Glastonbury has kicked off with fans eagerly piling onto the campsites of Worthy Farm. We spoke to the Eavis family in the run up. Below they tell us about the series of flukes which has turned into 40 years of iconic sets and memorable festival antics.
Emily and Michael talk in the infamous farm kitchen – where the magic happens and most of the BIG decisions have been made. The anticipation, the cows in the Moo-tel, this year’s bookings – and plans for next year:
Coldplay’s Chris Martin stands in for The Strokes at the Pilton Party, and it sets the ball rolling for Coldplay’s huge success. Even Canadian rocker Neil Young stops to take a photo of the site from the hill the first time he plays…
Marc Bolan and T-Rex mark “The beginning of something…” – the very first Glastonbury in 1970. The Smiths make the festival ‘cool’ in 1985 and Radiohead are chosen as the best set of the 90s – although Pulp come a very close second.
Who performed the best act of the Noughties? Well there’s Bowie, Coldplay and triumphant Jay-Z who, throughout the hype and hysteria, enters a class of his own. Could you decide?
Michael and Emily Eavis talk about this year’s headliners, finally bagging Stevie and the return of Muse as Sunday headliners. Plus, Michael Eavis’ personal favourites – Willie Nelson, Ray Davies, Jackson Browne – “I am over 70 so I’m allowed to be square”.
Emily talks us through booking The XX.
After years of trying to secure him, Snoop will finally grace the Glastonbury stage. Following in the footsteps of Jay-Z who was HUGE at Glasto, we have it on good authority that this is a set not to be missed.
So pop was victorious last year, with Lady Gaga and Lily Allen making room for all the ‘fun stuff’. This year it’s Shakira’s turn to take it on with the hopes of similar success.