The John Peel Stage is set inside a huge red and blue striped marquee tent, which is situated beyond the Silver Hayes dance area, at the northwestern portion of the site. Known for being the home of fiery new music you can expect to find mostly up and coming, or alternative and under the radar acts which thrillingly transform this massive tent of a stage into the spine-tingling setting of an intimate club to create an amazing atmosphere.
Formerly known as the New Bands Tent, the iconic yellow and blue canopy was renamed in 2004 in honour of the late and great DJ and Festival friend, John Peel. This aptly named stage continues its passion for new music and, like its revered namesake, has made an indelible mark on new music culture, being the early champion of so many artists. Every genre welcome, every genre celebrated; acts on the cusp of breaking through rubbing shoulders alongside the long-established.
In 2014, George Ezra broke-through with his packed-out set and London Grammar proved their worth to a pogoing throng. While 2013 was the year of Everything Everything and Phoenix, Daughter and Tom Odell. Among the 2015 standouts were Suede, Years And Years, Slaves and Jessie Ware.
Other recent highlights include Mumford & Sons’ outstanding performance in 2010 before they went galactic; Bruce Springsteen surprising a packed tent to perform alongside Gaslight Anthem in 2009; and in the same year, Florence And the Machine not only stunned a rapturous crowd with their performance, but as Florence ascended the lighting-rig, mouths dropped, hearts beat faster and they knew they were witnessing something special.
– John Peel Stage via Glastonbury Festival
The John Peel stage gets more popular with every passing year and often features appearances from well-established performers as well as the more cutting edge up and coming acts of the future.