Glastonbury unveils new Park Stage

Peter And The Wolf kick things off as festival grows

The latest addition to Glastonbury, its brand new stage, got underway in the rain this morning (June 22).

The Park Stage is the biggest major addition to the festival since the the likes of Lost Vaugeness, Glade and John Peel stages were added a few years ago.

Based up in the bottom corner of the site, the new area features a silent disco, the BBC Introducing stage along with the main Park Stage itself.

Speaking NME.COM festival organiser Emily Eavis, who is looking after the new area, explained the thinking behind the Park.

“It’s a new stage to help cope with the extra numbers and we’re going to have loads of brilliant bands on over the weekend, plus we’re going to have a few surprise guests,” she explained.

The first band to grace the new stage was Liverpool trio Peter And The Wolf who took just to the stage just as Glastonbury was pelted with a heavy rain shower.

“Gripes, the heavens have opened,” declared frontman Marc Sunderland. “All hail the rain god!”

The elements however did the band a favour, as the small but determined crowd were given two extra songs at the end of their set due to a technical issue holding up the next band.

“We’ve got some extra time due to some predicament,” explained Sunderland.

Peter And The Wolf played:

‘Showdown’

’Strangelove’

’Moon to the Sea’

’Darlin’ Adores me’

’Tommy’

’Working Away’

’White Noise’

’Peace Man’

’Sinner Song’

’Winters Blooming’

‘Lover Scorned’

‘Do What’

The Park Stage will now be officially opened this evening by festival chief Michael Eavis.

“We’re having an official opening ceremony tonight at 9pm,” explained Emily Eavis. “Michael is going to cut the rope!”

A special guest is scheduled to play the stage, with Lily Allen among the names strongly rumoured to be playing.

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