Block9 unveils stacked line-up for Glastonbury 2024 with Genosys return

Block9 unveils stacked line-up for Glastonbury 2024 with Genosys return

NYC Downlow is also set to host its first ever day party on the Saturday of this year's festival.

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Block9's Genosys at Glastonbury 2014
Block9's Genosys (2014) · Credit: Peter Podrowski

Block9 has revealed its exciting programme for Glastonbury 2024, with a roaring roster of acts and the return of brutalist giant and outdoor dance arena, Genosys — alongside legendary venues NYC Downlow, Meat Rack, and IICON.

Following the first line-up poster reveal back in March which included the initial wave of acts confirmed for this year’s event, Glastonbury organisers have been progressively rolling out separate posters for the Festival’s many areas and stages.

🔦 Stage Spotlight: Genosys

After a five-year hiatus, the towering, concrete and glass behemoth, Genosys, is back and takes centre stage in Block9 West — “Created to explore the birth of analogue electronic music and its lasting legacy, Genosys features music and performance from legendary pioneers alongside fresh new talent, from Thursday night onwards.”

Block9’s Genosys (2014) · Credit: Peter Podrowski

Taking to X at 9am this morning (Friday, 24th May), Glastonbury officials said: “The incredible Block9 brings more after-hours treats to Glastonbury 2024, with the return of its outdoor dance arena, Genosys, alongside legendary venues The NYC Downlow, The Meat Rack and IICON, offering a fantastic line-up of DJs and acts.” — while sharing the stacked line-up programme posters.

🔦 Stage Spotlight: IICON

An immersive audio-visual arena, which takes the form of a colossal, anonymised head, IICON is a pseudo-religious monument to the terrifying new realities emerging in our digital, post-truth age. This immense sculptural artwork is animated by state-of-the-art video mapping, delivering a vision of future music from the cutting-edge of today’s underground.

IICON in Block9 at Glastonbury 2019
Block9’s IICON (2019) · Credit: Kamil Kustosz

Some of the names featured on the 2024 Block9 bill include previously confirmed Confidence Man, Bicep and Honey Dijon — as well as new additions A Guy Called Gerald, Niks, Smoking Jo, Husband, Wallace, Peach, Sugarbear, Scarlet O’Malley and many others (as listed in the poster below).

Also new for 2024, queer nightlife institution NYC Downlow will hold its first-ever Downlow Day Party on the afternoon of the Saturday edition (29th June), which will be hosted by New York legend François K (Body & Soul).

🔦 Stage Spotlight: NYC Downlow

A multi-roomed temporary club space housed inside a life-size, film set replica of a seedy New York bathhouse-cum-meatpacking warehouse circa 1982, and described by RA as “categorically one of the best clubs in the world” — Expect nightly themed performances including Leather & Lace, Showgirls & Sailors, Queerdos from Outer Space and a very special Wedding Party.

NYC Downlow in Block9 at Glastonbury 2017.
Block9’s NYC Downlow (2017) · Credit: Matthew Walter

Fashion icon and activist Katharine Hamnett is also poised to collaborate with Block9 in a bid to encourage people to vote through her trademark, power-packed slogans and instantly recognisable graphic style.

Celebrating 17 years since it was first launched at Glastonbury Festival in 2007, Block9 area encourages diversity, freedom and collaboration through music and creativity, while boasting a vibrant community of like-minded DJs, producers, and performing artists.

🔦 Stage Spotlight: Meat Rack

Hidden at the back of the NYC Downlow, the Meat Rack is known for being a hot, dark, and sweaty venue – featuring the ultimate sleazy homo-centric line-up.

Block9's Meat Rack at Glastonbury 2019.
Block9’s Meat Rack (2022) · Credit: Kamil Kustosz

In other Glasto news, it was also revealed that a giant Dragonfly – built by the Arcadia team – will replace the Festival’s legendary Spider for this year’s edition, when announcing the DJ-focused dance area earlier this week (22nd May).

Elsewhere, the cinema tent, also known as Pilton Palais, revealed its film and Q&A line-up for 2024 just four days ago on the 20th of May, before Unfairground did so on the 17th of May, which followed Strummerville‘s revelation on the 16th of May.

The Free University of Glastonbury also dropped their programme on 16th of May, saying: “It’s here! A selection of brilliant minds spewing words of wisdom and sultry sounds, to feed those hungry (and likely hungover) brains throughout the festival weekend… What a weekend it’s set to be.”

Before that, The Park area announced their line-up on the 15th of May at 12 noon, while confirming two new venues for this summer’s event; The Wishing Well and Scissors — which will replace the legendary Rabbit Hole, after 17 years of activity on site.

The Poetry & Words team also released their line-up poster for 2024 via their official Facebook page on the 14th of May – along with revealing some exciting plans for a new Spoken Word Theatre, which you can read all about here.

 
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Other poster bills already released include Glasto Latino (13th May), Croissant Neuf (8th May), Theatre & Circus (6th May), KIdzfield (4th May), The Common (3rd May), Left Field (1st May), Woodsies (30th April), Silver Hayes (29th April), West Holts (26th April), The Glade (22nd April), Shangri-La (19th April), Field of Avalon (16th April) and Acoustic Stage – which was the first area to kick off the string of area announcements on the 12th of April.

Some exciting updates and changes for Glastonbury 2024 include the introduction of a brand-new stage in the Shangri-La area, called Arrivals, which will be dedicated entirely to South Asian talent — as well as a renamed Peace stage (formerly Truth).

Silver Hayes will introduce a reimagined version of the former WOW stage in the form of a new indoor space called Assembly — in addition to a new wellness area called Room that will feature sound baths, meditation, yoga and more.

Other changes for 2024 include the new Tree Stage in the Woodsies area which is being described as: “A new outdoor venue, set beneath an oak tree décor canopy, zeroing into the immersive, ambient and experimental” — while The Park area has announced the departure of its legendary Rabbit Hole, which will make way for two brand-new venues; The Wishing Well and Scissors.

The Glastonbury Festival site overlooking The Park area and Ribbon Tower.
Glastonbury site overlooking The Park’s Ribbon Tower (2015) · Credit: Rachel D

Despite all tickets completely selling out after going up for the final re-sale in April this year, there are still several competitions currently running for the chance of winning tickets to this year’s Festival.

Glastonbury will return to Worthy Farm from June 26 to 30 this year, with Dua Lipa, Coldplay, and SZA set to headline the iconic Pyramid Stage — alongside Shania Twain who will take on the coveted Tea Time Legends Slot on the Sunday afternoon.

With only less than 40 days to go until Glastonbury opens its gates for this summer’s event next month, we can expect more individual areas and stages to announce their dedicated line-ups over the coming days before the full bill including stage times hopefully gets revealed sometime at the end of May / beginning of June.

In the meantime, you can click here to view our daily updated list of acts confirmed, rumoured and unlikely to perform at Glastonbury 2024, so far.

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