The collaboration will also see the launch of a brand-new Official Glastonbury app, presented by Vodafone, with a host of new features, as well as free phone charging for everyone at the Festival
Vodafone has today (Thursday, 2nd March) announced a multi-year partnership with Glastonbury as the ‘Festival’s Official Connectivity Partner‘.
The British multinational telecommunications company will be replacing EE, which up until 2022 was Glastonbury‘s technology partner for the seventh year running.
As the new Official Connectivity Partner, Vodafone has exclusive rights to the Festival and throughout the partnership will use its network to deliver innovative experiences using cutting-edge technology.
Vodafone’s award-winning network will be boosted to the highest capacity ever, “making it super reliable” to keep friends and families connected to each other, whether they’re on-site in Somerset or watching from home – and with data consumption nearly doubling at the Festival from 2019 to 2022, fast and reliable connectivity is more important than ever.
To that point, while replying to questions and comments on Twitter following the announcement, Vodafone confirmed further they will be putting up temporary masts at the Festival to help with the signal.
The partnership will also see the launch of a brand-new Official Glastonbury Festival app, presented by Vodafone, with a host of new features, as well as free phone charging for everyone on site.
In another reply on Twitter, Vodafone confirmed that customers of the company will be able to gain access to tickets to this year’s sold-out event via its ‘VeryMe Rewards’ programme available on the MyVodafone app – along with other promotions and experiences which are also expected to be made available, as well as a ticket competition of sorts.
Watch this space! 👀
— Vodafone UK (@VodafoneUK) March 2, 2023
Max Taylor, Vodafone’s Chief Commercial Officer, said: “Our new partnership with Glastonbury adds another iconic British Brand to our partnership portfolio. Vodafone customers will gain access to the best events of the summer through VeryMe Rewards and keep them connected to their loved ones on Vodafone’s reliable, award-winning network. We can’t wait to get started and deliver on our ambition of making Glastonbury the most connected festival in the world.”
Emily Eavis said: “We are so pleased to have Vodafone on board as a new partner for the Festival. The commitment they have made to supporting our festival in its technical and network requirements, as well as other projects throughout the year is great, and we look forward to working with them in the years ahead.”
The new partnership makes Vodafone the Official Connectivity Partner of both Wimbledon and Glastonbury – two of the most iconic events of the British Summer – alongside BST Hyde Park, Mighty Hoopla, and Kendal Calling.
This follows Vodafone’s 2022 campaign, which included – amongst others – developing 5G-powered haptic suits for deaf and hard-of-hearing music fans at Mighty Hoopla, and creating a show-stopping live AR concert for British icon Elton John at BST Hyde Park.
OTHER GLASTO NEWS
Last month Glastonbury Festival announced that it is donating 10 sets of tickets, each with a once-in-a-lifetime experience to raise money for the Disasters Emergency Committee’s Turkey-Syria Earthquake appeal with Oxfam.
DEC member charities, including Oxfam, are working in Türkiye (Turkey) and Syria with local partners to support survivors of the earthquakes and by entering, you’ll be helping them to reach as many people as possible with clean water, food, sanitation, shelter and other urgent support.
Entries are now open and will be accepted until 12 noon on Wednesday 8th March, with a £10 donation guaranteeing one entry – and although there is no limit on the number of times one person can enter, only one prize per entrant will be given. Free entry (without making a donation to the earthquake appeal) is also available by post.
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.
GLASTO LINE-UP & RUMOURS
In other Glastonbury news, Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan appears to have confirmed the band for playing Glastonbury this year after saying on his radio show that “Glastonbury is gonna be iconic”.
The news comes after the American hard rockers have been strongly rumoured for a Saturday night headline performance at the 2023 edition of the Worthy Farm-held event for quite some time, which has so far only officially confirmed one headliner in Elton John.
Aside from John, who will be taking to the Pyramid Stage on the Sunday night of the Festival, no other acts have yet been officially confirmed for Glastonbury 2023 – although Arctic Monkeys are the top talked-about contenders for headlining the iconic Stage on the Friday night.
Speaking of self-confirmations; Blondie drummer Clem Burke has recently confirmed that the band are going to be playing Glastonbury 2023.
In a similar instance, Kelly Jones of Stereophonics revealed that he will be performing at Glastonbury this summer with his new project Far From Saints.
Gabrielle Aplin confirmed she will be playing the Avalon Stage while speaking to Jo Whiley on BBC Radio 2, and Becky Hill, however, didn’t quite self-confirm but did hint at a possible Worthy Farm performance this June.
Elsewhere, Florance & the Machine re-ignited hopes in fans for a potential performance at this year’s Festival, after leaving plenty of room for a Glasto gig in their summer tour dates, in addition to Pulp, who likewise revealed the dates of their summer reunion tour while also leaving a space to fit in a possible Glastonbury performance this year.
Another act which has a gaping Glasto-shaped gap in their recently announced tour schedule is Kraftwerk, who confirmed they’ll be active in the summer by announcing two new shows in Ireland, scheduled for the end of June – leaving them wide open for a possible gig at Glastonbury Festival, which is set to take place earlier that month.
Red Hot Chili Peppers‘ Flea got fans pondering about Glasto after retweeting a sketch of the Pyramid Stage created by renowned artist Stanley Donwood, and The 1975 are also mentioned once again in the Glastonbury context after speculation started building throughout the web when the Cheshire band confirmed new tour dates which featured the infamous Glastonbury-shaped hole.
It is worth noting though that Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis did say last year that all three headliners for the 2023 Festival have already been booked. Therefore, some of these rumours are obviously to be taken for what they are, rumours – and any insider claiming to know anything about anything, either has access to unreleased information or is outright mistaken.
Other acts who were rumoured for playing at the Festival (and the Legends Slot in particular), but now look rather unlikely to do so include Stevie Nicks, Robbie Williams and Bon Jovi (whose guitarist Richie Sambora recently teased the “possibility” of the band playing at Glastonbury 2023), as well as Roxy Music, who up until not long ago were one of the most strong contenders for this year’s Legends.
However, speaking to NME recently about the possibility of appearing at Glastonbury, Roxy Music’s Phil Manzanera said: “I’ve had friends texting and emailing, saying: ‘I see you might be playing Glastonbury!’ To which my reply is: ‘Well, tell me about it, because I’ve got no idea.’ I’ll wait to see what happens there. Who knows? I don’t.”
Another band who was rumoured for a slot on this year’s line-up but now looks unlikely to appear at Glastonbury 2023 is Britpop legends Blur, whose drummer recently went on record to say they haven’t been asked to play this year.
Orbital have also been crossed off the list for a performance at this year’s Festival after the electronic legends recently said they won’t be at Glastonbury 2023, but said “maybe [they’ll be back] next year, in 2024.
Meanwhile, the Spice Girls, who have also been mentioned countless times over the past years in the Legends Slot context, are unlikely to be playing Worthy Farm in 2023, after Victoria Beckham ruled out a Glastonbury appearance as part of a Spice Girls reunion, following long-time speculation fuelled by her former band mates.
Additionally, Emma Bunton, aka Baby Spice, also revealed in an interview last year with BBC Radio 2’s Dermot O’Leary, that the Spice Girls “have actually been asked” to play at the Festival – but said that they “won’t be doing it next year ”.
The Legends Slot, often seen as being the 4th headliner slot of the Festival, takes place on the last day of Glastonbury on the Sunday afternoon.
Previous Legends who took to the Pyramid Stage to perform at the coveted slot include Diana Ross (2022), Kylie Minogue (2019), Barry Gibb (2017) and Jeff Lynne’s ELO (2016), to name a few.
Glastonbury 2023 takes place from Wednesday 21st to Sunday 25th of June 2023 at Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset.
Although tickets for the 2023 event sold out late last year , there will be resales of any unpaid and/or cancelled tickets that will take place later in the Spring (around April time).
As part of Glastonbury’s ongoing efforts against ticket touting, anyone who would like to attend this year’s Festival will need to have registered in advance.
As in previous years, registration remains free of charge and only takes a few minutes at glastonburyregistration.co.uk.
Those who have already registered in the past can also check their existing registration here.
In addition to the upcoming ticket resales, some other opportunities for getting to Glastonbury include working at the Festival, volunteering and entering competitions – once these options make themselves available.
To learn more about registration, the sale process and how you can maximise your chances of getting Glastonbury 2023 tickets, click here.
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.