Theatre & Circus announces its line-up for Glastonbury 2024

Theatre & Circus announces its line-up for Glastonbury 2024

Three beautiful fields of wonder, filled with dazzling entertainment and amazing spectacle, set right in the heart of the festival...

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Theatre & Circus Fields area at Glastonbury 2017.
Theatre & Circus Fields (2017) • Credit: Charles Gervais

Theatre & Circus has revealed its line-up poster (seen below) for Glastonbury 2024, after Kidzfield was the tenth area to do so just two days earlier (4th May).

Glastonbury officials took to social media this morning (Monday, 6th May) at 11am to announce this year’s line-up for the Theatre & Circus Fields, saying: “With just 51 days until gates open, here’s the 2024 line-up for Glastonbury’s incredible Theatre & Circus Fields.”

Theatre & Circus at Glastonbury 2023
Theatre & Circus at Glastonbury 2023 · Credit: Charles Gervais

Packed with hundreds of artists and performers from around the world, these wondrous fields feature everything from circus arts, comedy, and music, to theatre and dance, spoken word and an entertainment spectacle that runs from mid-morning until late late-night.

The line-up poster (shown below) features just but a taster of some of the many wonderful acts and attractions that will be gracing this year’s Theatre & Circus fields, in just a few weeks’ time – including Andy Parsons, Raves R Us, New York Brass Band, Jonathan Pie, and many more.

In an official statement posted on the Glastonbury Festival website, Theatre & Circus Area Organiser Haggis McLeod thanked the thousands of acts worldwide who have Glastonbury right up there on their bucket lists of “must perform at events”, and to their small army of workers and volunteers who give up their time to keep the show on the road, or fields in this case.

“We are all also very much indebted to my late wife Arabella Churchill, who started the T&C ball rolling back in the early eighties, and whose legacy can still be felt today, seventeen years after her untimely passing: not only in the way in which we deliver this amazing array of talent, but also in the way the T&C area and crew at Glastonbury supports the local Children’s World Charity, which Arabella created as a direct result of her involvement with the early festivals. The charity provides creative and educational workshops for children across the South West of England.”, said McLeod.

Adding: “For me, what really makes the Theatre and Circus area so special is you, the audience: without whom none of this could happen and I wouldn’t have what I consider the best job in the world, making so many people smile and filling one of the most beautiful parts of Worthy Farm with joy and laughter – I really hope to see you back in the fields this June for another wondrous few days of magical delight.”

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Lineup & Rumours

The Theatre & Circus poster announcement comes hot on the heels of KIdzfield, which announced its bill at 12:02pm on the 4th of May.

Other posters already released include 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.

With only less than 51 days to go until Glastonbury opens its gates for this summer’s event next month – set to run from the 26th to the 30th of June at Worthy Farm in Pilton, Somerset – we can expect more individual areas and stages to announce their dedicated line-ups over the coming weeks before the full bill including stage times gets revealed sometime at the end of May.

Although the full Glasto line-up including stage times doesn’t tend to get released until the end of May, this year, the first main line-up poster was announced on Thursday morning (14th March), in which it confirmed that Dua Lipa, Coldplay and SZA will be taking to the iconic Pyramid Stage to headline the event this summer on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of the Festival, respectively.

Shania Twain was also announced as this year’s Sunday afternoon tea-time Legends slot performer, along with a spread of artists, including LCD Soundsystem, Little Simz, Burna Boy, PJ Harvey, Cyndi Lauper, Michael Kiwanuka, Janelle Monae, Olivia Dean, Paloma Faith and Keane, and many more.

That said, there are many artists who ‘self-confirm’ before the official announcements by divulging the news via interviews, social media or website listings to accompany the ever-growing Glasto rumours.

Click here to view our daily updated list of acts confirmed, rumoured and unlikely to perform at Glastonbury 2024, so far.

Glastonbury 2024 lineup poster, designed by Stanley Donwood.
Glastonbury 2024 lineup poster

Site Changes & Updates

Arrivals · Shangri-La

When revealing its lineup last month, late-night area Shangri-La also announced a brand-new venue named Arrivals. The new space – designed by Shankho Chaudhuri, Esha Sikander & Shirin Naveed, and which features the work of illustrator Osheen Siva – is described as the “first dedicated South Asian space” to be created, designed, and built by an entirely South Asian team.

Peace · Shangri-La

Although not much information out there about the Peace Stage, it appears that it has adopted its new name for 2024 in the absence of last year’s Truth Stage.

Assembly · Silver Hayes

A reimagined version of the former WOW stage will be introduced for this year’s Festival in the form of a new indoor space called Assembly.

Room · Silver Hayes

A new wellness area called Room at SIlver Hayes will feature sound baths, meditation, yoga and more.

Tree Stage · Woodsies

Expanding on the Woodsies’ eclectic sound, the Tree Stage will make its debut at this year’s Festival and is described as being: “A new outdoor venue, set beneath an oak tree décor canopy, zeroing into the immersive, ambient and experimental”.

The Brewery

A new/renamed bar will be introduced at Glastonbury for 2024 titled ‘The Brewery‘, described as being: “Just along the boulevard from the Pyramid stage that we hope will soon become a firm festival must-visit. Take a seat & enjoy your favourite drink & music with your favourite people”.

The Rabbit Hole

Elsewhere, the Rabbit Hole at Glastonbury has announced it will not be returning to Worthy Farm for the 2024 edition of the Festival – In a post on Facebook, the Rabbit Hole organisers said: “It is with gladness in our hearts and love for all of you, that we announce that the Rabbit Hole is disappearing into the ether and will not be at Glastonbury 2024. All great things come to an end and yet the end of one thing is but the beginning of another! What dreams may come!”

Although it has yet to be announced what will be replacing the beloved venue, rumours have it that it might be something created by the same team.

The Rabbit Hole at Glastonbury 2023.
The Rabbit Hole (2023) · Credit: Andre Pattenden

Competitions Opportunities

Although all tickets have now sold out, some other opportunities for getting to Glastonbury include working and volunteering at the Festival, as well as entering the many competitions, once these options make themselves available.

Eariler this year (4th March), Brothers Cider was confirmed as the “Official Cider for Glastonbury 2024”, and to celebrate the announcement, they are giving away 10 pairs of General Admission tickets to this year’s sold-out event.

Along with the latest Vodafone contest, there are several other competitions currently running for the chance of winning tickets for Glastonbury 2024 – including opportunities from Octopus Energy, Clipper Teas, WaterAid, Time Out, White Claw, Tony’s Chocolonely & Oxfam, Hunter Boots, plus more to come.

Click here to view our daily updated list of all the competitions currently running for the chance of winning tickets to this year’s Glastonbury Festival.

Credit: Andrew Allcock / Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)

In Other News

Meanwhile, the Festival was given both praise for a “very well-run” festival in 2023, as well as a series of recommendations for this year’s edition by council officers on how it may improve ahead of the upcoming event.

Some of the improvement recommendations include better crowd control, bars displaying relevant allergen information, better walkways and additional toilets and water refill stations at The Park and The Stone Circle areas.

Elsewhere, Glastonbury Festival founder Michael Eavis was knighted by the Princess Royal for his contributions to music and charity – after previously receiving a CBE in 2007.

The investiture ceremony which took place at Windsor Castle earlier this week (Tuesday, 23rd April) also honoured two former England cricketers, Stuart Broad and Lydia Greenway, who have been recognised by King Charles.

The 88-year-old legend – whose full name is Athelstan Joseph Michael Eavis – transformed the Somerset event into one of the most widely celebrated music festivals in the world, drawing in over 200,000 people every year as well as the biggest musical talent and celebrity as its guests.

Michael Eavis at Worth Farm.
Michael Eavis (2016) · Credit: Bolder
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