Glastonbury’s Shangri-La area announces political theme for 2015

The Glastonbury after-hours area will be occupied by a number of political parties

Glastonbury Festival’s Shangri-La area has announced a political theme for 2015.

Aligning with this year’s general election, the after-hours and late night area of the festival will take on the ‘Politics, Sholitics’ theme this June and host the ‘Shang Re-election’. “This year’s story aims to help people connect with the political process and demonstrate that politics can be for them and by them,” reads a press release. The area is open from 6pm to 5am from Thursday to Sunday at the festival (June 25-28).

It continues: “After the flinchingly realistic horrors of last years Corporate Hell, this year Shangri-Hell has been occupied. Every office has been taken over by some of the 99% desperate for change. Each Nano-venue has become a political party, and everyone here has a point to make. There is nothing too silly or too serious to be said, there is only the process of activism, the skies filled with banners, the streets packed with protesters and placards.” Shangri-La includes the open air hell stage, the heaven area and a hexagonal maze of nano venues.

Meanwhile, festival founder Michael Eavis has hinted that the identity of the final Glastonbury headliner will be revealed on June 1. Eavis also appeared to imply that the headliner for Sunday June 28 will be composed of two artists, rather than one, and that they will ‘most likely’ be British.

The Glastonbury founder was speaking at an event at London’s Victoria And Albert Museum earlier this week. In his talk, titled Michael Eavis: Glastonbury, Eavis spoke about the history of the festival. Talking to attendees afterwards while posing for pictures, Eavis said the next line-up announcement for the festival will be on June 1 and will be ‘a big one’.

There has been constant speculation over the identity of the artist joining Foo Fighters and Kanye West in headlining this year’s festival. Coldplay are 3/1 favourites with bookmakers William Hill, though Emily Eavis has previously ruled them out of playing. Muse and AC/DC have concerts elsewhere on June 28, so will not be the final headliner.

Other artists confirmed as performing at Glastonbury include Alt-J , Florence And The Machine, The Maccabees, Suede, Jamie T, The Chemical Brothers, Alabama Shakes, Jungle, FKA Twigs,Catfish And The Bottlemen, Belle & Sebastian, The Vaccines, Super Furry Animals, Patti Smith, Hot Chip, Run The Jewels, Future Islands, Charli XCX, Peace and Circa Waves.
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