Since it’s inception as the Pilton Pop, Blues & Folk Festival in 1970, attended by 1500 people and headlined by Tyrannosaurus Rex, Glastonbury has grown from a hop-the-fence hippy haven to be the mothership of all festivals.
Celebrating it’s 40th anniversary The Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts, or Glasto, has pulled out all the stops. Headliners this year are Muse, Stevie Wonder and Gorillaz, who are stepping in for U2 and making it Damon Albarn’s second headline slot in 2 years. The line-up also boasts performances from Lissie, La Roux, The National, Grizzly Bear, Ellie Goulding, The Drums, LCD Soundsystem, Villagers, Hot Chip, Dizzee Rascal, Slash, The XX, Shakira … and almost anyone else you can think of in-between.
This year the festival sold out in just 24 hours and there’ll be well over 170, 000 in attendance. It has been years since we got a dry Glasto but the forecast is looking good for 2010.
With 45 official stages and hundreds of acts it would take Rainman to make sense of the line-up so here’s a handy clashfinder for some of the larger ones.
Liz Pelly‘s choices for the weekend.