2017 Glastonbury News
Man who taught Ed Sheeran how to use loop pedal speaks out after claims star was playing to backing track. The singer recently responded to criticism, telling fans to “please google” A man who claims to have taught Ed Sheeran how to use a loop pedal has spoken in a new interview following the singer’s loop-filled Glastonbury headline set. Sheeran is known for using loop pedals for his live performances – allowing him to record his guitar before essentially ‘looping’ it as he continues to play. But implementing the technical effect at Glastonbury left some people confused on Twitter and led them to ask if he was using a backing track. Sheeran later responded, tweeting: “Never thought I’d have to explain it, but everything I do in my live show is live, it’s a loop station, not a backing track. Please google.” “I remember having to explain live looping 10 or 15 years ago… I thought it was understood as a craft – but clearly not!” Gary Dunne has told BBC Newsbeat. “Now I can say: ‘You know the thing Ed Sheeran does, that’s what I do!’. It’s very, very funny. I was talking to Ed about it the day after the set. We’re live looping geeks and that’s what we talk about.” Dunne added: “I find it interesting that people can watch the gig and criticise the art and not understand the complexity and the vulnerability of what he’s doing. If he pushes a button half a second out the whole song can fall out of sync. So he’s up there on his own and he’s riding a wave of being in the moment with the music and every time he puts his foot down he’s either recording or looping or reversing or adjusting a track.” “It’s like watching a painter live paint a picture while doing something else at the same time – to a global TV audience. The pressure is insane!”
POSTED: 27/06/17 – Source: nme.com
Every so often Glastonbury has to take a fallow year and 2018 is one of those years. It’s a necessity because so many guests attend the event annually that after a while the land simply needs two years to recover. As a result the next festival at Worthy Farm will be in 2019. The last fallow year was in 2012, the year after Beyoncé headlined the Pyramid Stage. This proved to be a smart decision as the weekend the festival would have taken place, the grounds endured periods of extremely heavy rain, although that’s nothing Glasto goers can’t deal with. However, you can already register to buy tickets for when the festival returns in 2019.
POSTED: 26/06/17 – Source: mirror.co.uk
Sunday At Glastonbury
Pop star Ed Sheeran (below) has headlined Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage, just six years after his debut at one of the festival’s smallest venues. In 2011, the star played the solar-powered Croissant Neuf stage, playing “to about 500 people”.
On Sunday, he closed the festival, attracting a much younger audience than Friday and Saturday’s headliners, Radiohead and Foo Fighters. The 26-year-old admitted he was “very nervous but very excited” to be there. “The aim of tonight is to lose our voices,” he added. “I’m going to lose mine as well.”
The audience (above) took him up on the challenge; joining in wistfully as he sang the ballads Photograph and Thinking Out Loud. They didn’t quite keep up, however, with the spittle-flecked Take It Back – a whirlwind of wordplay in which Sheeran declared: “I’m not a rapper, I’m a singer with a flow.” The star played, as he usually does, without a band; using a loop pedal to layer his vocal and guitar lines and create a backing track live, on the spot.
We’re calling it: Islands In The Stream has become the unofficial anthem of Glastonbury. Kenny Rogers debuted the song in 2013; and Dolly Parton featured it in her record-breaking set a year later. Now Barry Gibb (above), who wrote the song, has made it the centrepiece of his performance at the festival’s coveted “legend slot”. It was one of a dozen or more classics from his, and the Bee Gees’, catalogue that made it impossible to stand still. There was a sense of euphoria as he ran through the likes of Tragedy, Jive Talkin’ and Night Fever, his falsetto never wavering in the bright afternoon sun. As has now become tradition in the legend slot, Glastonbury’s security team joined the performance, with a choreographed routine to Stayin’ Alive that brought a huge smile to Gibb’s face.
Gibb was followed onto the Pyramid stage by fellow disco legends Chic. If anything, they drew a larger crowd than Gibb. The hills were full to bursting with flag-waving fans as Nile Rodgers (above) served up a feast of funk. The set spanned his entire career as a producer and writer, with Chic’s Le Freak joined by Sister Sledge’s We Are Family and the Diana Ross classic Upside Down. Elsewhere on Sunday, the festival also saw sets from Royal Blood, Courteeners, Foo Fighters, The Jacksons, Radiohead and The Killers – who played a secret show on the John Peel stage on Sunday evening.
POSTED: 25/06/17 – Source: Mark Savage- BBC News Online
Saturday At Glastonbury
Foo Fighters have finally stepped onto Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage, two years after they were forced to pull out of the festival. Days before their headline performance in 2015, Dave Grohl fell off stage and broke his leg in Gothenburg, Sweden. “I’m about two years late tonight, I’m sorry,” said Grohl (below) on Saturday, blaming bad traffic for the delay. He then played a solo version of Times Like These, bringing in the band for an explosive climax.
The band continued their set with All My Life and Learn to Fly – an exhilarating one-two punch of riff-laden rock. They eventually overran by 20 minutes, finishing their set just after the Pyramid Stage’s midnight curfew with a firework-assisted Everlong. “I feel like this is the big one,” said Grohl. “I feel it’s the way it’s supposed to be.” “Thank you so much. It was a beautiful night.”
Earlier, Katy Perry (above) ended her debut performance at Glastonbury by diving head first into the audience. It was less crowd-surfing than crowd-swimming, as the singer pulled herself slowly over the heads of her fans. The stage dive came as the star performed Roar at the end of 60 colourful minutes of pure grade pop, including the hits Firework and ET. The star brought something that the Pyramid Stage never usually sees – choreography – as well as glitter cannons, silver-clad backing singers, and dancers dressed as giant eyeballs. In truth, most of the audience had come for the earlier hits – I Kissed A Girl, Teenage Dream, California Girls – which prompted mass sing-alongs from the younger elements of Glastonbury’s audience. The newer material was less enthusiastically received; although a spirited rendition of Chained To The Rhythm, which saw Perry trade impromptu dance moves with a security guard, proved to be a lot of fun.
Earlier in the day, a beaming Craig David (above) drew Glastonbury’s biggest crowd so far; cementing his improbable comeback from pop purgatory. Jumping between DJ turntables and the front of the stage, he tore through a set that combined his greatest hits and a raft of R&B classics, including No Scrubs and One Dance.
Elsewhere on Friday night, Solange played a mellow, subtly choreographed set on the West Holts stage and British grime star Stormzy gave a powerful performance to a packed-out audience at The Other Stage.
POSTED: 25/06/17 – Source: Mark Savage- BBC News Online
Jeremy Corbyn said he had been inspired by how many young people had got involved in politics as he addressed the crowd at the Glastonbury festival. “Do you know, politics is actually about everyday life?” he asked the Pyramid Stage audience who had, moments earlier, been dancing to Craig David.
The Labour leader called for “a world of human rights, peace, justice and democracy all over the planet”. The speech was watched by tens of thousands across the festival site. At the Pyramid Stage, supporters and activists surged to the front of the crowd holding placards, and a chorus of “Oh, Jeremy Corbyn” – sung to the tune of Seven Nation Army by former Glastonbury headliners The White Stripes. Mr Corbyn was not without his dissenters among the large crowd, with some boos heard during the speech and small pockets of the audience walking away towards the end.
POSTED: 24/06/17 – Source: Mark Savage- BBC News Online
Friday At Glastonbury
Absorbing, challenging and achingly beautiful – Radiohead (below) delivered a typically Radiohead sort of set for Glastonbury’s opening night. The Oxford quintet emerged, bathed in white light, to the haunting piano refrain of Daydreaming, from last year’s A Moon Shaped Pool album. Two hours and 25 songs later, they closed with Karma Police, singing: “For a minute there, I lost myself.” It felt like a perfect metaphor for the band’s power to transport an audience. The performance came on the 20th anniversary of Radiohead’s first headline set at Glastonbury.
Radiohead were preceded on the Pyramid Stage by indie-dance band The xx (below), whose spiralling, hypnotic songs soundtracked dusk on Worthy Farm. Immediately before them, rock group Royal Blood celebrated with champagne on stage as their second album, How Did We Get So Dark, entered the charts at number one. Speaking to the BBC, singer Mike Kerr said the band were bowled over by the two events converging.
Elsewhere on Friday, there were sets from Sleaford Mods, Clean Bandit (below), Dizzee Rascal, The Lemon Twigs and Flaming Lips.
On The Other Stage, pop star Lorde began her set “trapped” inside a clear plastic box that tilted back-and-forth above her band. Actor Bradley Cooper appeared on the Pyramid Stage to film a scene for his new movie, a remake of the musical A Star Is Born. He then introduced Kris Kristofferson, who was watched from the side of the stage by fellow Hollywood star Brad Pitt. Johnny Depp also joined the singer-songwriter, who was 81 yesterday, playing guitar on one of the songs. Depp caused controversy on Thursday, as he joked about assassinating Donald Trump during an appearance at Glastonbury. He has since apologised. Former footballer David Beckham also made his first visit to Glastonbury, to help organiser Michael Eavis launch a new social housing project.
POSTED: 23/06/17 – Source: Mark Savage- BBC News Online
Film star Bradley Cooper made a surprise appearance on Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage, as he shot a scene for his new film. The Hangover star is currently directing and starring in a remake of A Star Is Born, the Judy Garland-starring musical about an up-and-coming singer. He appeared at Glastonbury ahead of Kris Kristofferson’s set, holding a guitar and followed by cameras. Cooper and his co-star Lady Gaga shot similar scenes at Coachella in April. Before leaving the stage, Cooper thanked the audience: “You guys were awesome, that was great – it’s my sheer pleasure to introduce Kris Kristofferson.”
POSTED: 23/06/17 – Source: BBC News Online
Anti-Israel campaigners plan protest for Radiohead’s Glastonbury 2017 set. They plan to wave 100 Palestinian flags in front of the Pyramid Stage. Campaigners have planned a protest at Glastonbury 2017 tonight against Radiohead‘s plans to play a show in Israel. Radiohead are due to play a show in Tel Aviv during July. The band have faced calls to cancel the gig, with an open letter recently issued by Artists For Palestine UK – and signed by musicians including Roger Waters, Thurston Moore and Young Fathers – asking the group to “think again” about their decision amid an ongoing and widespread cultural boycott of the country. Now, protestors against Israel plan to wave 100 Palestinian flags in front of their Pyramid Stage tonight.
POSTED: 23/06/17 – Source: nme.com
Ahead of his headlining slot at Glastonbury 2017, Ed Sheeran’s backstage rider and demands have been leaked and the list is disappointing to say the least. While a leaked rider of Justin Bieber’s requested a jacuzzi, a Playstation, a sofa set, a washing machine and a massage table, Sheeran’s requests are closer to a mix of after-school refreshments. Ed Sheeran’s Glastonbury rider is as follows: a bottle of Robinsons Squash, a six-pack of Coca-Cola, a six-pack of Diet Coke, a six-pack of Fanta Orange, a six-pack of Sprite and a jar of Manuka Honey. The Daily Star report that this comes to a reasonable £57.31 , with the most expensive item being the Manuka Honey at £13.99.
POSTED: 21/06/17 – Source: nme.com
Jeremy Corbyn is set to appear at Glastonbury, it was revealed today. The Labour leader will take to the main stage at the festival where he will address crowds of festival goers. The Islington North MP will speak on Saturday afternoon from the Pyramid stage alongside Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis. Eavis, 81, told the Guardian Corbyn’s appearance was ‘bloody brilliant’: ‘We’re Corbyn fans, that’s the thing. He’s got something new and precious, and people are excited about it. He really is the hero of the hour. ‘This is the future of the country and young people are so into it. It’s bloody brilliant!’.
POSTED: 16/06/17 – Source: metro.co.uk
Music fans going to Glastonbury Festival have been warned by organisers that security checks will be stepped up in light of the terror attacks. The festival website is also advising people to arrive on Thursday or Friday when queues are expected to be shorter. “As a general rule, we would ask you to only bring as much as you can carry yourself,” it said ahead of the festival, where gates open on 21 June. Car park entertainment and facilities for early arrivals are also shelved. Normally, the organisers put on entertainment for people who arrive early, from 21:00 BST on Tuesday prior to the festival gates being opened on the Wednesday at 08:00 BST. Organisers have now warned that those who arrive before the gates open will “be expected to remain in their cars”. The website statement added: “For security reasons, all ticket holders will be subject to extra searches of their vehicles, their bags and their person at this year’s Festival. “This will make entrance slower than in previous years.” Organisers have also asked people to put luggage tags on all their bags, with their names and mobile numbers and to avoid wrapping their belongings in thick plastic wrap as they need to be removed for checks. Separate lanes are also being introduced for people with large luggage and trolleys. Some 175,000 will be attending the music event at Worthy Farm in Pilton, which runs until Sunday June 25.
POSTED: 06/06/17 – Source: BBC News Online
The world’s largest aircraft could make an appearance at Glastonbury, its manufacturer said. Airlander 10 (above) may conduct a flypast above the Somerset festival as part of a series of public outings. The part-plane, part-airship, which is the length of a football pitch, was moved out of its hangar at Cardington, Bedfordshire on Friday for the first time since it crashed in August last year. It will resume test flights in the coming days before setting off on a high-profile tour to boost public awareness of the aircraft. Around 20 to 30 flights are expected this summer.
POSTED: 11/04/17 – Source: lynnnews.co.uk
Ed Sheeran and Radiohead just found out who they’ll be sharing a campsite with in June – after Glastonbury revealed 88 of the acts playing this year’s event. Pop star Katy Perry will make her debut at the festival, following a clutch of politically-charged performances at this year’s Grammys and Brit Awards. Grime will feature prominently, with Stormzy, Kano and Wiley all playing. And Barry Gibb follows in the footsteps of Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers by taking Sunday evening’s “legend slot”. The Bee Gees star appeared at the festival last year, duetting with Chris Martin on Stayin’ Alive and To Love Somebody during Coldplay’s headline set. It will be the last Glastonbury until 2019, with the festival taking a fallow year to allow Worthy Farm’s cows (and Glastonbury’s villagers) some time off. Among the acts announced today are Lorde, The xx, Chic, Alt-J, The National, The Jacksons, Major Lazer, Solange, Royal Blood, Haim, Goldfrapp, Rag ‘N’ Bone Man, Clean Bandit, Toots and the Maytals and Dizzee Rascal
POSTED: 30/03/17 – Source: BBC News Online
Ed Sheeran is to headline the Pyramid Stage at this year’s Glastonbury Festival, topping the bill alongside Radiohead and Foo Fighters. The chart-dominating pop star will close the event on Sunday, 25 June, in his only festival appearance this year. On a short Instagram film, he described the news as “awesome”, ending speculation about 2017’s headliners. The full line-up will be announced at a later date. Tickets for the festival, in Somerset, have already sold out.
POSTED: 16/03/17 – Source: BBC News Online
Glastonbury Festival says a website which appears to show this year’s line-up is “definitely not accurate”. Clashfinder, which is publically edited, seemingly confirmed Ed Sheeran as a headliner as well as hundreds of other names for the festival. The site tells users “most of it [the listing] will be wild fantasy until the line-up is released”. Glastonbury has told Newsbeat: “The line-up posted on that fan site is definitely not accurate.” Organiser Emily Eavis tweeted: “Don’t believe everything you read, our line up has not been leaked. The actual line up will be with you soon! #fakenews”.
POSTED: 06/03/17 – Source: BBC Newsbeat
Both Green Day and Ed Sheeran were accidentally announced for this summer’s Glastonbury Festival at the weekend. Friday night (February 24) saw Foo Fighters confirmed for Glastonbury at a surprise intimate show in the nearby village of Frome, Somerset. However, following the confirmation, the BBC published a news story that also reported that Sheeran and Green Day had also been announced, later retracting the claims. The BBC have since issued a statement on the error that reads: “A previous version of this story mistakenly said Ed Sheeran and Green Day have also been confirmed. This is an error and was not based on any official sources.” It remains to be seen whether Green Day and Ed Sheeran will indeed play this year’s festival or not.
POSTED: 27/02/17 – Source: nme.com
Foo Fighters will be headlining Glastonbury Festival 2017, the band have announced. The American rock outfit will play the Pyramid stage on Saturday, 24 June, confirming rumours they would take the slot. The announcement was made by the group during a secret show for fans in Frome, Somerset, on Friday night – their first in 18 months. They join the line-up alongside Radiohead. The announcement was also viewed by fans on a live internet stream of the Frome gig, with a video that saw the band sitting on the festival site four months early. Festival organiser Michael Eavis introduced them on stage, confirming they were playing. Singer and guitarist Dave Grohl said: “So, who knew? How did you know? You just can’t keep a… secret any more.”
POSTED: 24/02/17 – Source: BBC News Online
It’s one of the biggest and most famous festivals in the world, and they are one of the best known bands in history – so Pink Floyd headlining Glastonbury should go hand in hand, right? Well, there are a few complicated bricks in the wall before such a gig can happen. As reported in NME, two of the remaining three members of the legendary rock band were speaking at a press conference on Wednesday (February 15) when they were questioned about the possibility of a Glastonbury performance. Rogers Waters is reported as saying to fellow band member Nick Mason: “The last I heard, David retired. You know David better than me.” They are of course referring to the other remaining member of the band, David Gilmour. They continued: “I heard he’d retired and then he seemed to unretire, so we don’t know.” And while Mason wasn’t sure a big festival headline show was “very likely” to happen, he “would do it given the opportunity”.
POSTED: 17/02/17 – Source: digitalspy.com
Wiley has confirmed that he will be playing Glastonbury 2017, and is feeling open-minded after previously saying ‘f**k them and their farm’. The grime icon was appearing at the VO5 NME Awards 2017, where he picked up the award for Outstanding Contribution To Music, as well as delivering a blistering performance of ‘Speakerbox’ and ‘Can’t Go Wrong‘. After appearing to self-confirm himself for Glasto on Twitter last month – and now he’s confirmed it’s definitely true and he ‘can’t wait’ to play. When asked about his previous attack against the festival in 2013, Wiley told NME: “I was young, I was naive, and also no one told me what really happens when you go to a festival. No one enlightened me or told me the origins or the meaning. Now I know and now I can go there with an open mind.”
POSTED: 17/02/17 – Source: nme.com
A new festival from the organisers of the Glastonbury Festival will be called Variety Bazaar. Glastonbury Festival founder Michael Eavis said they had registered the new event’s name, which will be The Glastonbury Festival team present the Variety Bazaar. The organisers say it will be separate from Glastonbury and will be at a different location. There was no indication from Mr Eavis if this affects Glastonbury’s future. However, fellow organiser Emily Eavis tried to clarify the situation by tweeting: “We’re still planning an event in the future at a different location – which we are calling Variety Bazaar. But Glastonbury Festival will always be called Glastonbury and will remain at Worthy Farm.” Mr Eavis revealed the name to Paul Cannon of Glastonbury FM and admitted he was taking “a huge risk”. “I’ve been a risk taker all my life. I mean 47 years of taking risks really and so far touch wood, I haven’t come unstuck so far. This might be one risk too far, I don’t know,” he said. There has been speculation about the future of the festival for some time. Glastonbury will not take place in 2018 to give the Worthy Farm land a chance to recover but Mr Eavis had said he was keen to fill that year with “something special” because at his age of 81 he did not want to miss out on any festivals.
POSTED: 17/01/17 – Source: BBC News Online
The 2019 Glastonbury Festival could be held at a site 100 miles away from Worthy Farm, “towards the Midlands” to help protect the main site. Festival founder Michael Eavis said the new site would be used every five years to help the land at his farm recover. “I’m arranging to move the show [but] it would be a huge loss to Somerset if it went there forever,” he said. A previous plan to move to Longleat had been considered but owners of the Wiltshire attraction turned it down. “We’ve got a wonderful product what we do and we can do it almost anywhere,” Mr Eavis said. “I love my own farm… I might have to move it eventually. “Most people are on side now and it’s a wonderful, wonderful boost for the whole of Somerset and beyond as well. “I don’t want to lose it for ever, no way.” The Glastonbury Festival started in 1970 when Mr Eavis organised a gig in his field to pay off his bank overdraft.
POSTED: 19/12/16 – Source: BBC News Online
Seventies pop group The Kinks are making a comeback and may play Glastonbury, it emerged last night. Kinks frontman Ray Davies, 72, revealed plans to perform with brother Dave, 69, after reaching a truce following one of the longest feuds in rock ’n’ roll history. Ray told a newspaper: “Dave and I will definitely work together again. And we want to play live.” He said the pair intend to tour, adding: “Maybe The Kinks could play Glastonbury?” The band, which also included Mick Avory and Pete Quaife, enjoyed huge success in the 1960s and ’70s with hits such as Waterloo Sunset and Lola.
POSTED: 04/11/16 – Source: mirror.co.uk
Rock group Radiohead will headline Glastonbury next year, in their first UK festival appearance in six years. Rumours that the band would return to Worthy Farm began to circulate on Wednesday, when the band’s logo appeared near the Pyramid stage. Eagle-eyed fans saw two men painting the “angry bear” symbol onto the grass via the BBC’s Glastonbury webcam. The festival confirmed the news on Thursday afternoon, posting a photo of the logo on its official Twitter page. “YES! Radiohead will be back at Worthy Farm and we really can’t wait,” wrote organiser Emily Eavis on Instagram. The band will play the opening night of the festival on 23 June, 2017 – marking their first UK festival appearance since 2011, when they played a “secret set” on Glastonbury’s small, outlying Park Stage.
POSTED: 20/10/16 – Source: BBC News Online
The website selling Glastonbury Festival tickets crashed before they were due to go on sale on Sunday. Fans using SeeTickets had a message saying the site was unavailable. The Glastonbury Festival website was also down although both sites started working shortly after 9am. Tickets still sold out within an hour. This year there were no sales made over the phone, with all fans who’d already registered directed to glastonbury.seetickets.com. Festival organiser Emily Eavis, daughter of founder Michael Eavis, tweeted: “Tickets have now sold out. Thank you for your huge support and loyalty and we are sorry to those who missed out.” A £10 price increase on last year meant people paid £238 plus a £5 booking fee, although fans aren’t being asked to pay the full balance until early next year. Fans were able to buy six tickets per person online. But some festival-goers weren’t happy with the website crashes. On Thursday coach packages sold out in 23 minutes with a number of fans experiencing website difficulties. Last year 120,000 passes were bought in just over half an hour.
POSTED: 09/10/16 – Source: BBC Newsbeat
Glastonbury organisers have said they will not hold an event at another site during its “fallow” year in 2018. There had been speculation the festival could be held elsewhere following remarks made earlier this year by founder Michael Eavis. Eavis previously said he “didn’t really want to have a year without a festival”, and claimed the event could be held somewhere else in 2017 or 2018. In a statement on the Glastonbury Festival website, the organisers said: “We will be taking our next fallow year in 2018, in order to give the farm, the village and the festival team the traditional year off. “There are no plans to hold an event at another location in 2018.”
POSTED: 12/09/16 – Source: BBC News Online