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The gates to Glastonbury 2023 will open tomorrow (Wednesday 21 June) at 8am, officially launching the start of this year’s festival.
Thousands of music fans will flood the fields of Worthy Farm, Somerset, and set up camp for the next five days, to see headliners Arctic Monkeys, Guns N’ Roses and Elton John, along with hundreds of other artists.
The weather for this year’s festival is predicted to be a mixture of sun and rain, after a month’s worth of rain fell in the UK last weekend.
Forecasters say higher temperatures of 27C could be reached later in the week, but the first few days are currently expected to be grey, with some rain and highs of 23C.
Arctic Monkeys fans were alarmed this week after the Sheffield-formed rock band were forced to cancel the last show before their Friday headline performance on the Pyramid Stage, after frontman Alex Turner was diagnosed with acute laryngitis.
Live coverage of Glastonbury Festival 2023 will be aired by the BBC across TV, BBC Radio, Sounds and iPlayer. This year, broadcaster has also launched a brand new channel, Pyramid Stage – Signed, which will feature British Sign Language performances of every show on the main stage.
Glastonbury 2023 lineup: Who is headlining this year’s festival?
Glastonbury 2023 lineup: Who is headlining this year’s music festival?
Tom Murray21 June 2023 00:04
The 7 most brutal set clashes at Glastonbury 2023
…and the possible workarounds
Tom Murray20 June 2023 23:17
Everything you need to know about Guns N’ Roses at Glastonbury
On Saturday (24 June) night, all eyes will be focused on the Pyramid Stage for Guns N’ Roses’s headline performance.
The Los Angeles-based rock band formed in 1985 and are best known for their 1988 hit, “Sweet Child o’ Mine”.
Tom Murray20 June 2023 22:01
The earthy magic and lawless energy of being a child at Glastonbury festival
I wasn’t conceived at Glastonbury, but for the first decade of my life I may as well have been. I was, in many respects, a Glastonbury baby. Born and raised in nearby Bristol, I first visited in 1994, aged two with potty in hand, and attended for the five years that followed. I have not been back since. But even if Glastonbury has changed hugely in the decades in between, it still exists as a joyous, creative paradise of jugglers, acrobats and enormous fire-breathing spiders for those lucky enough to experience it as a child. Enough to grant it an almost mythical hold over many of the children who have passed through over the years, like a soothing imprinton the soul.
Back then, against the withering judgements of outraged co-workers, my parents saw it as an adventure and an education, for themselves and for me. My dad sometimes worked there as a steward, picking up litter and ushering in guests in exchange for a free ticket. But the tickets themselves were also relatively affordable – around £50 each, picked up from a local ticket shop, with under-12s getting in for free. Too broke to afford any sort of overseas holiday, Glastonbury was our version of an annual family sojourn, and a bargain considering what was on offer.
Adam White20 June 2023 21:01
The Pretenders share video to announce secret show
Tom Murray20 June 2023 20:40
Secret set act announced!
The Pretenders have just been announced as one of Glastonbury’s secret acts.
The English-American band has revealed they will be performing on Saturday, 19:45 BST, at The Park Stage. The band also teased some special guests though their identities have not been disclosed.
“It’s always been there for most of our lifetimes. There has never been a festival like it anywhere else,” lead singer Chrissie Hynde said.
Tom Murray20 June 2023 20:24
The 22 greatest Glastonbury performances ever, from Beyoncé to Paul McCartney
A 40-minute blast of pure, undiluted zeitgeist. A gigantic crowd stretching away over hill and vale. A generation’s prejudices and expectations overturned like a flick of dust off the shoulder. A setlist chiselled into quicksilver by Zeus and carried to the stage by a choir of winged roadies. Or maybe just the Dalai Lama, blowing out the candles on a birthday cake.
These are just a few of the reasons why a gig playing out on the hallowed grounds of Worthy Farm might go down in Glastonbury folklore – one of those iconic moments that don’t just make the weekend, but mark out the evolution of pop culture. Glastonbury is where musical history is made and cultural colossi are crowned on a near-annual basis.
Ahead of the glorious return of the world’s greatest festival, headlined this year by Arctic Monkeys, Guns N’ Roses and Elton John, here’s a look back at the best ever Glastonbury performances.
Roisin O’Connor20 June 2023 20:01
Glastonbury cancels screening of Jeremy Corbyn film booked ‘in good faith’
Titled Oh, Jeremy Corbyn: The Big Lie and produced by Platform Films, the film was due to be shown at the arts festival’s Pilton Palais cinema on Sunday (25 June).
Roisin O’Connor20 June 2023 19:00
Unveiled! The Glastonbury 2023 tea towel
Roisin O’Connor20 June 2023 18:30
How to watch the BBC’s live coverage
Roisin O’Connor20 June 2023 18:00