There’s only a few weeks until the gates open for another Glastonbury festival and it’s all go on Worthy Farm. When we dropped by the site late last week, co-organiser Emily Eavis was careening around the site in a Land Rover, as workers in high-vis jacket and hard hat pulled together the framework for stages that will host this year’s soon-to-be-classic performances.
The Pyramid Stage is the most complete, standing tall in all its triangular glory, surrounded by furrows of dirt and long blue cables. Behind it, the Other Stage presents the first of 2015’s changes – a new rectangular roof replaces the old dome-shaped one and it hangs metres from the stage, waiting to be raised. “There’s going to be an installation on the Other Stage this year by Joe Rush, the guy who did the phoenix on the Pyramid,” Emily tells us.
We found artist Rush by the Bandstand, stood among a cluster of old fridges and freezers. A part of Glastonbury legend, he’s been working with the festival since the mid-1980s. When the likes of The Vaccines and Jamie T play on the Other Stage, they’ll be surrounded by “loads of horns”, he says, while the mound of white goods he’s amongst will be topped by a “big polar bear, looking down, all lost”. Right at the top of The Park field – beyond the Ribbon Tower, which stands ribbon-less on our visit, and where the Hollywood sign-style Glastonbury letters sit – will be another entirely new area created for this year’s event.
The Temple is a wooden construct that’s based around three pyramids of old telegraph poles and offers one of the most breathtaking views of the entire site. “We’re going to have lanterns up here that people can light and hang up, so by Sunday it’ll just be full of lights,” Emily says. “It’d be good to bring someone like Kanye up here, actually, to give them the full context of the festival.”
The countdown begins…