Glastonbury 2016 Is Coming
Back in 1970, the day after legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix died, the first edition of England’s most prestigious festival began in Somerset. Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis had been inspired to create his own festival by the Blues Festival at the Bath & West Showground. It was attended by 1,500 people and cost just one pound for a ticket.
Fast forward 46 years and 33 festivals later, and Glastonbury is the most talked-about and desirable festival in the British Isles, if not the world. 135,000 people trekked south-west last year to see the likes of The Who, Kanye West and Florence & the Machine amongst many, many others. And, now Glastonbury is fast approaching once again. The festival is taking place from 22nd to 26th June, and sold out in record time in October last year. Worthy Farm in Somerset will play host to 135,000 festival-goers once more, with rock band Muse, pop legends Coldplay and for the first time Adele all set to headline.
If you’re lucky enough to have a ticket to arguably the world’s best festival this year, then make sure you don’t give it up! The payment balance window for tickets is now open. If you’re hoping to try and grab one in this year’s ticket resale, you’ll have to wait a little longer. Expect the resale to be announced any day now; usually falling on a Sunday in the middle of April.
Glastonbury is known for its diversity, creativity and free-thinking spirit, and always guarantees something for every musical taste, every age and every gender on the planet. A vast array of rock and indie bands are always on offer, as well as pop, rap, hip-hop, electronic and dance music. Everyday is blessed with a mixture of old hands and new kids on the block.
With the first phase of the lineup now announced, 2016 ticket holders will be treated with top performances from bands like indie 5-piece Foals, legendary electronic group New Order, The Last Shadow Puppets, Grimes and pop trio Years & Years, as well as numerous dance acts and DJs like brothers Disclsoure, tech/house legend Carl Cox and old school DJ Fatboy Slim.
More for the Glastonbury rumours front; it has been sensationally leaked that Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke will be playing at this year’s Glastonbury festival under the less-known moniker of Less Information Everyone (or as it’s on the line-up L.I.E). This is fuelling speculation that Radiohead will be making a surprise/secret appearance at the festival.
Tickets for Glastonbury have now sold out, but the BBC will be providing those unlucky enough not to get tickets with live streams of six stages, over 50 hours of TV and BBC Red Button coverage. Broadcasts from Radio 1, 1Xtra, Radio 2 and BBC 6 Music and highlights of over 90 artists will be available on iPlayer. Don’t forget, though, the final chance to get tickets is in the resale, to be announced soon.
Glastonbury will take place between Wednesday 22nd and Sunday 26th June in Pilton, Somerset. For more information about the festival and to view the whole lineup, visit Glastonbury’s website www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk.