There’s really no arguing the epicness and awesomeness that is the Glastonbury Music Festival. In 2009, for example, some 137,500 purchased tickets to the UK festival just days after they went on sale, selling the whole thing out months before the lineup was even announced. In return, Glastonbury rewarded attendees with a lineup that included the likes of Springsteen, Young, Blur, The Prodigy, Gaga, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Lily Allen, Spinal Tap, Nick Cave, Madness, and 700 others, all who spanned over 80 stages during the four-day extravaganza.
This year, which marks Glastonbury’s 40th anniversary, looks to be equally epic. We already know names like U2, Muse, Stevie Wonder, Jack Johnson, and Vampire Weekend will be playing for sure. Basically everyone else, including The Chemical Brothers, Oribtal, Phoenix, Ray Davies, Massive Attack, Fatboy Slim, Faithless, and The National are also expected to take part. And to think, there’s still another 600+ names we have absolutely no idea about…
Though the full lineup announcement is still forthcoming, today, Glastonbury offered a better glimpse of who will be taking part in this year’s festivities after revealing the lineup for the new West Holts Stage. The groove-heavy stage replaces the Jazzworld stage and will sport acts including Mos Def, Devendra Banhart, Fela Kuti, George Clinton and the Parliament Funkadelic, Os Mutantes, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, tUnE-YaRdS, Brother Ali, Jerry Dammers Spatial AKA Orchestra, The Phenomenal Handclap Band, Mariachi El Bronx, Toots and the Maytals, and Tunng. That’s better than entire lineups of some music festivals!
“We’re going back to the real roots of Worthy Farm and its history with the name change for the stage” explained Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis in an issued statement. “West Holts was a ‘halt’ originally; one of the two places where we had to open the level crossing gates across the old railway line to get the cattle through for milking. It was a fair walk up to the farm, just as it is now, and those cows took some driving!”
Glastonbury 2010 takes place from June 24-27 at Worthy Farm in Pilton, England. Again, the full lineup for Glastonbury 2010 won’t be revealed for a few more weeks, but you can keep track of all the latest confirmations, expectations, and rumors here. Tickets for the festival are of course already soldout. However, further release of a limited number of canceled tickets will go on sale at 9am on Sunday, April 11th, although in order to purchase you must have registered beforehand.