Glastonbury to double size of major attraction for 2019

"We have a very, very exciting new project".

Glastonbury’s Block9 will reportedly double in size as part of major changes made by the organisers of the iconic festival.

The renowned Glastonbury area, which is a popular spot among fans of house and disco music, will be reportedly spread across more than one field when it returns to Somerset next year.

The new development was revealed by co-founders Gideon Berger and Stephen Gallagher, who previously led the team that was responsible for creating Banksy’s  infamous Dismaland theme park in Weston-Super-Mare.

As BristolLive reports, the pair explained how the expansion came from four years’ worth of planning.

“This year, we’re about to double in size,” they told BBC 6Music.

Block 9 at Glastonbury

Block 9 at Glastonbury

“This is actually the first time we’ve gone public with this so it’s an exclusive for you guys. Essentially, we’re doubling in size, we’ve taken over another field so Block9 is expanding and we have a very, very exciting new project that we’ve been working on for the last four years and it’s going to happen in June this year.”

Block9 is renowned for taking on different immersive themes each year – with previous themes including the ‘NYC Downlow’ – a film-set replica of  New York. Other themes included a later take on the London Underground.

Speaking to NME earlier this year, Emily Eavis also confirmed plans to increase the size of Block9.

“We’re spreading out Block 9 a bit, giving them more space as they’ve got some pretty mind boggling ideas that we’re putting into action”, she said.
It was also confirmed last month that Stormzy will headline the festival’s Friday night.