and Ed Sheeran are also set to play across more than 100 stages at the festival in Somerset between 25-29 June. Saturday night’s Pyramid Stage headliner is still yet to be announced, although organiser Michael Eavis said there was definitely one in place.
POSTED: 04/04/14 – Source: BBC News Online
Lana Del Rey will perform at Glastonbury in June. The singer has the Worthy Farm festival in her list of forthcoming live shows on the Primary Talent website. Primary Talent is Del Rey’s booking agency and responsible for all of her concert appearances. According to Del Rey’s page on the website she will play on June 28.
POSTED: 27/03/14 – Source: nme.com
Glastonbury Festival has been granted a new 10-year licence. Mendip District Council said the decision was made without the need for it to be “subjected to scrutiny in a public hearing”. There was no opposition to the licence, which will run up to 2024 and will allow for more staff on site. The number of passes for performers and staff could rise by 25,500 to 63,000 by 2024. Organisers have said the number of public tickets available, currently 135,000, will remain the same.
POSTED: 12/03/14 – Source: BBC News Online
It looks like rumours of a Prince performance at this year’s Glastonbury Festival have finally been put to be, with organiser Emily Eavis reportedly stating that he will not be appearing on Worthy Farm in June. Eavis is quoted as saying that while both her and Michael Eavis still hope to book Prince in the future, he would not be performing this year.
POSTED: 05/03/14 – Source: gigwise.com
Dolly Parton and Blondie have confirmed that they will perform at Glastonbury in June. Blondie announced their appearance at the NME Awards while both Dolly Parton and organiser Emily Eavis have confirmed that the ‘Jolene’ singer will appear at Worthy Farm this year. Tweeting about her upcoming appearance at Glastonbury, Parton said she will perform on June 29, the Sunday of the festival. Meanwhile, Emily Eavis said that she “couldn’t be happier” with the booking.
POSTED: 27/02/14 – Source: nme.com
Country and Western superstar Dolly Parton is being heavily rumoured to perform at Glastonbury 2014, after her newly revealed UK tour dates have a conspicuous gap on the day of next year’s event. Parton will tour the UK and Europe in June and July 2013 – performing in Cardiff on 24 June 2014, the day before Glastonbury. Her next scheduled date is at London’s O2 Arena on 27 June. Glastonbury 2014 starts on 25 June 2014.
POSTED: 22/12/13 – Source: gigwise.com
Canadian seven-piece Arcade Fire have confirmed rumours that they are to be the headline act on the first night of next year’s Glastonbury Festival. The Wake Up stars made the announcement by tweeting a photo bearing the legend “June 27 – Glastonbury”. The tweet was followed by an official statement on the Glastonbury website. “We’re very pleased to announce that Arcade Fire will headline the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury 2014, on Friday 27th June,” it said.
POSTED: 19/12/13 – Source: BBC News Online
Lily Allen has confirmed herself for next year’s Glastonbury festival. The singer, who was a guest on Nick Grimshaw’s Radio 1 Breakfast Show, said she will be playing at Worthy Farm in 2014 as part of an extensive summer tour. She said: “It got confirmed yesterday. That’s the first big thing I’m going to be doing. I’ll be doing 16 weeks of festivals over the summer and then tour.” Although Allen did not reveal which slot on the bill she would be performing in, she did praise Glastonbury, adding: “It’s the best festival, I think – that, and Fuji Rock in Japan.”
POSTED: 19/11/13 – Source: nme.com
Tickets for next year’s Glastonbury Festival have sold out in record time, according to organisers. Michael and Emily Eavis issued a joint statement confirming all 120,000 remaining tickets had been sold in just one hour and 27 minutes. They said they were “blown away” by the numbers logging on and were “genuinely sorry” that so many had missed out. Ticketing website See Tickets had earlier apologised to customers on Twitter for “technical difficulties”. No acts have yet been confirmed to play at the festival at Worthy Farm between 26 and 29 June next year, but there is already speculation about who will headline. David Bowie is one of the bookies’ favourites, with other rumours including Foo Fighters and Fleetwood Mac.
POSTED: 06/10/13 – Source: BBC News Online
The first set of tickets for next year’s Glastonbury Festival have sold out. The 15,000 coach and ticket packages went on sale at 6pm on 3 October and sold out in half an hour. The news was confirmed on Glastonbury Festival’s official Twitter page where people were also reminded that another 120,000 tickets for the festival will go on Sunday 6 October.
POSTED: 04/10/13 – Source: BBC Newsbeat
Weekend tickets for Glastonbury Festival 2014 will go on sale at 9am on Sunday 6 October. It’ll cost £210 to attend but festival-goers will only have to pay a deposit of £50 next month before settling their bill in April. For the first time, coach packages will be available three days before the main ticket sale on Thursday 3 October. No acts have been announced but organiser Michael Eavis says the three headliners are in place already.
POSTED: 16/09/13 – Source: BBC Newsbeat
Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis has revealed that next year’s headliners are three bands who have never played at Worthy Farm before. The 2014 event will take place from June 27-29 and tickets are set to go on sale in October. Bookmakers are already taking bets on everyone from Daft Punk to Fleetwood Mac making the trip to Somerset next year.
POSTED: 04/09/13 – Source: nme.com