The Glastonbury Festival is offering more and more of its programming to the public with less than 50 days to go.
It will be the first time Worthy Farm has opened its doors to festival-goers since 2019 after the pandemic left organizers with no choice but to cancel two years in a row, including their 50th anniversary celebration last year. .
Headliners for the Pyramid Stage have already been announced by the Eavis family, with Billie Eilish, Kendrick Lamar and Sir Paul McCartney headlining this year. Other stages such as Fields of Avalon, Arcadia and Silver Hayes have also released their line-ups although many areas are yet to be revealed.
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Glastonbury is known for its radical roots and this year the politically charged Left Field scene has assembled a roster of speakers and performers united around different causes. Previous notable appearances have included Tony Benn, Jeremy Corbyn and Russian feminist group Pussy Riot.
The stage will celebrate 20 years of politics and pop marking more than two decades since its inception to fight against political apathy, promote left-wing politics and unionism.
“So much has happened in the three years since we last met in the left field marquee,” Billy Bragg told the festival’s website. Left Field is often led by the leftist singer-songwriter who returns this year for his usual Big Round-Up speech.
Indeed, there has been a lot of political unrest since the farm hosted the 2019 edition of the festival. The climate crisis is worsening, the outcome of the first war in Europe since the Second World War and the crisis of the cost of living depended on it.
Writer and culinary activist Jack Monroe – who recently spoke about how the cost of living crisis could be fatal for some children – will speak on Sunday June 26.
Other notable speakers include Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham, who will be part of a panel discussion debating ‘State of the Nation: Politics in Crisis’. Other topics covered over the weekend include “Solidarity with Ukraine,” “Neurodiversity: The Fight for Human Rights,” and “Black Lives Matter and Beyond.”
It’s not just Left Field debating – there’s music too, including a number of artists spanning different genres. Billy Bragg will be joined by Asylums, Billy Nomates, The Magic Numbers, Yola, Brooke Combe and Yard Act from Friday to Sunday of the festival.
The Glastonbury Festival also made another announcement on Wednesday May 4 under the theme “We The People” emphasizing community, collaboration and hope for the next generation. Bonobo, Fatboy Slim, Craig Charles, Kae Tempest and Shy Fx are among the notable faces set to step onto the Heaven and Hell stage.
Glastonbury Festival welcomes festival goers again to Worthy Farm, Pilton from Wednesday 22nd June to Sunday 27th June.