Glastonbury’s home for blues, folk, contemporary and country music has announced its line-up for this year’s Festival – featuring such names as The Saw Doctors, Paul Carrack, Rickie Lee Jones, and many more…
The Acoustic Stage is the latest venue to reveal its individual line-up ahead of this year’s Glastonbury Festival.
Glasto organisers initially posted a Tweet on Wednesday (24th May) at 12pm, which included the line-up poster for this year’s Acoustic Stage, accompanied by a message saying: This year’s line-up for the legendary Acoustic Stage is here, bringing blues, folk, contemporary and country music to the Festival!”.
The original post was then updated 12 minutes later at 12:12pm after the poster underwent some editing which included the replacement of Lisa O’Neal with Seth Lakeman in the “don’t miss” spot.
The announcement comes just one day after the Festival shared the line-up poster for its on-site cinema, Pilton Palais, at Glastonbury 2023, which itself came on the heels of a string of announcements that were kicked off with the revelation of the first main line-up poster for 2023 in March.
Dubbed the “home to blues, folk, contemporary and country music”, for 2023, the Acoustic Stage will welcome back Paul Carrack as well as the legendary Steve Earle and Rickie Lee Jones. The bill will also feature performances from other tent favourites, including Sharon Shannon and The Bootleg Beatles, while welcoming Toyah & Robert for the first time, alongside Gilbert O’Sullivan, Glen Hansard, The Saw Doctors (who we reported on as being set for an Acoustic Stage headline performance earlier in the year, prior to the line-up revelation), and many more – as shown in the poster below.
For the last thirty years or so, the Acoustic Field has been welcoming crowds trooping up the hill to hear acoustic, song-based music, or at times, simply to visit the sanctuary of the tent and avoid the rain or scorching sun – since it first made its debut at Glastonbury Festival in 1984.
Through the years, the Acoustic Stage has had the pleasure of welcoming such names as Ray Davies, Christy Moore, Joan Baez, Jackson Browne, The Waterboys, Robert Plant, The Moody Blues featuring… Michael Eavis, John Prine, Art Garfunkel, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, Keane and The Bootleg Beatles, amongst many others.
Below you can watch a short clip of the Bootleg Beatles performing on the Acoustic Stage at last year’s Glastonbury Festival Sunday afternoon.
Along with the Acoustic Stage, Glastonbury 2023, which this year will be held from the 21st to the 25th of June at its natural home in Worthy Farm, Pilton, has recently already confirmed a host of line-up posters for its individual areas and stages – including the bills for West Holts, Silver Hayes, Field of Avalon, Croissant Neuf, Left Field, Theatre & Circus Fields, The Common, Shangri-La, Woodsies, Arcadia, Unfairground, Glasto Latino, The Park, Kidzfield, Glade, and Pilton Palais.
With less than 30 days to go until Glastonbury opens its gates, and with over 40 different line-up posters released for last year’s Festival, we can expect even more individual areas and stages to announce their dedicated line-ups over the coming weeks in the buildup to this year’s anticipated event – ahead of the full line-up dropping at the end of the month.
Arctic Monkeys and Guns N’ Roses were officially announced as the two other headliners who will be taking to the Pyramid Stage on the Friday and Saturday nights of this year’s Festival (respectively). They joined Sunday night headliner Elton John who was the first headliner to be officially confirmed for Glastonbury 2023 line-up.
Although the full Glasto line-up including set times doesn’t usually get released until the end of May, this year, the first main Glastonbury 2023 line-up poster containing a taster of some of the big-name acts to perform at this year’s Festival was announced on Friday morning the 3rd of March at 9:32am – about half an hour after the initial Guardian article detailing the names on the line-up was published.
When published, the original article featured 55 artists on the list, however, it was then amended to omit one of the acts on the line-up in Queens of the Stone Age – explaining: “The number of announced artists was also reduced from 55 to 54 after an artist had been wrongly included in the initial lineup by Glastonbury organisers.”
Some of the names featured on the main line-up poster include Lizzo, Lana Del Rey, Lil Nas X, Wizkid, and Yusuf / Cat Stevens – who will take to the iconic Pyramid Stage as this year’s Sunday teatime Legend Slot performer.
The first main line-up 2023 poster (mentioned above) was then updated to move 2 Other Stage headliners (Lana Del Rey and Wizkid), Sunday Pyramid sub (Lil Nas X) and Legend Slot performer (Cat Stevens / Yusef) to the second row, while later also omitting Slowthai from the line-up on the 17th of May – as shown in the poster below.
MAP NEWS & UPDATES
Glastonbury officials released the first public version of the Glastonbury 2023 map ahead of this year’s anticipated festival earlier this month (Thursday, 11th May), which features a number of changes and adjustments across the Worthy Farm site – which you can read all about here.
Some other key updates and changes that have been confirmed for this year’s Festival Include:
- Vodafone announcing a multi-year partnership with Glastonbury while replacing EE as the ‘Festival’s Official Connectivity Partner‘ – which up until 2022 was Glastonbury‘s technology partner for the seventh year running.
- Emily Eavis confirming the renaming of the John Peel Stage to Woodsies, as well as adding a new family-orientated area of the same name which will feature a campfire.
- Children not being allowed in the notorious after-hours south-east corner (also known as the ‘naughty corner’) after 10pm, while encouraged to seek out child-friendly areas across the site (such as the Theatre & Circus Fields, and the campfire in the new Woodsies area).
- The removal of the stage in William’s Green in order to make room for the return of Joe Rush’s Carhenge to the Festival grounds – 36 years after it first made its appearance at Glastonbury in 1987.
Meanwhile, with each passing day, in preparation for this year’s highly anticipated event, Worthy Farm is getting to look more and more like the world-famous Glastonbury Festival we all know and love.
As of the time of writing, along with the Pyramid Stage, Other Stage, Long Drops and Fence, other build highlights include the construction of the West Holts Stage, the erection of the much-loved Ribbon Tower, the formation of the Co-op store, as well as placement of the first pillar of Joe Rushe’s new Carhenge.
With gates to the public on the 21st of June, and as more containers carrying equipment continue to arrive on-site intermittently, we can expect the build to grow in intensity as more iconic stages and venues come to life once again to create the largest greenfield music and performing arts festival in the world. You can now continue following the build via the BBC Glastonbury webcam, here.
All tickets for this year’s Festival completely sold out when they originally went up for sale in November (last year).
Standard tickets for the 2023 Glastonbury Festival sold out in 61 minutes on the 6th of November , after a swift sellout on the 3rd of November  of tickets packaged with coach travel, which sold out in just 22 minutes.
There was then a resale of returned tickets packaged with coach travel last Thursday (20th April), which were all snapped up and sold out in just 10 minutes.
That was then followed by the resale of General Admission tickets which went up for grabs on Sunday morning (23rd April) and were all gone in just 6 minutes, after going on sale at 9am.
Although tickets have completely sold out, as you can see, there are plenty of other opportunities for getting to Glasto this summer – which include as well as entering competitions, also include working and volunteering at the Festival.
As of the time of writing, there are currently 3 open running competitions for the chance of winning the golden ticket – including opportunities from WaterAid, Tony’s Chocolonely & Oxfam, and Brothers Cider.
Read more about all the currently running competitions for the chance to win tickets to this year’s Glastonbury Festival in our updated list, here.
OTHER GLASTO NEWS
In other news, Glastonbury Festival in collaboration with Oxfam managed to raise more than £1 million for the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC)’s appeal to help communities impacted by the Turkey and Syria earthquakes.
The appeal, which came in the form of a raffle, gave participants the opportunity to win one of 10 pairs of tickets donated by the Festival to its sold-out 2023 event, each including a once-in-a-lifetime experience – such as the chance to watch a band from the side of the legendary Pyramid Stage or introduce an act on The Park Stage.
The appeal managed to raise more than £320,000 just 12 hours after launching on the 15th of February, rapidly increasing to £550,000 only 24 hours later and finally smashing its updated target of £1 million on Monday evening, the 6th of March.
The prize draw concluded at noon on the 8th of March raising a sum total of £1,044,130 from 46,390 supporters, with the draw set to take place on the 15th of March and winners notified by email and/or first-class post within 5 days of the draw date.
Prior to the Oxfam raffle mentioned above, the Festival also helped raise over £116,000 in aid of the Trussell Trust in a partnership auction to help support people facing hardship across the UK.
The money was put up in a series of 10 eBay auctions run by the food bank charity to raise funds for their network of over 1,300 food banks scattered across the country.
In this instance, similar to the Oxfam appeal, auctions offered 10 pairs of tickets which included once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for fans at the Festival.
The total from all ten Trussell Trust auctions amounted to £116,738 – with the “cheapest” pair of tickets selling for £10,200, which included the chance to watch a set from the Other Stage viewing platform.
DON’T BE FOOLED
Glastonbury Festival would very much like fans to be aware that there are people out there who will try and sell fake Glastonbury tickets to unsuspecting, willing and innocent potential purchasers.
Although Glasto-veterans who have been going to the Festival for quite some time may recognise these scams for what they are, newcomers might not.
Therefore, please remember that tickets are only sold on one site, which is: glastonbury.seetickets.com.