Stages and Areas
At Glastonbury there can be something for everyone with 60 or so venues
In many ways, Glastonbury is like loads of different festivals 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
–John Peel Stage
–Theatre & Circus
–Field of Avalon
–The Crows Nest
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 10,000 to 100,000. Its the stage that gets the most media coverage. There are a lot of iconic headline performances.
There have been 82 headline acts on the main stage, which took on its distinctive pyramid shape at the second festival in 1971. Van Morrison, Elvis Costello, The Cure and Coldplay hold the joint record for number of headline appearances with three each. Six main stage headline acts have pulled out – The Kinks (1970), Red Hot Chili Peppers (1993), The Stone Roses (1995) Stevie Winwood (1997), Kylie Minogue (2005) and U2 (2010).
The stage is around the back of the Pyramid stage and a good place to see more big name artists. The Other Stage can offer an alternative to Pyramid acts that may not float your boat. Acts that clash on these two stages tend to be from two different genres/music tastes.
Mostly up and coming, or alternative acts. Because it’s in a tent, you can get an amazing atmosphere.
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.
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
Glastonbury’s reborn Dance Village. This area is similar to The Park area in that it feels like a festival in itself, focusing on dance. Sonic is the largest tent in the area and known as the headlining tent with a 7,000 capacity.
The Acoustic Field is dominated by the Acoustic Stage. As the name implies, it’s the place to hear unplugged sounds with a chilled out vibe. You can catch a number of performances from a host of top names, as well as some niche acts.
Williams’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.
The Green Fields
The Green Fields, which occupy the highest ground and overlook the rest of the festival, are a joyous celebration of life.
This is also where you will find The Tipi Field. The Tipi’s have established themselves as part of the annual landscape at Worthy Farm. The best way to connect with Glastonbury’s ancient tribal history. Venture inside one of the warm, cosy structures and you could find a campfire, a makeshift bakery, a tiny tipi raves, or even a seedy sauna. Enter at your own risk!
The area offers an amazing array of entertainment, from the sublime to the ridiculous – a plethora of acts – astounding, breathtaking and thought provoking.
The T&C fields are away from the main stages and they are situated on some of the most historic and beautiful farmland in Somerset. The variety of acts on offer is simply amazing, ranging from hilarious comedy to drama, thought provoking to breathtaking stunts: you can interact with others or just sit and watch.
Home to The Avalon Inn – a fantastic timber framed pub, The Flying Seagulls to amuse the children, swing boats and a helter skelter as well as an open air art gallery
Right bang in the middle of the site, on the road between The Other Stage and West Holts is where you will find Left Field. Debates, comedy, music, radical ideas, songwriting sessions and plenty of audience participation. At Left Field you will find some of the original ethos of Glastonbury, bringing together activists and artists who strive to articulate that better world through argument and song.
By the Joe Strummer memory stone in the UnfairGround, The Strummerville campfire continues the legacy of Joe Strummers’ campfire community at Glastonbury where people can come to drink, talk and laugh with some like-minded individuals.
One of the Festival’s smallest stages
With sets from world-famous Latin bands plus our ever-popular beginners’ salsa classes, offered by some of the UK’s top instructors.
Situated at the top of the festival site, The Crows Nest doesn’t seem like much – just an unsuspecting tent that looks out from on top of a very tall hill – but over the weekend, it becomes home to some of the best and most intimate performances on site. It’s the perfect chance for fans to get cosy with indie stars.