With less than one month to go before the gates swing open at Worthy Farm, the line-up announcements for this year’s Glastonbury Festival are coming out thick and fast. And today’s announcement of the full line-up for the Acoustic Stage will excite for sure!
The Acoustic Stage is a festival within a festival. For the last thirty years or so, people have been trooping up to the hill to the haven of the Acoustic field. The crowds visit the Acoustic Stage to either avoid the rain and, maybe even, the sun – in the sanctuary of super-duper circus tent – or, to hear acoustic, song-based music. Mostly it’s blues, folk, contemporary or country music, but…..it’s not always played on acoustic instruments.
Paul Carrack returns to the Acoustic as well as the legendary Steve Earle and Rickie Lee Jones. There will also be performances from other tent favourites, Sharon Shannon and The Bootleg Beatles, “not together you understand, but on consideration that could be a match made in heaven”, say the festival. Toyah & Robert will play the Acoustic stage for the first time.
Irish singer-songwriter Glen Hansard will follow Squeeze frontman Glenn Tilbrook on Saturday night, after the stage has already been graced by Badly Drawn Boy and The Magic Numbers among others.
Glen Hansard @ Hammersmith Apollo
In addition to this fantastic line-up for The Acoustic Stage dropping today, full line-ups for the stage’s neighbours The Pilton Palais cinema and the ridiculously incredible Kidzfield have also been announced in recent days. The Pilton Palais celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2023 and features a first look of DreamWorks’ latest family film Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken which is out later in July as well as a Wes Anderson’s Asteroid City. Last year saw early previews of Disney-Pixar’s Lightyear as well as Illumination’s latest Minions film, with life-sized characters and free merch on offer!
There is no other place on earth like The Kidzfield who invite everyone of 12 and under to experience the wonder and Magic that lives there. The Kidzfield and Glastonbury Festival are committed to the UN Charter for Child Rights. They promote honest values and provide a safe place for play and exploration. Creativity, self-expression, curiosity, and magic are encouraged, nourished and celebrated in this field.
In addition to the Kidzfield Big Top main stage, which has an incredible array of performances including resident superstar Basil Brush, there exists an entire field for kids to go wild. The Make & Do tent encourages creativity, there are incredible face-painters at hand to turn children into whatever they might desire, opportunities to try musical instruments and unicycles and there are free, hand-cranked fairground rides for repeat visits. Chipperfield’s Helter Skelter, The Wondrous Kidzfield Castle, Gyroscope and Swingboats are all there to be explored.
Rockshot Magazine’s Kalpesh & Lauren Patel have been taking their son to Glastonbury Festival since he was 8 months old! Check out their adventures which always include many hours across these three areas in 2017, 2019 and 2022.
Who can wait for 21st June to roll around??!