Dalai Lama’s Tibetan Monks to perform at Glastonbury

The Gyuto Monks will also be create a ceremonial Sand Mandala at Somerset festival

The Dalai Lama‘s Tibetan Monks will perform live at Glastonbury this year, it has been confirmed.

The Gyuto Monks will play live on the Thursday of the festival (June 27) in the Green fields. In addition to performing live, the monks will also be create a ceremonial Sand Mandala to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the Tibetan Declaration of Independence. Speaking about the forthcoming appearance, Thupten Phuntsok of the Gyuto Monks said: “We are honoured to be invited to take part in the world’s premier music and performing arts festival, at the spiritual centre of the site.”

The Dalai Lama also backed the appearance, stating: “The work that the Gyuto Monks do in the west has my full support.” The Gyuto Monks recently signed a record deal with Universal Music and are working on their ‘Chants: The Spirit of Tibet’ album with Paul McCartney and U2 producer Youth.

The full day-by-day line-up for this year’s Glastonbury Festival was revealed earlier this month. Full running orders for the Pyramid Stage, Other Stage, Park Stage, John Peel Stage, Acoustic tent, Avalon Stage, Left Field, Williams Green, Sonic, Wow!, Gully, BBC Introducing, Cinema and Kidz Field have all been confirmed.

The extensive line-up includes some surprising additions, including Strictly Come Dancing host Sir Bruce Forsyth, who will perform on the Sunday (June 30) on the Avalon Stage alongside The Staves, Evan Dando and headliner Xavier Rudd. Forsyth joins headliners Arctic Monkeys, Mumford & Sons and The Rolling Stones on the eclectic line-up.

Elsewhere, it has been revealed that The Vaccines and Palma Violets will both perform small gigs at the William’s Green stage on the Sunday of the festival. The bands lead an impressive bill for the stage on the festival’s final day, with The View and Everything Everything also scheduled to perform.

This year’s Glastonbury festival is to be live streamed for the first time with viewers able to watch different stages as they happen. The BBC will use the latest digital technology to allow viewers to choose from simultaneous live streams from all the major stages and has today (May 30) announced that over 250 hours of footage will be broadcast across the weekend.

Click here to see the full list of artists and stages for Glastonbury 2013.

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