The countdown has begun – only 47 days until you are free to get your satisfaction and paint the scenic village of Pilton not black, but red while indulging in an unforgettable live performance from the legendary band The Rolling Stones. The veteran rock legends are all ready to play at Glastonbury for the first time.
Considered one of the Meccas of British summer festivals, the Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts will take place this year between Wednesday 26 June and Sunday 30 June 2013 again at Michael Eavis’s Worthy Farm located between Pilton and Pylle, six miles east of Glastonbury, in the Mendip district of Somerset, England.
As announced on 27 March 2013, the headlining rock bands which will take by storm the main music stage known as the Pyramid Stage (an intrinsic part of modern British folklore today) include the Rolling Stones (on 29 June), Arctic Monkeys (on 28 June), Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Primal Scream and Mumford & Sons (on 30 June). The rest of the Glastonbury 2013 line-up for the Pyramid stage includes Rita Ora, Elvis Costello & The Imposters, Dizzee Rascal, Kenny Rogers, Professor Green, the Vaccines and Vampire Weekend.
The headlining artists of the Other Stage include The Smashing Pumpkins, Portishead, The Hives and Alabama Shakes. Sinead O Connor and Steve Winwood will perform live on the Acoustic Stage, while Beverley Knight, Ben Caplan and Crowns will headline the Avalon Stage. Bobby Womack s only UK festival appearance in 2013 is the Sunday (June 30th) night performance on the West Holts Stage. Nevertheless, more acts as well as attractions are yet to be announced across over 100 stages (including West Holts Stage, The Park Stage, John Peel Stage, Spirit of 71 and Block9) of this British festival extravaganza!
Since the very first Glastonbury festival which took place in 1970 ( when the rock band T.Rex performed live in front of 1,500 people) on the organic farm owned by Michael Eavis, this complete festival, originally influenced by the free festival movement has become increasingly popular over the years. Today, it is one of the most famous British summer festivals and although it is more famous for its music, it also features comedy, theatre, dance, cabaret, circus and other performing arts. The Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts was founded by Michael Eavis, a British dairy farmer who was also awarded Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II.
The popularity of the Glastonbury festival is given by incredible live entertainment provided by some of the most renowned artists in the music industry and high-performance sound systems, coupled with a holistic view on the quality of life, given the fact that this festival lends its support to worthy causes including Greenpeace, WaterAid and Oxfam. The honourable mission of the Glastonbury summer festival is working together for a greener, fairer and cleaner world and thanks to the outstanding support from music and performing arts enthusiasts who attend this festival regularly, millions of pounds have been raised so far for good/worthy causes.
This British festival aims not only at entertaining audiences with exceptional live performances from best-selling, talented and popular artists in music and other performing arts, but also at raising awareness on our food, water and conservation of our environment for a better life. Based on this holistic approach which focuses on the real essentials of life, the commitment of the organisers continues this year with their charity partners by providing clean water, healthy food and unpolluted ecosystems for the best outdoor experience. The festival s contribution to the local economy is also important, because part of the profits support local projects such as the restoration of the 14th century monument the Tithe Barn in Pilton.
Unless you are a resident of the quiet and peaceful village of Pilton, Somerset ( and you can benefit from a free ticket), you need to get your hands on a ticket if you want to indulge in this year s Glastonbury festival extravaganza for four full days of pure, high-quality live entertainment surrounded by breathtaking scenery. Although in 2012 ( “a fallow year” according to Eavis), the festival was not held, ticket booking for the 2013 Glastonbury festival opened ever since October 2012, when 135,000 tickets sold in less than one hour. At this moment, all the tickets are sold out and, as of 21 April, resale tickets are also sold out.
Past Glastonbury festival line-ups included David Bowie and Peter Gabriel in the 1970s; New Order, UB40, Van Morrison, Joe Cocker, Elvis Costello, Curtis Mayfield, The Smiths and The Cure in the 1980s; Sinead O Connor, Lenny Kravitz, Pulp, Radiohead, Oasis, Blur, The Prodigy, R.E.M. and Manic Street Preachers in the 1990s; Paul McCartney, Muse, Gorillaz, Moby, Coldplay, Travis, The Who, The Killers, Kings of Leon, Neil Young, Lady Gaga, Amy Winehouse and Jay-Z in the 2000s. The line-up of Glastonbury festival 2010 featured Stevie Wonder, Gorillaz, Shakira, Muse and Radiohead, while Glastonbury 2011 was headlined by U2, B.B.King, Coldplay, Paul Simon and Beyonce.
Feel free to roll with The Stones on Saturday 29 June 2013 at one of the most popular British summer festivals – Glastonbury festival 2013!