The festival takes an approach to give each area its time to shine and announce its own line up. Glastonbury Festival is massive and can have over 100 stages, with each one in a themed area. So when it comes to make a big announcement it can be overwhelming for someone to read through all the acts playing. So the organisers have released the line up in bite-sized chunks with the help of the areas.
In many ways, Glastonbury Festival is like loads of different festivals and events converging on the same gorgeous countryside for the weekend. Each area of the Festival has its own character, its own loyal fans and its own special attractions. The dance area (Silver Hayes) alone is as big or bigger than some festivals and areas like Field of Avalon has a better line up than a lot of small and medium sized festivals. Each area and stage can have its own booker and team of people organising it.
Here is our quick guide to the areas and their stages:-
[divider]Main Music Stages[/divider]
This is where you’re going to see the highest profile acts on the bill. The acts that cost the festival the most money! It can host crowds of anything from 7,000 to 100,000. These are the stages that gets the most media coverage. You are more likely to see mainstream/commercial acts from different genres but mostly pop, indie, rock and chart
Glastonbury’s reborn Dance Village. Sonic is the largest tent in the area and known as the headlining tent with a 7,000 capacity, it also hosts a silent disco every night. This area alone is bigger than some other festival’s whole “arena” area. As the old name suggests it hosts mostly dance acts to use the broadest term.
Sonic Heds Party Wow Stage The Gully Pussy Parlure The Blues BBC Introducing
The West Holts stage has an amazing bill of “global future roots music”. Living legends share the bill with cutting-edge newcomers. From afro grooves to hip hop, reggae to techno, this is the stage for people who know that bass is the place.
Featured artists: Gregory Porter, James Blake, Kamasi Washington
The Park is on the south west tip of the site and is like a festival in itself with open air stages, late night bars and cafes, tee pee villages, art installations and an illuminated 17 metre Ribbon Tower that looks out over the entire Festival site. The Park is a must! If non of the park line up tickles your fancy make sure to go on the Thursday before the main music days start. The Park is great for late night fun. From the Silent Disco to one of Glastonbury’s best-kept secrets – The Rabbit Hole
The Park Stage Bimble Inn Stonebridge Bar Rabbit Hole Silent Disco
Feature Artists: St Etienne, Guy Garvey. Jagwar Ma, Hinds
A dedicated arena for discussion and dissent has announced it’s line up. From music and comedy to debates and conversations. Live music from bands with something to say, comedians who pull no punches and live debates .
Feature Artists: Jeremy Corbyn, Billy Bragg, The Selecter, Tom Robinson and Band
[divider]Field of Avalon[/divider]
The Avalon field is just a great place to be; relax, listen to some wonderful music, eat wholesome food, sample some great cast ale and generally soak up some legendary Glastonbury spirit! This area has a very laid back, feel good vibe and the acts tend to reflect that
Avalon Stage Avalon Cafe
Feature Artists: The Feeling, Turin Brakes, Newton Faulkner
William’s Green is just a great place sit, take a moment and watch the world go by, all the while enjoying the “Glastonbury Vibe”. Think of a classic English village green and you won’t be far from the look and feel of William’s Green. At the centre stands a 16 metre totem pole with signs pointing to every little venue on the Festival site, topped with a William’s Green weather vane. Despite main acts not scheduled until the Friday, warm up events over the course of the first two days take place across the site. William’s Green has a launch party with high energy sets from bands that play the festival later that weekend. You can also enjoy locally produced food from the various vendors forming an arc around the green.
Featured Artists: Frightened Rabbit, Reef, BEAK>, The Rockingbirds Watch out for special guests/tba acts on the Thursday night.
A place to chill listening to unplugged sounds from some top acts. The field is dominated by the Acoustic Stage. It’s situated in Norman’s Close – the field next to the Kidz field. As the name suggests acts perform acoustic sets in the large tent
Acoustic Stage Pilton Palais – cinema tent
Feature Artists: Ed Harcourt, Hothouse Flowers, Patty Griffin, Cyndi Lauper
[divider]The Glade Area[/divider]
The Glade was spawned from the Avalon Field back in the late ’90s. Using the small triangle of poplar trees and mature woodland tucked below the embankment near the Other Stage. Party amongst the trees with a mainstream, experimentalism, beats and clubbing vibe
Glade Lounge Spaceport The Spike
Feature Artists: Carl Cox, Plaid, Dub Pistols
The fire breathing recycled scrap monsters that mix flaming explosions, sculpture, architecture and adrenaline. Arcadia have a 360 degree inward facing soundfield. The music can only be heard within that circle, so please do step inside the outer ring of speakers for the full sonic experience.
Feature Artists: Andy C, Todd Terry, Eats Everything
The legendary after-hours area – Shangri-La. Exploration and discovery is an important aspect of Shangri-la. A maze of alleyways is riddled with nano-venues, performers and installations, artworks and hidden doors. The area has a theme that will normally lasts about 3 years, slightly changing and expanding each chapter in the story.
Shangri La – Heaven Shangri La – Hell Shangri La – Hell’s Occupied Corporate Headquarters Micro venues Love Bullets HQ Brainwash The Deluxe Diner The Rocket Lounge
Feature Artists: Smokey Joe And The Kid, The Beatbox Collective, The Johnsons
A night life area like no other festival offers from tribal temples and dark caves, incredible live music, ritualistic paint throwing, tomato fights, a Celtic Festival of the Dead, to a jaw-dropping waterfall.
Copperdollar Los Artistas Bohemios The Cave The Rum Shack The Temple
Feature Acts: Kate Tempest, The Upbeats, John Fairhurst
A collision of travelling amusements, with big top venues, twisted fairground side shows and installations created by legendary scrap pile art and party collective the Mutoid Waste Company.
[divider]Theatre & Circus[/divider]
The area offers an amazing array of entertainment, from the sublime to the ridiculous; a plethora of astounding, breathtaking and thought provoking acts. 100s of walkabout performances, ground shows, installations, workshops and more
The Circus Field Circus Big Top Outside Circus Stage Bella’s Field Cabaret Sensation Seekers Stage Poetry&Words Mavericks Glebeland Astrolabe Theatre The Summer House Walkabouts
[divider]The Green Fields[/divider]
A chance to participate in new and old ways of living, keeping alive the vision and spirit that has inspired Glastonbury Festival since the first meet. A network of small fields from where you can look down on the immense, buzzing pop-up city. Here you can pick a quiet spot to relax, enjoy some wonderful organic food, be entertained in small intimate venues
Croissant Neuf Green Kids Area The Greencrafts Village The Peace Garden The Healing Field Small World Stage Toad Hall Speakers Forum Croissant Neuf
With all 12 year olds and under getting in free, The Kidz Field is Britain’s largest free children’s festival and is always a place of magic and wonder. All activities, shows and workshops in the field are FREE. Please note only adults with children can enter the field
Block9 is one of Glastonbury’s legendary destinations for dance music aficionados. A 24-hour wonderland of heavyweight sound systems, underground nightclubs, huge artworks and extremely alternative performance, Block9 is home to three jaw-dropping installations: Genosys, NYC Downlow London Underground
The Strummerville campfire continues the legacy of Joe Strummer’s campfire community at Glastonbury Festival where people can come to drink, stay warm, talk and laugh with like-minded souls anytime of day or night.
The best place to watch the sunrise and sunset at Glastonbury Festival. Being one of the highest points of the festival it’s great to watch the festival from afar. Stone Circle is a monument comprising of about 20 stones ranging from over 2.5 metres to approximately 1.5 metres in height. A mini Stonehenge replica . The atmosphere is unique to say the least
Don’t know what to expect away from the “main” stages and music? Then check out this video from 2013 bySkewiff