2016 Glastonbury News
Glastonbury Festival has only just wrapped for another year but the headline rumours have already started. And after taking a year to recharge, it seems chart topper Ed Sheeran has been approached to headline the British festival because ‘bosses are desperate to book him’. ‘Ed has always wanted to do Glasto, it’s been a huge ambition,’ a source close to the pop star told The Sun. ‘He’s one of the biggest artists in the world, and British, so bosses are desperate to book him.’ Ed revealed in 2015 that he would be taking a break a break from his ‘phone, emails and all social media’ because it was time to get some perspective on his rising fame.
POSTED: 06/07/16 – Source: metro.co.uk
Michael Eavis has revealed Fleetwood Mac haven’t headlined Glastonbury yet because he thinks they are too expensive. The ‘Rumours’ band have been linked to the Somerset festival for several years, and headlined at Isle Of Wight festival last year. During a new interview with The Guardian, Eavis confirmed they are still on his wish list for a future Glastonbury. “Adele did it for less, Rolling Stones did it for a reasonable rate,” he said. “We can’t afford to spend £4-5m on people to play. Mick Fleetwood said he would do it himself, but come on. I’d like the rest of the band and they all want to be paid a lot of money.”
POSTED: 27/06/16 – Source: nme.com
Teams of litter pickers have already began the mammoth task of cleaning up after Glastonbury Festival. The five-day extravaganza has been one of the muddiest on record and left thousands queuing for over 12 hours just to get in. But after five days of fun and frolics – including headlining acts from Coldplay and Adele – nearly half of attendees are now making their way home. Glastonbury goers have until 6pm to leave Worthy Farm, but fortunately the gridlock to get in has not been repeated, with traffic coping relatively well. A quarter of the 153,000 revellers are thought to have left before 1am on Monday and half had packed up and gone by 9am on Monday. An estimated 800-strong litter picking crew have already begun clearing the 900-acre site farm.
They have a back breaking task of picking up around 1,650 tonnes of waste and around 5,000 abandoned tents. Last year an estimated 11 tonnes of clothes and camping gear were abandoned, including 6,500 sleeping bags, 5,500 tents, 3,500 airbeds, 2,200 chairs, 950 rolled mats and 400 gazebos. The even muddier setting this year is expected to see even more collected and could even see the clean-up bill close to £1 million. Volunteers are expected to sift through around nine tonnes of glass, 54 tonnes of cans and plastic bottles, 41 tonnes of cardboard and 66 tonnes of scrap metal, with around 200 tonnes of composted organic waste already removed from the site. Normality will then resume as the cows return.
POSTED: 27/06/16 – Source: bristolpost.co.uk
Coldplay Close Glasto 2016
It might be pushing it a bit to say those left at Glastonbury as proceedings on the main stage draw to a close this year are, as Chris Martin puts it, “brave and wonderful people”, but they’re certainly an impressively dogged and hearty lot. Today, the previously changeable weather has settled into slate-grey skies and constant drizzle: it looks like an overcast afternoon in October.
“It’s our favourite place in the world,” says Coldplay’s Chris Martin (above) as he walks on stage: by the conclusion of Yellow, he’s thanking the audience for “restoring our faith in the world”. The audience, for their part, start bellowing along and don’t really stop for the next hour and a half: through Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall, a version of Paradise that now comes with a pounding house coda attached, Viva La Vida and Fix You, the lastsong that always sounds substantially less mawkish when thousands of people are singing along. The trick of distributing thousands of flashing wristbands to the crowd (below) and getting them to wave their arms in time to the music is both shamelessly corny and hugely effective as the night draws in.
It’s the fourth time that Coldplay have headlined Glastonbury: frankly, if they hadn’t worked out how to do this kind of thing by now, it would be time for some kind of public inquiry. Even so, it’s striking how adept a frontman Chris Martin is: at turns a puppyish enthusiastic cheerleader and quietly self-deprecating – “I’m Chris de Burgh,” he smiles, seating himself at the piano.
Coldplay eschew a cover of David Bowie’s Heroes in favour of paying tribute to Viola Beach (above), the young band who were killed in a car accident earlier this year: showing a video of them playing their debut single, then joining in the song themselves, “creating an alternative future for them”. Perhaps noting that the other Pyramid stage headliners haven’t done anything particularly out of the ordinary, and that it’s down to them to create the kind of mythic “Glastonbury moment” you always hear so much about, for an encore, they first bring out Barry Gibb (below) to sing the Bee Gees’ To Love Somebody and Staying Alive, then Michael Eavis to sing My Way. People, understandably, go nuts.
You can, if you’re so minded, mock Coldplay’s innate musical conservatism, their shameless emotional button-pushing – at one point they show a video of Muhammad Ali – but you’d have a hard time arguing that they don’t make perfect sense in a setting like this. What’s the point of Coldplay is an oft-asked question among more waspish music fans and critics. Tonight the clear answer seems to be: well, this.
POSTED: 26/06/16 – Source: theguardian.com (Alexis Petridis)
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Jeff Lynne’s ELO Fill The Sunday Legend Slot
Jeff Lynne’s ELO (below) burst onto the Pyramid Stage to play the Sunday afternoon “legend slot”, as the heavens opened over Glastonbury. Backed by a full string section, the band opened with the 1976 track Evil Woman followed by Showdown. “Hello Glastonbury,” said Lynne. “It’s great to be here.”
A crowd of thousands watched the show, but the band couldn’t quite match the numbers who turned out for Dolly Parton in 2014 or Lionel Richie last year. Many of the spectators confessed they were unfamiliar with the band’s music. “My mum would’ve killed me if I didn’t come to see them, to be honest,” one told the BBC. “My dad likes them,” added another. “He used to listen to them in the car, so I thought I’d come along.” But many were won over by the band’s orchestrated rock symphonies. “I’m lovin’ it in the rain,” said one. Lynne, never the most effusive of frontmen, also appeared to be enjoying the experience. “That was great, that. You were fabulous,” he announced after the caudience sang and clapped along to Mr Blue Sky. After the closing number, Roll Over Beethoven, he turned his back to the crowd for a commemorative selfie.
POSTED: 26/06/16 – Source: BBC News Online (Mark Savage)
Ellie Gould Plays The Pyramid Stage
Ellie Goulding (below) took her turn on stage at Glastonbury this afternoon and it was awesome. The singer/songwriter – who enjoyed the festival in the audience yesterday – took to the Pyramid Stage just after 5pm (June 26) on the last day of the Worthy Farm festival. Dressed in a short black ensemble and matching doc martens, Ellie kicked her set off with an upbeat version of ‘Aftertaste’, and we think even Ellie was surprised by just how many fans had come out to see her. But then, we almost forgot ourselves how many good songs the she actually had.
Ice broken, Ellie launched straight into her massive Calvin Harris collab ‘Outside’ which went down even better with the huge, huge crowds who came out to see her. Next up was a rockier version of top ten tune ‘Burn’, with some impressive pyromaniac type staging and Ellie shredding some serious instrumental on the electric guitar and being all shades of awesome in the process. A change of pace came next with largely unknown track ‘Devotion’, which saw Ellie switch her guitar for a white acoustic for the emotional number. Weirdly, the singer disappeared for quite a long time before reappearing for next track ‘Keep on Dancin’ , a slow, sultry number before moving on to ‘Don’t Need Nobody’, the kind of electro-pop that works on the Pyramid stage. There was ANOTHER LONG GAP before song number eight, ‘Figure Eight’. Ahh, the irony. But it was only at song number nine that the pop princess whipped her biggest anthems out for her Pyramid Stage audience. ‘On my Mind’ was lucky number nine, the alleged Sheeran-slam track, with Goulding at her feisty-unapologetic dad dancing best. This was swiftly followed by the second Calvin Harris collab of the night, ‘I Need Your Love’, arguably the best received song of the set, with some seriously super high-notes at the end. And then – of course- there was Brexit talk. ” I know, things have been weird the past few days but it’s so nice to be in a place where there’s so much unity and everyone is so happy and friendly and loving each other,” said Ellie. ‘I really hope now for this lovely country that that sentiment spirit of Glastonbury happens all over the country still because I know some terrible things are happening. “We are all one person we are all human beings and I hope you carry the spirit of Glastonbury home with you,” she said.
POSTED: 26/06/16 – Source: digitalspy.com (Louise McCreesh)
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Saturday At Glasto 2016
Glastonbury day two reached an almighty climax with epic headline sets from Adele and New Order, after highlights also came from Chvrches, The 1975, Wolf Alice, Hurts and more.
Adele’s performance (above) on The Pyramid Stage was always going to be a landmark event, and needless to say we weren’t disappointed, as the Tottenham star provided one of the most unique headline slots in Glastonbury history. Opening with ‘Hello’, what followed was essentially two hours of stand up comedy interspersed with huge pop songs performed flawlessly. Constantly apologising for how “miserable” some of her back catalogue was for a festival slot, there was a glorious polarity between her long, hilariously delivered stories and pitch perfect renditions of hits from across her three album canon.
Meanwhile, a strong crowd gathered at The Other Stage for an almighty closing set from New Order (above). Delivering a career-spanning smattering of classics along with cuts from their immaculate 2015 album Music Complete, the post-punk, electro heroes performed with the compulsion and energy of a band still penning the sound of the future. Warming up for New Order on The Other Stage was an absolutely immaculate set from Chvrches.
Drawing a huge crowd over on The Other Stage in the early evening was The 1975 (above), their performance was simply flawless, and made it very obvious that we will see them headline the pyramid in a few years. Few bands have had a year like Wolf Alice. 12 months after releasing their critically acclaimed debut album My Love Is Cool they’ve toured the world playing increasingly larger venues, scored a Mercury nomination, an Ivor Novello nomination and basically made themselves into one of the biggest acts in Britain right now. Needless to say then, they made easy work of The Pyramid Stage yesterday afternoon with a stunning set that effortlessly justified their successes to date.
POSTED: 26/06/16 – Source: gigwise.com
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Madness paid a special tribute to the “great, great David Bowie” as they brought their Glastonbury Festival set to a close with his 1971 hit Kooks. Beneath the Aladdin Sane lightning bolt suspended above the Pyramid Stage, frontman and radio DJ Suggs (above) said he wanted to celebrate the late music superstar. The band brought their families up on stage to dance along to Kooks, which was written by Bowie to his newborn son. The band also gave a nod to the Brexit vote, making clear the country is on the “highway to hell”. Suggs handed the microphone to guitarist Chris Foreman, who said he had recently learnt how easy it was to fool 51.9% of people – referencing the percentage of Britons who voted to leave the European Union in Thursday’s referendum. He then led the crowd in a rendition of the AC/DC song Highway To Hell.
POSTED: 26/06/16 – Source: mirror.co.uk
Friday At Glasto 2016
Day one of Glastonbury was kicked off to a roaring start, with epic highlight sets from Muse, Foals, Editors, Frightened Rabbit, Skepta and many more. Muse (below) took to the Pyramid Stage to headline Glastonbury for the third time in their career, delivering an epic, career-spanning set complete with all the space-rock theatrics that you’ve come to know and love.
Meanwhile, Sigur Ros (below) headlined The John Peel Stage, where they entranced a swelling and hypnotised crowd with a visual and sonic display of utter magic. Many have said that Foals should have headlined Glastonbury this year, and their sunset slot on the Pyramid Stage arguably proved that. From the offset their performance felt like a huge moment in the band’s career, a pivotal step that put their whole discography to date in perspective.
Another act worthy of far, far higher up the bill were Editors – who ironically bring out the sunshine for a stadium-sized dose of darkness and melodrama. Friday morning saw Skepta bring grime to the pyramid stage, in a landmark performance that will no doubt go down in Glastonbury history. Earlier in the day, Vince Staples made his Glastonbury debut with a much-anticipated performance on The West Holts stage.
POSTED: 25/06/16 – Source: gigwise.com
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Glastonbury festival-goers have been stuck in queues of up to 12 hours as traffic chaos hit all major routes to the site. Organisers said rain and ground conditions had caused delays and festival founder Michael Eavis has apologised. The festival’s Twitter account said it was “open for business” but advised festival-goers to expect to queue. More than 100,000 people are due to descend on Worthy Farm for the event. The gates officially opened at 08:00 BST but people reported long queues to get on to the site. Festival organisers earlier advised people “not to set off” yet or “grab some essentials” for the journey. A temporary campervan and caravan holding site was set up at the Bath and West show ground near Shepton Mallet and festival-goers were advised to go there. Avon and Somerset Police said traffic was queuing on the A37, north and south of the A361 junctions, with further congestion around the A303. The force advised people to avoid the area “unless absolutely necessary”. Somerset County Council said traffic heading to the festival had caused widespread disruption. It said a number of school buses had been caught up in the traffic, and were running late or not at all. Residents described the gridlocked roads as a “traffic disaster”.
POSTED: 22/06/16 – Source: BBC News Online
A compilation album made up of live performances from Glastonbury will be dedicated to Jo Cox. The 41-year-old Labour MP was killed in her home village near Leeds on Thursday. Oxfam had already been planning to record a live album to raise money to support their work with refugees. The charity, which the Batley and Spen MP used to work for, has now announced it will release Stand As One – Live at Glastonbury 2016 in her memory.
POSTED: 21/06/16 – Source: BBC News Online
A man who suffered severe burns at the Glastonbury Festival site has died, police said. The man, thought to be in his 20s, was taken by air ambulance from the Somerset site to Southmead Hospital in Bristol shortly after 17.20 BST. He was later transferred to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham where he died, Avon and Somerset Police said. A police spokesman said they are treating the death as unexplained, but do not believe it to be suspicious. The man’s family has been informed.
POSTED: 21/06/16 – Source: BBC News Online
Heavy rain and the threat of thick and sticky mud means one group of Glastonbury Festival-goers will be a little late arriving this year. Camper van owners have been told to delay their arrival at Worthy Farm to give the ground 36 hours to recover before they drive on to it. The Camper Van field will now open for vehicles at 6pm tomorrow, with all those with live in vehicles told that if they turn up before then, they will be turned away. Van owners have also been asked to delay their arrival even further where possible, as the stewards anticipate that a flood of vehicles will show up at 6pm, all trying to get in at once. The new opening times apply to both East and West camper van fields. The festival gates proper will not open until 8am on Wednesday, allowing the land another 12 hours to dry out before 260,000 feet begin to tramp onto it.
POSTED: 20/06/16 – Source: somersetlive.co.uk
A video taken by a member of staff at the Glastonbury Festival showing large parts of the Worthy Farm site under more than a foot of flood water has gone viral around the country, amid fears this year’s festival could be a wash-out. The video was posted on to Facebook by Nigel Smith with the heading ‘Welcome to Glastonbury’, and shows the cameraman and a driver of a 4×4 heading into the flood to rescue another member of the festival crew. The location on the site where the flood has taken place is not precisely known but it looks to be the area to the east and south-east of the site around the Circus Field next to the perimeter fence. The video was taken on Friday afternoon, after a huge cloudburst brought torrential rain and flash floods to large parts of central Somerset.
POSTED: 18/06/16 – Source: bristolpost.co.uk
The Bee Gees’ Barry Gibb has been forced to pull out of his scheduled Glastonbury performance with Coldplay. The 69-year-old singer has had to cancel his appearance at the music festival later this month as a close family member has fallen ill. ‘Barry has had to stay put in Florida as a close family member is unwell and he needs to be with them. It’ll be a shock if he makes it,’ a source told The Sun.
POSTED: 15/06/16 – Source: metro.co.uk
Coldplay are reportedly planning to pay tribute to Viola Beach during their headline set at Glastonbury later this month (June). The Warrington band were on tour in Sweden when their car plummeted into a canal during a crash on February 13, killing all four band members (Kris Leonard, River Reeves, Tomas Lowe and Jack Dakin) and their manager Craig Tarry. Chris Martin and his bandmates are now said to be planning to cover a Viola Beach song during their Sunday headline set at the Somerset festival as pictures of the band are projected onto big screens.
POSTED: 06/06/16 – Source: nme.com
Glastonbury organiser Michael Eavis has said he hopes to hold a new music festival in Longleat in 2019. It is a “fallow year” for Glastonbury, which takes a break every six years so as not to cause damage to Worthy Farm. A spokesperson for Glastonbury confirmed plans for a new event are in the early stages. On Wednesday, Eavis told the BBC: “We’re talking to Longleat every day, that’s the best site…that’s my favourite site, really.” Last month, Emily Eavis suggested any event held in Longleat would not be billed as the Glastonbury Festival.
POSTED: 02/06/16 – Source: BBC News Online
The organisers of Glastonbury Festival have been fined £12,000 after admitting allowing human sewage to leak from a tank and pollute a stream. The leak happened at the Worthy Farm site in Somerset in June 2014, damaging water quality and killing fish. At Bristol Magistrates’ Court, District Judge Simon Cooper ordered the festival to pay £19,000 in costs. However, he found that organisers had “low culpability”, and praised their response and systems. “I am still slightly amused that it has been necessary to go to this level of detail,” Judge Cooper said. “I am concerned that these proceedings have set the Environment Agency somewhat against Glastonbury Festival Ltd. He added: “I am satisfied that there was proper planning for the festival and no criticism is made of that. The Environment Agency were in an advisory capacity and signed off the sanitary facilities plan. There was a waste management plan, there was a rivers and streams management plan.” The court heard that 42 fish were killed after a “large quantity” of sewage filtered into Whitelake River. Sensors in the stream alerted the Environment Agency to increased ammonia levels. The court was told that fish – including protected brown trout – died as a result. Festival founder Michael Eavis told an earlier hearing in Yeovil that the sewage had been contained in a £100,000 slurry tank.
POSTED: 24/05/16 – Source: BBC News Online
Glastonbury Festival and Worthy Farm have gone hand in hand since 1970. But for the first time its founder Michael Eavis has hinted the venue could change in 2018. Every five years organisers take a fallow year to let the ground recover, but Eavis says he has “something special planned” for the next one in two years time. “I am getting old and don’t want to miss out on any festivals,” he told the Bristol Post. Eavis, who celebrated his 80th birthday last year, said: “I am very proud of what we have managed to achieve over the years. “I wake up every morning and get excited just thinking about the festival.” The Olympics were happening in London the last time the festival didn’t happen in 2012.
POSTED: 14/04/16 – Source: BBC Newsbeat
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has accepted an invitation to speak at this year’s Glastonbury festival in June. Mr Corbyn will address music fans in the Left Field area, the line-up for which is organised by singer and activist Billy Bragg. The festival, which has already sold out, runs from 22 to 26 June – coinciding with the in-out referendum on the UK’s EU membership on 23 June. Labour’s shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, has also been invited.
POSTED: 04/04/16 – Source: BBC News Online
ZZ Top and New Order are among a raft of acts confirmed to perform at this year’s Glastonbury Festival. Other names on the bill include Beck, Disclosure, Ellie Goulding, Foals, LCD Soundsystem, PJ Harvey, Madness and Stormzy. This year’s three headliners – already announced – are Muse, Adele and Coldplay. The festival takes place at Worthy Farm at Pilton in Somerset from 22 to 26 June. The 2016 line-up also features The 1975, The Last Shadow Puppets, Grimes, Jake Bugg, Fatboy Slim, Guy Garvey, Madness, Wolf Alice, Bat For Lashes, Cyndi Lauper, Ronnie Spector and Earth, Wind & Fire. Jeff Lynne’s ELO occupies the Sunday afternoon “legends” lot, which in recent years has been filled by Dolly Parton, Lionel Richie and Kenny Rogers.
POSTED: 29/03/16 – Source: BBC News Online
Adele has announced she will headline the Pyramid Stage at this year’s Glastonbury Festival. She revealed the news live on stage at London’s O2, where she is in the middle of a six-night residency. “Who’s going to Glastonbury this year?” she asked. “See you there. I’ll be there. I’ll be headlining on the Saturday night this year.” “I’ve had to keep that secret for years!” the star added. Glastonbury later confirmed the news on Twitter. Adele now joins Muse and Coldplay at the top of the bill when the festival takes place in June.
POSTED: 18/03/16 – Source: BBC News Online
Muse have been announced as the Friday night headliners on the Pyramid Stage at this year’s Glastonbury Festival. The Friday slot makes Muse the first band to have headlined every night of the festival – they played on Saturday night in 2010, and Sunday in 2004. Muse posted a video on Friday titled “Playing a little show at home…” showing clips from their previous Glastonbury performances. The Devon three-piece won a Grammy for best rock album earlier this month.
POSTED: 26/02/16 – Source: BBC News Online
Michael and Emily Eavis have confirmed that the next Glastonbury headliner will be revealed next month. Coldplay were named as the first headliner for 2016 earlier this week, they will close the festival on the Sunday night as they take to the stage for the fourth time in their career. Speaking at the NME Awards with Austin, Texas Michael Eavis said he is confident that Coldplay will deliver a memorable performace when they step onto the Pyramid Stage: “They always are good,” he said. “They’ve done it three before and we chose them to headline so we were on the money there. We always get it right and we’ve got Jeff Lynne as well.” Asked when the next two headliners will be announce, Michael said “very soon” and suggested April 1 with Emily clarifying: “Before that.”
POSTED: 18/02/16 – Source: nme.com
Foo Fighters have been ruled out for this year’s Glastonbury Festival. Glastonbury 2016 will take place at Worthy Farm over the week of June 22-26. Coldplay have already been confirmed as one headliner, with Foo Fighters previously rumoured to fill another of the bill’s top slots after they were forced to pull out of last year’s event after frontman Dave Grohl broke his leg. Speaking to Metro at last night’s NME Awards 2016 with Austin, Texas, festival founder Michael Eavis stated that the festival’s full line-up will be announced in April, describing it as “the best line-up we’ve ever had”. Eavis continued: “Foo Fighters won’t be headlining this year, we’ve got three fantastic headliners but they aren’t one of them. I’d like to see them play Glastonbury in the near future.”
POSTED: 18/02/16 – Source: nme.com
Coldplay have confirmed they are to headline the Pyramid Stage in the Sunday slot at the Glastonbury Festival this year. The band announced the news on Twitter with a photograph of the field in which they’ll be playing on 26 June. They’ll be the first band to headline at Worthy Farm four times. No other Glastonbury headliners have been announced as yet – but Jeff Lynne’s ELO have been confirmed for the Sunday teatime slot.
POSTED: 16/02/16 – Source: BBC News Online
The rumours for the Glastonbury Festival 2016 line-up continue to circulate, now with Bee Gees’ legend Barry Gibb tipped to play the Sunday legends slot. Glastonbury have already announced that Jeff Lynne’s ELO will be performing in the renowned spot on the Pyramid Stage on the Sunday – following in the footsteps of already historic performances from the likes of Dolly Parton and Lionel Richie. Now, however, sources claim that there will be two ‘legends’ performing on the Sunday – with the Bee Gees’ Barry Gibb now tipped to perform too.
POSTED: 10/02/16 – Source: gigwise.com
Glastonbury has tempted fate by booking a band best known for the song Mr Blue Sky to play the festival’s notoriously rainy main stage. Jeff Lynne’s ELO will step into Lionel Richie’s shoes during Glastonbury’s “legends” slot on Sunday, 26 June. Dolly Parton’s stint in the slot drew Glastonbury’s biggest ever crowd in 2014, while Richie’s appearance last year sent him to the top of the charts. The main headliners for this year’s festival have yet to be announced. However, Muse, Adele, Coldplay and Rihanna have all been rumoured to top the bill on the Pyramid Stage.
POSTED: 01/02/16 – Source: BBC News Online
Glastonbury Festival organiser Emily Eavis has stated that the line-up will feature more female-led acts this year following controversy over the lack of women being booked for major events. A 2014 study showed that just 3.5 per cent of festival acts that year were all-female bands, compared to 43 per cent all-male bands. It also found that female solo artists accounted for 15% of the bill, compared to 24% solo males. Speaking in interview with Noisey, Eavis said: “We are strong on women this year, I have to say”, adding: “There are loads of great female MCs coming through this year which is quite exciting. Little Simz and Lady Leshurr and people like that.”
POSTED: 15/01/16 – Source: nme.com
The organisers of the Glastonbury Festival have admitted allowing human sewage to leak from a tank and pollute a stream. The leak happened at the Worthy Farm site in Somerset in June 2014 and damaged water quality and killed fish. Founder Michael Eavis, who was at Yeovil Magistrates’ Court, said the sewage was in a £100,000 slurry tank. The Glastonbury Festival is one of the UK’s biggest music events, with some 175,000 people attending each year. During the hearing, the judge was told that 42 fish were killed by the sewage after a “large quantity” of sewage filtered into Whitelake River. Sensors in the stream alerted the Environment Agency to increased ammonia levels. The court was told fish – including protected brown trout – died as a result. Glastonbury Festival 2014 admitted the single charge against it.
POSTED: 14/01/16 – Source: BBC News Online
Glastonbury Festival organisers are being prosecuted over the festival-goers urinating in hedges. Strategic operations director Christopher Edwards appeared before Yeovil magistrates this week to represent the music and arts festival, which is accused of failing to meet environmental standards. The charges are that organizers “caused or knowingly permitted a water discharge activity or groundwater activity, namely the discharge of human sewage derived from the Glastonbury Music Festival.” The case has been adjourned until the New Year.
Glastonbury organisers have denied reports that the festival will be forced to relocate because of a gas pipe which runs through the site. Speculation about the potential move was triggered last week, when farmer and festival founder Michael Eavis told an audience about “a gas main running through the site” which Mendip District Council and gas technicians allegedly deemed “dangerous”. After suggesting that Eavis has already considered a back-up location “about 20 miles up the road” should the move need to take place, his daughter, Emily Eavis, has now clarified these comments, stating that there was a “misunderstanding” about the gas line. “There seems to have been a misunderstanding about the gas line which runs under a part of the festival site. We work closely with the National Grid to ensure all necessary precautions are taken in relation to the gas line,” she told the Guardian. “This means we can continue running the festival on Worthy Farm, without any issues connected to this.” Worthy Farm has been the bucolic location of Glastonbury festival since its very first event in 1970.
POSTED: 24/11/15 – Source: theguardian.com
Emily Eavis has given a winter update on Glastonbury, revealing that around 80% of the bookings for the 2016 festival, which takes place in late June, have already been made. Talking to the BBC, Eavis said “We are about 80% of the way there already. We are so lucky at the moment to have so many huge bands touring and wanting to play. That’s one of the reasons we are doing a festival in 2017, we already have the headliners pencilled in for that too, which is unusual.” “I feel quite passionately that there are enough headliners for at least another 15 years and that doesn’t take into account the new bands coming through, of which there are more all the time. There’s so much great music out there”
POSTED: 22/11/15 – Source: nme.com
Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis got a fittingly high-profile brand of musical entertainment for his 80th birthday party, with Coldplay man Chris Martin and Lily Allen taking the starring roles. Lily Allen is a regular at the festival, having appeared on stage with Rudimental this year, while Coldplay headlined Glastonbury in 2002, 2005 and 2011, and are rumoured to be returning in 2016, too.
POSTED: 19/10/15 – Source: nme.com
As the first wave of Glastonbury tickets sell out 30 minutes, bookies have revealed that Coldplay are the favourites to headline next year. Bookies have given the band odds of 4/1 to headline the Pyramid Stage. The band, who are currently working on their seventh album, A Head Full of Dreams, have headlined three times before; in 2002, 2005 and 2011. Last month, festival organiser Michael Eavis told Newsbeat he had booked the headliners for the next two years. Adele is the second favourite to headline the festival at Worthy Farm in 2016, with the Foo Fighters being third. The fourth favourites are Blur with 12/1 odds and the Rolling Stones are way down with 40/1.
POSTED: 04/10/15 – Source: BBC Newsbeat
Tickets for next year’s Glastonbury music festival have sold out in half an hour. The 118,200 standard tickets, which cost £228 plus £5 booking fee, went on sale at 09:00 BST on Sunday and were snapped up by fans in 30 minutes. Glastonbury said: “We have, once again, been staggered by the sheer number of people from around the world who hoped to come to the festival, with demand significantly outstripping supply.” The line-up will be revealed next year. “We’re sorry to all of those who missed out,” organisers said in a statement. “We really wish we could fit you all in. “But there will be a resale of any returned tickets in the spring, and registration will open again in the next few days. Thank you for your incredible support.” Many unsuccessful fans reported a struggle to access the ticket site on Sunday morning. Those wishing to attend had to register online in advance, and those who did manage to book were required to pay a £50 deposit. The remaining balance will be required by the first week of April. Any tickets that have not been paid for will then go back on sale. The first batch of 16,800 tickets – for combined coach travel and festival entry – sold out in 20 minutes on Thursday.
POSTED: 04/10/15 – Source: BBC News Online