Preview: Glastonbury 2009

By on Friday, 5th June 2009 at 2:00 pm

Bloc Party (new promo pic)Over the years, the magical Glastonbury Festival has gained itself an incredible cult-like status. Annually, hoards of campers descend onto the flowing farms of Pilton, Somerset, triumphantly braving the dreaded Glasto mud and rain in order to experience perhaps the greatest performing arts festival around. However, while this 2009’s line up has received criticism from some for being a little too ‘old-school’, others have hailed the array of vintage as pure genius. So why not read on to see what you think of this year’s acts..

First up, lets talk headliners. Neil Young (Friday), Bruce Springsteen (Saturday) and recent reunionists, Blur (Sunday) are the top three acts to be taking aboard the famous ‘Pyramid Stage’ this year. Joining Neil on Friday include The Specials, Lily Allen, Fleet Foxes, Gabriella Cilmi and Bjorn Again. Meanwhile, taking to the stage Saturday along with Springsteen include Kasabian, Dizzee Rascal, Eagles of Death Metal, VV Brown and Spinal Tap. Blur in the meantime are joined by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Madness, Status Quo and Tom Jones on Sunday – the final day of the festival.

However, it’s not all about the Pyramid this year. Be sure to head over to the nicely-titled ‘Other Stage’. On Friday you will be able to catch headliners, Bloc Party (pictured top right) along with The Ting Tings, Friendly Fires, White Lies and The View. Saturday offers up Franz Ferdinand, Pendulum, Maximo Park, Paolo Nutini, and Pete Doherty. Sunday, meanwhile boasts of The Prodigy, Glasvegas, Bat for Lashes, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and The Boxer Rebellion… to name but a few.

Check out the ‘John Peel Stage’ too – for this area continues to explode with awesome artists. On Friday, Doves, Jamie T, Jack Penate and Little Boots are just a selection of artists to be hitting Glasto. Saturday meanwhile serves up an array of TGTF-favs including Jarvis Cocker, White Lies, Florence and the Machine, Passion Pit, Esser and Hockey. Echo and the Bunneymen, The Wombats, Noisettes, Ladyhawke and Twisted Wheel, meanwhile, shall be making a visit to the festival on Sunday.

Along with all the mainstream talent, Glastonbury also offers up a diverse array of alternative musical and entertainment acts. Further places of interest across the massive festival site include ‘Jazz/World Stage’, ‘Acoustic Stage’, ‘The Park Stage’, ‘Queen’s Head Stage’, ‘East Dance’, ‘West Dance’, ‘Dance Lounge’, ‘G Stage’, ‘Pussy Parlure’, ‘Silent Disco’, ‘Avalon Stage’, ‘The Glade’ and finally ‘Club Dada’ (and breath!). Here you can catch a humongous amount of dance acts, star-studded DJ sets, and underground artists to fill up your festival-fun time (that’s should you find any that needs filling).

However, Glastonbury isn’t all about the music. The festival also brims with theatrical and circus acts, a 3-D Cinema, children entertainers and craft making. Basically, the Glasto package has it all. Perhaps it’s unsurprising then, that it is still considered today to be the biggest and the best festival in the world…. and to make this all the more exciting – it’s just three weeks away!

Glastonbury Festival takes place from Friday 26th to Sunday 28th June (this is not including smaller events earlier in the week). Catch coverage of the event across the BBC all weekend. Head over to the festival’s website now, to learn more

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