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Mud, Sweat and Tears: The 2008 Headliners
Member Name: jac22
Date: 14/02/08, updated on 21/02/08 (176 review reads)
Disadvantages: rap isnt alot of peoples cup of tea
This years 2008 Glastonbury festival looks set to the biggest yet. More people look set to apply for tickets with England failing to qualify for the euros and the ever-growing live music scene. Tens of thousands of people will descend upon the small Somerset village to the epic pagan punk funk celebration. Expect mud, sweat and tears, as well as an interesting; although not spectacular, set of headlining acts. The 3 acts announced so far are:
* The Verve. Reforming only last year for a few dates after almost 10 years apart, Richard Ashcroft and the co look set to headline Sunday Night on the Pyramid Stage. A new album should also be released this year, the first time since 'Urban Hymns' of 1997. This is the first time the band have headlined the festival, and I for one can't wait. Expect 20 000 people singing together to the sounds of 'drugs don't work'.
* Rap legend Jay-Z is undoubtedly a strange choice for Glastonbury. Primarily the acts in the past have been rock or pop so to choose this act was a surprise to many. Regardless of tradition, change is always good though, and diversity should always be encouraged. Make sure you honour him if you go, he's one of the most talented and respected artists on the planet. Get ready to be blown away. Look out for: '99 Problems'
* Nathan, Caleb, Matthew, and Jared Followill are the Tennesee based one-cousin -three-brother rock band Kings of Leon headlining Friday Night this year. They've done their festival work experience over the past 5 years, making their debut in the New Tent way back in 2003 before moving onto the other stage since. Rightly deserving the crown of the best 'live act' the band will be joining a heritage of great Friday night headliners, including soft rock champions Coldplay and the John Peel loved White Stripes. Look out for: 'My Party'.
On top of these 3 officially announced acts, Norman Cook (aka FatBoy Slim) has since confirmed he's playing Friday Night. He commented, "Oh yeah, I'm doing it again this year in some guise. I think I'm actually official this year, last year I wasn't actually on the bill, but I still managed to play three times." The official Glastonbury website has also confirmed CSS will be playing on the Park Stage. No other names will be announced until June, so fingers cross for your favourite act until then. I predict Massive Attack, Kylie Minogue, and quite possibly Radiohead.
If you like the sound of The Verve and Jay Z you ought to register for tickets NOW, or alternatively any time between now until midnight on Friday 14th March 2008. Complete the registration form online or grab one from your nearest Millets store and fill it by hand.
All those registered will be able to buy tickets from 9am on Sunday April 6th.
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Summary: a look at whose announced and whose expected
- Fantasy Island Fun Park (Weymouth, Dorset)
- Sandworld International Sand Sculpture Park (Weymouth, Dorset)
- Come into Play (Stone, Staffordshire)
- Wiseman's Bridge Campsite (Saundersfoot, Pembrokeshire)
- Alsop en le Dale (Derbyshire)
- Leicester in General
- Milton Keynes in General
- Newquay in General
- Rugby in General
- Salisbury in General