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Glasto 2007

BBC Glastonbury Festival Webcam up

Checkout the latest that is going on at Worthy Farm. The BBC have got a webcam scanning the Pyramid stage location.
Watch it take shape over the next weeks! glastonbury webcam

Glasto Big Kiss

This year the festival plans an attempt to break the record for the world's biggest kiss! The giant snog will take place when Madness take to the main Lost Vagueness stage at 1.30am early Sunday morning - June 24th. The current record is 6,400 kissing couples, but Glasto has the potential to make 30,000 puckering pairs!

Licence Application

Mendip District Council has awarded Michael Eavis a four-year licence for the festival and agreed to 27,500 extra places, meaning more than 177,000 tickets this year - 137,000 tickets to the event and just under 40,000 traders, staff and volunteers.

Green Loo Roll

As part of the festival's green policy this year everyone who comes to Glasto will get a free roll of 100% recycled toilet paper. just don't forget to pack the peg for your nose!

Monkeys under canvas

The Arctic Monkeys plan to stay at the festival in a traditional Cherokee tent, rather than opt for a luxury hotel - much more fun!

New Glastonbury field at festival

A new field - a 5-acre plot called Park Farm, with two new stages and two new tents is planned for this year's extended festival site.There will be a second John Peel Tent and another Acoustic Tent, a silent disco and silent cinema.

No Glasto roughing it!

For £6,000 (plus VAT) you can go to the front of the queue and stay in the luxury Camp Kerala, a village of 75 Rajahstani shikar tents set up alongside the main festival site. Relax under duck-down duvets and order food from top chefs, while the rest of us queue up for our noodles, toilets and beer!

Throw away tents

The festival organisers are considering using eco-friendly tents this year; they are made of cardboard and can be re-cycled after the crowds have gone home. Known as Myhabs the re-usable tents have a water-proof coating inside and outside, and are supported by a rigid plastic frame. There will also be a lockable compartment for keeping valuables and solar-powered light. The cardboard should be able to withstand five days of rain - a good thing considering some of the past wet and muddy festival conditions!

Glastonbury Festival 2005

Glastonbury festival 2005 - been and gone!
Another brilliant festival - even the torrents of rain didn't stop the fun.
glastonbury mud It could only happen with the British climate - there we were all basking in the glorious heat, clad in bikinis and shorts happily putting up our tents - we'd all planned ahead and brought suncream - as we settled down to what promised to be the best summer festival ever......cut to Friday and we'd have all sold our souls for a pair of wellies! The arrivees on Friday didn't get the chance to get dirtier as the weekend went on - they arrived lagged!

However, the magic of Glastonbury worked its spell and most of us kept smiling despite the sinking, sticky mud at its worst round the stages and market place.
The people were as ever - chilled, happy and out to enjoy life that weekend whatever.....as ever there was great music and good company..

Glasto 2005 - Coldplay, Killers and the White Stripes headline

Coldplay last appeared in 2002 and were amazing, but in 2005 they pulled out all the stops and performed a fantastic 90 minute set - Chris Martin seems such a nice bloke and really knows how to connect with the Glasto crowd - makes you just long to share a cup of chamomile tea with him...Loved his quip, " Crazy frog where are you now?" !! The first record of their encore was the absent Kylie's ’Can’t Get You Out Of My Head’, which seemed a nice touch.
Michael Eavis has offered Kylie a headline spot at the 2007 festival.

Las Vegas group the Killers surpassed all my expectations and stormed Pyramid stage and had the crowd singing themselves hoarse with such rousing numbers as, ’Mr Brightside’, ’Somebody Told Me’ and ’All These Things That I’ve Done’. They have truly arrived as a headline band this year - they set the festival alight last year in the New Bands Tent. Can't stop playing their cd since I've been back home.

The White Stripes played a great set with a mix of their old hits and new material - where was Kate Moss when they played ’I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself’?!!

* * * My festival favourites - Kaiser Chiefs - lead singer Ricky Wilson gave such a fantastic, energetic set - the audience was totally wowed with the recent hits, ’I Predict A Riot’, ’Oh My God’ and ’Everyday I Love You Less and Less’. Ricky threw himself into his performance...and the crowd! along with a giant inflatable dinosaur - I wanted it to go on and on...Ricky stayed around for the rest of the festival loving the unique Glasto atmosphere.

Other highlights - where do you start? It was great to hear Garbage's Shirley Manson back again - her powerful vocals reaching the corners of the festival site. The sun shone on old Beachboy Brian Wilson on Sunday - the voice was frailer but the spirit of his music lived again - surfing the crowd became a reality for one girl as she stood on a malibu board held high.

Pyramid Stage

Pyramid Stage Glastonbury

Coldplay
The Killers
New Order
White Stripes
Kaiser Chiefs
Doves
Garbage
Keane
Elvis Costello
Brian Wilson
Van Morrison
The Zutons
The Coral
Ash
Goldie Lookin' Chain
Jools Holland
The Thrills
John Butler Trio
The Undertones
The Subways
Taj Mahal
Hayseed Dixies
Town Band
Adjagas
Bellydance Superstars and the Desert Roses

Other Stage

other stage glastonbury

Razorlight
Kasabian
The Bravery
The Futureheads
Athlete
Ian Brown
Fatboy Slim
Royksopp
Bloc Party
Interpol
Rufus Wainwright
Echo And The Bunnymen
The Dears
Cooper Temple Clause
Hot Hot Heat
Soulwax
Cake
Thirteen Senses
Brendan Benson
Martha Wainwright
Tom Vek
BlackBud
Dead 60's
KT Tunstall
Modey Lemon
Engineers
The Deadbeats
The La's
Babyshambles
Red hand Band

Acoustic Stage

Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel
The Beautiful South
Tori Amos
Paul Brady
Paddy Casey
Steve Earle
Henry McCullough
Jerry Fish & The Mudbug Club
Battlefield Band
London Community Gospel Choir
Declan O’Rourke
Glenn Tilbrook
The Ukulele Orchestra Of Great Britain
Allison Moorer
Chas ‘n’ Dave
Patty Griffin
Mike Whellans:The One Man Blues Band
London Lasses
David Kitt
Ralfe Band
Rodrigo y Gabriela
Clayhill
The Deadbeats
Amos Lee
Tiny Tin Lady
Martha Wainwright
I Am Kloot
The Backbeat Beatles
Whalebone Polly
Dave Edmunds

Glastonbury festival tickets 2005

112,000 tickets went on sale on Sunday April 3rd and were sold out in just over 3 hours. Michael Eavis had more than twice the number of operators this year selling tickets online and by telephone, which worked much better than last year's fiasco. The reality is that there are not enough tickets to go round - too many of us want to go to the best festival of the year!
Ticket holders now require photo ID. The tickets are sold with identity cards which have a photograph of the carrier and include their name and address. No other sites or agencies are allocated tickets, they are only available from the official site.

Noise police

Apparently, to keep the locals happy 'noise stewards' will be employed for this year's festival. They will monitor noise levels in the village, so swift action can be taken to quieten things down if needed back at the site. The Glade Stage is being moved to the new dance area as part of the noise reduction plans. Also the dance tent will be given special 'silent disco' headsets, so the fun can continue into the night...quietly!

Charity

As well as raising funds for Oxfam, Greenpeace, Water Aid, Make Trade Fair, and Forest Futures there are plans this year to donate money to victims of the Asian tsunami.

The New Stage was re-named the John Peel Stage, in memory of the Radio One DJ. He was the voice of Glastonbury for many listeners and viewers of the BBC's festival coverage, and will be greatly missed.
Peel's favourites, The Undertones, played a tribute to him. Winners of the Glastonbury Unsigned Performers Competition, The Mad Staring Eyes played a brilliant set. Every fifth year since 1987 has been taken off. After discovering a spring on the farm there are plans to build a reservoir, which will provide water for his huge influx of visitors.
Eavis commented:" We don't do it because we have to do it and its not tied to commercial interests."



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