Glastonbury Festival – New Site Photos And – Dare We Say It? – Hot Weather

Glastonbury Festival - Pyramid Stage
Photo: Jason Bryant via

There’s just a few days until Glastonbury Festival 2009, and remarkably the forecast is looking excellent. And I don’t just mean the weather – although even that is looking thrillingly dry, and even – touch wood – rather summery.

How the Glastonbury site looked yesterday (15 June). Pic: Jason Bryant

This time last year Glastonbury was in a dark place. Ticket sales had been sluggish, security levels were rising to terrorist-threat airport standards, the line up had been ridiculed in some quarters – Noel Gallagher famously laying into Jay-Z as a headliner – and the weather was hinting at being a repeat of 2007 where Worthy Farm descended into acres of hellish, muddy quagmire.

This year Glastonbury really feels back on track. The line-up may be a little too middle-aged for some – even Rolf Harris, notorious for pulling some of the biggest crowds ever seen at the event, is returning – but having big hitters like Bruce Springteen, Neil Young and Blur topping the bill is firmly placing the event back in safe hands.

Photo: Jason Bryant

That’s not to say that there aren’t exciting new (ok, newer) acts bubbling away on the roster. Fleet Foxes, Kap Bambino, Golden Silvers, We Have Band, Metronomy, Little Boots, The Horrors, Passion Pit, Michachu And The Shapes, Bat For Lashes, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Bon Iver and The Virgins should all be dragging you and your wellies across the giant site, cider in hand.

The rumour mill is already spinning furiously too: Klaxons, The Libertines, Kanye West, N*E*R*D and even Coldplay have all been mooted as possibles. Klaxons and The Libertines look the most possible of the bunch – they’re both certainly in the country around the weekend.

Photo: Jason Bryant via

The site’s already taking shape and Emily Eavis and chums have been posting photos on the official Glastonbury site, a few of which we’ve posted here.

If you’re going, take a look at the full set of pics on the Glasto site – the blue skies suggest we may actually be in for sunshine and minimal mud. My first Glastonbury was in 1995 and was so hot that by the time Verve (no ‘The’ in those days, as I recall) and The Charlatans played on the Sunday everyone resembled ‘Brits abroad’ – with red faces, peeling shoulders, topless sunbathers and t-shirts covering bald heads.

So, who do you want to see perform? And what do you think of the bill? Is it line-up heaven or let-down hell? Post your comments below, or if you’re feeling lazy vote for the bands you’re excited about in our festivals poll here.

See you there in a few days!