Man jailed for attempting to set up pop-up drug shop at Glastonbury 2019

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Man jailed for attempting to set up pop-up drug shop at Glastonbury 2019Glastonbury Photo Credit John Hines

Authorities jailed a man after security caught him with a stockpile of Class A and B drugs at last month’s Glastonbury festival. Glastonbury 2019 took place June 26 – 30 at Worthy Farm for another year of numerous highlights including a historic headlining performance by Stormzy, various Keith Flint tributes, and more. 2020 will mark Glastonbury’s 50th milestone anniversary.

Bristol Crown Court heard the man—Shaun Davies—and his case on July 24. Davies, 24, from Liverpool, pleaded guilty to possession of drugs with intent to supply on June 27. Davies was found carrying eight bags of cocaine, seven bags of MDMA, 33 LSD tablets, 0.19g of DMT, 36 bags of cannabis, and 18.2g of cocaine. His pop-up shop also consisted of digital scales, snaps bags, and two mobile phones. Davies had also been handed a suspended 10-month jail term for the same offense in Liverpool 22 days prior.

Judge William Hart jailed Davies for 42 months, including the now re-activated 10-month jail term. Judge Hart commented, “There is always a grave danger, selling drugs at festivals, that young people who attend will be cajoled or tempted into their first experience of drugs, and so there’s that ready market of vulnerable young people.”

Davies’ defendant Mark Linehan said Davies had been in a “vulnerable state” and coerced into selling drugs at Glastonbury as a result of a £5,000 drug debt.

H/T: NME

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Gambling odds are trickling in for Glastonbury’s 2020 headliners

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Gambling odds are trickling in for Glastonbury’s 2020 headlinersGlastonbury Photo Credit John Hines

2020 marks Glastonbury’s 50th anniversary. With such a rare milestone forthcoming, the prolific festival is naturally expected to have some larger-than-life artists on its anniversary roster. Fervor surrounding the lineup has even led to gambling over potential appearances, and thanks to Sky Bets, the odds are now available for all to see.

Fleetwood Mac, Elton John, Paul McCartney, and Madonna are a few legends rumored to headline the Pyramid and the Other stages, with odds of 6/4, 3/1, and 4/1 respectively. Meanwhile, projections for The Chemical Brothers coming back for a second headlining year in a row and the return of Daft Punk are low, with a 10/1 chance of them making the 2020 bill.

Glastonbury 2020 Odds:

Elton John – 6/4
Fleetwood Mac – 6/4
Coldplay – 5/2
Paul McCartney – 3/1
The 1975 – 3/1
Foals – 10/3
Arctic Monkeys – 7/2
Blur – 7/2
The Kinks – 7/2
Madonna – 4/1
Ariana Grande – 9/2
The Smiths – 9/2
Kendrick Lamar – 7/1
Oasis – 7/1
George Ezra – 8/1
Led Zeppelin – 8/1
Beyonce – 10/1
Chemical Brothers – 10/1
Daft Punk – 10/1
Taylor Swift – 10/1
Other acts available at 11/1 +

H/T: Mixmag

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The Chemical Brothers share emotional tribute to Keith Flint at Glastonbury

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The Chemical Brothers share emotional tribute to Keith Flint at GlastonburyThe Chemical Brothers Headlining Antibes Festival Credit Giles Smith

Glastonbury’s triumphant 2019 edition brought a number of highlights, including Stormzy‘s history-making performance, styled to the nines with a custom vest designed by Banksy. Though, the landmark UK festival went on this year with palpable sadness in the air with The Prodigy‘s absence following the death of frontman Keith Flint. The legendary British dance group were scheduled for their fourth Glastonbury performance since 1995 prior to Flint’s passing. Instead, another venerated UK electronic outfit dedicated a moment of their highly anticipated Saturday night performance to the late Flint.

The Chemical Brothers, playing their 12th performance at Worthy Farm, closed their performance with hallmark hit “Block Rockin’ Beats,” behind them Flint’s iconic, toothy smile stamped on the LEDs, captioned, “In memory of Keith Flint 1969-2019.”

Following Flint’s shocking death, The Chemical Brothers spoke to NME about the beloved rave factotum, saying, “The Prodigy were always kind and supportive. They’d managed to make their band encapsulate that feeling that connected us to dance music; escape and abandonment. Keith embodied this spirit. What he represented was so indestructible and he was just this complete life force, but on the inside he was really hurting.”

H/T: DJ Mag

Glastonbury announces plans for a Keith Flint tribute performance

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Glastonbury announces plans for a Keith Flint tribute performanceKeith Flint The Prodigy Credit Andrew Milligan

After Keith Flint‘s passing in March, The Prodigy announced that they would be cancelling all upcoming performances. However, their presence will not be completely missing from the festivalsphere this year, as Glastonbury has just announced plans for a ‘Keith Flint Appreciation Hour’ set.

Led by Prodigy guitarist Gizz Butt, who noted that “it’ll be a tribute to Keith, the family, the band and all the loyal fans. But also, it goes out to anyone who may be suffering the same feelings that Keith had – that led to his untimely death.” Featuring a first listen to an unreleased Prodigy remix from 1996, the set will stand as a major step in the grievance of Keith Flint and mental health awareness in the electronic music community.

Photo Credit: Andrew Milligan

Stormzy, Miley Cyrus, The Chemical Brothers, and Tame Impala top Glastonbury’s 2019 lineup

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Stormzy, Miley Cyrus, The Chemical Brothers, and Tame Impala top Glastonbury’s 2019 lineupMiley Cyrus

Glastonbury has dropped their highly anticipated 2019 lineup in full after months of tantalizing individual announcements. The first headliner announced for this year, revealed back in November 2018, Stormzy, will make history this summer as the first UK rapper to ever headline the festival. Now, the grime emcee is joined by The Killers, The Cure, Janet Jackson, Tame Impala, and Miley Cyrus atop the legendary British festival’s 2019 lineup.

Glastonbury, running June 26 – 30, has curated a stellar lineup for this year’s iteration of the festival, including performances by The Chemical Brothers, Wu-Tang Clan, Vampire Weekend, and Janelle Monaé. Budding internet-born superstar Billie Eilish, Rosalía, Diplo, Years & Years, Jon Hopkins, Hot Chip, and Damon Albarn‘s The Good, The Bad, & The Queen, among many others will also make their way to Worthy Farm this summer.

See the full lineup below.

Jeff Goldblum speculated to be playing Glastonbury with full orchestra

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Jeff Goldblum speculated to be playing Glastonbury with full orchestraJeff Goldblum Glastonbury

Jeff Goldblum, best known for his roles in Jurassic Park and Independence Day, is speculated to be performing at Glastonbury Festival 2019 with his orchestra. The acclaimed jazz musician, along with The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, released their debut album, The Capitol Studio Sessions, last year and graced listeners with a sprinkling of intimate shows.

It was reported by New Musical Express that the guitarist in Goldblum’s orchestra, John Storie, listed Glastonbury Music Festival among all their other world tour dates on his website. This page was since deleted.

With the full lineup anticipated to drop in the coming weeks, headlining acts Stormzy, Kylie Minogue, Janelle Monáe, and Janet Jackson have already inked the deal to perform. NME reports rumored headliners The Cure, The Killers along with Interpol, Stereophonics, Lana Del Rey, and Childish Gambino expected to be announced when the lineup drops.

H/T: New Musical Express

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Stormzy to become the first UK rapper to headline Glastonbury in 2019

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Stormzy to become the first UK rapper to headline Glastonbury in 2019Stormzy

Grime’s favorite son Stormzy will make Glastonbury history in 2019, when he becomes the first UK rapper to headline the legendary festival. The news that Stormzy would bedeck the Glastonbury lineup as the event’s leading headliner preceded an official announcement from Glastonbury organizers, as Glastonbury Free Press posters surfaced in several Oxfam shops, emblazoned with the sentence “Stormzy Friday! First Glastonbury Headliner Revealed.” The festival confirmed the “Scary” rhymer as 2019’s first headliner later that same day.

Stormzy is notable for his previous appearance at Glastonbury 2017, where he performed at the Other Stage. The booking follows Stormzy’s release of his debut album, Gang Signs & Prayer in 2017, a production that won him a Brit Award for “British Album of the Year” at the 2018 awards ceremony. The 2019 headliner comes after festival organizer’s announcement of Glastonbury: 50, a commemorative festival book that will encapsulate exclusive photographs and narrative inclusions to cohesively reflect on the event’s progression over the past 50 years.

H/T: DJ Mag

Glastonbury to celebrate 50 years with commemorative festival book featuring contributions from Jay-Z, Chris Martin, and more

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Glastonbury to celebrate 50 years with commemorative festival book featuring contributions from Jay-Z, Chris Martin, and moreGlastonbury Photo Credit John Hines

Glastonbury festival will celebrate 50 years of modern musical influence via the release of Glastonbury: 50, a commemorative festival book that will encapsulate exclusive photographs and narrative inclusions to cohesively reflect on the event’s progression over the past 50 years. Glastonbury: 50 will feature “never-before-seen images, archive material, and artwork,” according to a spokesman for Trapeze, the book’s publisher. A 60,000-word project, the book will also feature editorial contributions from a diverse array of industry entities, including Jay-Z, Noel Gallagher, Dolly Parton, Chris Martin, Michael and Emily Eavis, John Cooper Clarke, and Lauren Laverne, among others.

“This book has been 50 years in the making,” Michael Davis said of the expansive effort. “There really are so many images and memories that tell the incredible story of the festival’s five decades here at Worthy Farm, and we’re honored that so many brilliant people have helped us to collect the most iconic ones together for this book.”

Although Glastonbury will not officially observe its milestone 50th anniversary until 2020, Glastonbury: 50 will arrive several months early, slated for an October 2019 release. While Glastonbury organizers have yet to unveil the lineup for the event’s 2019 edition, the festival will descend upon Worthy Farm once more come June 26-30, 2019.

H/T: NME

Photo credit: James Hines

Glastonbury Festival set to ban plastic bottles come 2019

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Glastonbury Festival is looking to implement a site-wide plan on plastic bottles come 2019.

Festival co-organizer Emily Eavis originally shared the news of the initiative with BBC Radio 6, describing it as “the big project,” in conjunction with the festival’s return in 2019. The festival isn’t set for 2018, as it is a “fallow” year, allowing for its grounds to settle.

Though the plan’s still in its early stages, its introduction would not be the first time Glastonbury’s integrated cleaner initiatives. The festival introduced free water refill stations in 2014, and its “Love the farm, leave no trace” policy, introduced in 2016, urged attendees to share transportation to the festival, limit litter, recycle, refill water bottles, and not to abandon their tents or urinate on the land.

While it remains uncertain whether Glastonbury’s progressive implementation will come to fruition in 2019, it will likely have large implications on the US festival sphere down the line. Companies like Goldenvoice, who puts on festivals like CoachellaFYF, Panorama, and more, as well as other US institutions, may see that they too need to follow suit.

Presently, Coachella asks that the plastic bottles that come in are empty and not above 40oz. The festival banned selfie sticks in 2015.

H/T: NME