All eyes on the Farm!
Glastonbury Festival‘s site webcam – hosted by BBC – has now been reactivated (on the desktop version of the site).
The news comes after the stream had been idle since March of 2021 and stuck on a static image of the sun setting over the Tor.
Many fans of the Festival like to follow the site build progress in real-time as it all starts to take shape in the runup to opening day.
Back in February of this year, Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis confirmed that the webcam will be returning – simply saying: “It’s coming!”.
Now, earlier this afternoon (Wednesday, 9th March), an avid fan of the Festival spotted the webcam had gone live and posted about it via his personal Twitter account, saying: “Sorry work, but the Glastonbury Festival webcam is back online. Oh wow, it’s been so damn long!!! Thank you,”
While another Glasto-enthusiast pointed out that it looks like the webcam came back online at 14:30 (according to the archive shot).
— MartinC (@MartinCurtis01) March 9, 2022
One occasion that tends to un-officially kick off the start of the build is the day the Pyramid Stage starts getting her finery on.
For most of the year, the Pyramid Stage is a metal frame structure, resting amicably in the Somerset countryside fields of Worthy Farm.
In recent years, come spring, normally around April/May, the iconic stage is dressed up and has a skin draped over the bare-bones skeleton.
The earliest date on record to see the Pyramid start getting dressed is the 3rd of April – which was back in 2019.
Other notable dates of the dressing commencement (courtesy of Dukeicon and The Glasto Thingy) include;
- 7th June in 2000.
- Pre 6th June in 2008
- 2nd June (Wednesday) in 2009
- 27th May (Thursday) in 2010
- 19th May (Thursday) in 2011
- 9th May (Friday) in 2014
- Pre 16th May in 2015
- 10th May (Thursday) in 2016
- 21st April (Friday) in 2017
- 3rd April (Wednesday) in 2019
Meanwhile, earlier this month Glastonbury revealed its first big line-up announcement poster of the acts who will be playing at the Festival this year.
It has now been officially confirmed that Paul McCartney and Kendrick Lamar will be joining previously announced headliner Billie Eilish and top the bill at this year’s event when it finally returns for the first time since 2019, after two consecutive cancellations due to the coronavirus crisis.
Eilish will be playing the Pyramid Stage on the Friday night – and by doing so make history as the youngest ever solo artist to headline the Festival at only 20-years-old.
Another historic moment will occur when Sir Paul McCartney takes to the Pyramid Stage on the Saturday night, which will subsequently make him the oldest Glastonbury headliner at 80-years-old.
Diana Ross will likewise be performing on the Pyramid Stage for the Sunday teatime Legends Slot, while Lamar will be headlining the same stage later in the day.
Although the recent poster revelation added more than 60 acts to the 2022 bill, this year’s Festival announcements are far from over. There are lots more performers and attractions wanting in the pipeline to be announced – before the full line-up plus times will finally drop in June – as recently confirmed by Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis.
That said, there are many artists who confirm themselves prior to the official announcements by divulging the news during interviews, via social media or website listings.
Some of the recent artists to self-confirm for Glastonubry 2022 (in addition to Carl Cox) include Chris Difford, Carl Cox, Haim, Courtney Barnett, Confidence Man, Glastonbury staple Craig Charles and Black Dyke Band – who said they will be opening the Pyramid Stage on Sunday morning (26 June).
To view our full constantly updated list of all the latest line-up announcements and rumours, click here.
Glastonbury 2022 is set to take place at its natural home in Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset, from Wednesday 22nd to Sunday 26th June.
Although tickets for the 2022 Festival have already sold out ahead of the 2020 cancelled event (with deposits paid for the 2020 Festival having rolled over for a second year), there are still ways to go to Glasto this summer.
Some of the opportunities include entering competitions, working at the Festival, volunteering or trying for tickets in the spring resales – which have now been confirmed to take place at the end of March.
To learn more about registration, the sale process and how you can maximise your chances of getting Glastonbury tickets, click here.
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 to the Festival might not know that tickets are only sold on one site which is: glastonbury.seetickets.com – and any other site claiming to sell tickets for the Festival are not authentic.