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

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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.

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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.


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.


BBC announces The Biggest Weekend festival to be held in Glastonbury’s stead in 2018

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BBC has announced that it will be holding a new festival series in 2018 called The Biggest Weekend that will take place in four sites across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The BBC festival is said to be similar to Glastonbury Festival, which will not be held in 2018. Glastonbury Festival takes place on a working dairy farm that has a “fallow year” every six years in order to renovate and repair the farmland, so that the site can be festival ready for the subsequent six years.

The Biggest Weekend will take place May 25-28, 2018. Stay tuned for further details.

Via: NME

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Harrington discussed how his co-stars Emilia Clarke, Alfie Allen and Richard Madden had a “family reunion” of sorts when they visited Glastonbury a few weeks ago. They also managed to surprise members of the capacity crowd, especially “when they’re on acid,” as Kit bluntly put it. The team also made a surprise entry during Nile Rodgers’ performance of Sister Sledge’s ‘We Are Family’ on the Pyramid stage, leaving onlookers starstruck.

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Glastonbury responds to zero-hours contract controversy

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Glastonbury, the UK’s venerable festival, has been under fire as of late for claims of exploitation of their workers. There are claims that organizers of the large scale festival employed workers nationwide for a simple job — litter picking. After a mere two days of work picking trash, nearly 700 were laid off, after the impression that they were contracted for more work hours.

A statement released by Glastonbury yesterday, July 5, responds to these claims:

In response to recent stories in the media, we would like to state that Glastonbury Festival’s post-event litter picking team are all given temporary worker agreements for the duration of the clean-up. As well as being paid, they are provided with free meals and access to on-site facilities.

The length of the clean-up varies considerably from year to year, based largely upon the weather conditions before, during and after the Festival. This is something the litter pickers – many of whom return year after year – are made aware of in their worker agreements (which assure them of a minimum of eight hours’ work).

This year was an unusually dry one for Glastonbury. That, coupled with a fantastic effort from Festival goers in taking their belongings home, meant that the bulk of the litter picking work was completed after 2.5 days (in 2016, a very wet year, the equivalent period was around 10 days).

All but a core crew of litter pickers were advised that there was no further work available after Friday (June 30). Those who weren’t able to leave the site over the weekend were given further meals, plus assistance with travel to nearby towns with public transport links.

We’d like to thank the litter pickers for their work on the clean-up, which was – as always – hugely valued by the Festival.

Jeremy Corbyn, British politician and frontman for the Labour Party, shared his thoughts on the topic as well. His spokesperson revealed that Corbyn holds a firm stance against the zero-hours contracts. His spokesperson went on to note that Corbyn has no plans to lay off the topic, “He is happy to raise it right now…This kind of contract and these kinds of employment conditions are unacceptable.”


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England’s Glastonbury festival is currently mired in controversy for accusations of worker exploitation in its aftermath. The Independent reports that the event’s organizers “hired hundreds of workers from across Europe on zero hours contracts and then fired them after just two days.”

The iconic festival has been held since the 1970s on founder Michael Eavis’ extensive farm property outside of Pilton, Somerset. Held in the final weekend of June, Glastonbury is one of the world’s largest music festivals, drawing well over 100,000 concert-goers annually. Because of the event’s soaring attendance numbers, its required workforce for debris cleanup is, historically, extensive.

Due to a number of factors, including “good weather” and “the use of charity workers and on-site litter crews during the festival,” the concert’s aftermath left a substantially smaller amount of waste. Because of the decreased need for cleanup employees, as many as 600 workers were laid off, reportedly.

Though Glastonbury’s implementation of zero hours contracts exempts organizers from providing laborers with a minimum for working hours, contractors were allegedly misled to believe they would be hired for a week or more. The Independent states the following regarding the impact that the swiftly terminated contracts had on employees:

“Organisers were accused of taking advantage of some 700 people who were signed up as litter pickers expecting two weeks of paid employment after the acts and festival-goers had gone home, only to leave some three quarters stranded and out of pocket in the Somerset countryside.”

Workers reportedly traveled to the English festival grounds from countries across the EU, including Spain, Poland, and Lartvia, a number of which were left stranded and disenfranchised due to plans made under the expectation of two weeks’ work and pay. Simon Kadlcak, a contractor from the Czech Republic, told The Independent, “There are people without work still sleeping in tents here because they have nowhere to go, they were expecting two weeks of work.”

The outlet, summarizing Kadlcak’s comments, further noted that “some people had booked return flights and were being forced to stay in the UK until they could go home.” Many others have reportedly left the festival grounds and “are attempting to find work elsewhere in order to recoup their losses from travel, food and accommodation” while stranded in a foreign country.

Jeremy Corbyn with festival founder Michael Eavis. (Via Getty Images)


Glastonbury’s treatment of workers has met with increased criticism because of Labor Party leader Jeremy Corbyn’s high profile appearance at the festival. Standing alongside Michael Eavis on Glastonbury’s main stage, Corbyn delivered a message encouraging attendees to not “accept low wages and insecurity as just part of life” – a stark contrast to the event’s apparent philosophy as an employer.

A spokesperson for Corbyn told The Independent, “Labour is committed to ending zero hour contracts, which was included in our manifesto, and the next Labour government will end zero hour contracts.”

Read the full story on The Independent.

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The Essential Mix hits festival season with 5 sets from EDC and Glastonbury

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As June draws to a close and summer officially begins, the de facto “festival season” finds itself in the midst of its peak. In celebration of the ongoing abundance of music festivals around the globe, BBC Radio 1’s Essential Mix broadcast a special six-hour episode this weekend, tapping into enviable sets from two of the world’s largest festivals: the British Glastonbury festival and Las Vegas’ Electric Daisy Carnival.

For the first three hours of this weekend’s Essential Mix, Radio 1 broadcast three consecutive sets live from Glastonbury’s BBC Music Introducing Stage. UK house mainstays Patrick Topping and Richy Ahmed provide the first third of the Glastonbury coverage, followed by a set from swiftly-ascending Berlin-based DJ Peggy Gou. Rounding out the first half of the Essential Mix’s festival edition, in-demand Glaswegian artist Jackmaster purveys a mix which would prove duly coveted as a standalone episode in the Radio 1 series (as would any of the aforementioned).

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For the following 90 minutes, the Essential Mix pivots stateside to rebroadcast a set from one of the most scintillating names that the program has offered in 2017: John Digweed. For his EDC performance, the legendary British artist builds an entrancing sonic journey of progressive house and techno, including freshly-minted music from the likes of Tale Of Us, Maceo Plex, and Victor Ruiz.

Listen to John Digweed’s EDC Essential Mix

The program’s festival marathon finishes up with another 90-minute EDC set from Lee Foss. Coming off of his April debut album, Alchemy, the American artist has been a formidable force in house in techno in recent years, sitting with Jamie Jones at the helm of Hot Creations as well as his own Repopulate Mars imprint. Foss’ EDC show succeeds in showing off his essence of quirky, soulful tech house. Filled with unreleased and unidentified music, the mix is further replete with songs from the likes of CamelPhat and Latmun, and ends fittingly with Jamiroquai’s “Cloud 9.”

Listen to Lee Foss’ EDC Essential Mix

View tracklists for the EDC Essential mixes below.

John Digweed EDC Tracklist (Via 1001):

1. Tale Of Us – Red Sky
2. Lee Van Dowski & Nakadia Petrosys – ID
3. Sollscher & Siech – Pulse Train
4. Maceo Plex & Swayzak – 5th Dimensional Groove
5. Lee Van Dowski – Rapidplatz
6. Universal Principles – Flyin’ High (Scuba Illicit Surveillance Mix)
7. Mongo – Planet Mongo (Alan Fitzpatrick Remix)
8. Pig&Dan – In My Mind
9. Hydra – Tiefstone
10. Sian – Medicine Man (Mark Reeve Remix)
11. Martin Eyerer & Patrick Chardronnet – Frequencies
12. Darren Emerson & Nick Muir & John Digweed – Tracer
13. Ross Evans – Flatline (Pele & Shawnecy Remix)
14. Hot Since 82 – Evolve Or Die
15. Christian Nielsen – Black Ceiling
16. Blackbill – 05-1
17. Victor Ruiz – Clutch
18. Phillip Straub & Charlie Tostenson – Miracle Of Existence

Lee Foss EDC Tracklist(Via 1001):

1. ID – ID
2. Eli Brown – Tech This Out
3. CamelPhat – Mess With Them
4. Sable Sheep – Black Tongue (Raffa FL Remix)
5. Mihalis Safras – Raygun Rave
6. Rod Fussy & Fatbass – Dust N Smoke
7. Eli Brown – Throwback
8. Latmun – Cosmic
9. Sonny Fodera ft. Alex Mills – Always Gonna Be (Mat.Joe Funked Up Remix)
10. CamelPhat – Gypsy King
11. Mihalis Safras – ID
12. Hot Blackheath – Switch
13. Ferdinand Weber – Sun
14. Mihalis Safras – ID
15. CamelPhat – ID
16. Hot Natured ft. Anabel Englund – Reverse Skydiving (MK Remix)
17. ID – ID
18. Eli Brown – Got The Power
19. Jamiroquai – Cloud 9

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