Festival Guide 2010: Glastonbury

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Largely regarded as The Don of all festivals, Glastonbury celebrates its 40th anniversary this year with a usual collection of diverse and world-famous music and events. The first festival in 1970, started as ‘a couple of fields with 1500 naked hippies’ according to organiser Michael Eavis.

Now, attracting over 185,000 people, Glastonbury has developed into the most famous and respected festival on the British calendar. Headlining the iconic Pyramid Stage this year are U2, Muse and Stevie Wonder. U2 are being drawn into their first festival appearance in over 25 years, in tribute to Glasto’s landmark birthday.

Featuring over 15 stages of music and “contemporary performing arts”, Glastonbury presents an opportunity for something that is more than just your standard festival. Expect to find in the acres of fields, stages dedicated to circus performing, theatre and the famous ‘Shangri-La’.

350 performers are booked to play over the weekend, meaning there’s something for everyone. The festival plays host to other acts such as The Flaming Lips, Hot Chip, Lightening Seeds, Slash, Groove Armada… literally too many to mention. As with every festival, there’s always rumours of secret acts and performances throughout the weekend.

Expect this with Glastonbury more than any other this year. Numerous bands and artists from Glastonbury’s 40-year history are guaranteed to play the odd acoustic set or surprise collaboration during the course of the festival.

Glastonbury runs from the Wednesday the 23rd of June, to Sunday the 27th. Full details of the line-up can be found on Glastonbury website.

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