Worthy Farm is slowly but surely taking shape in preparation for this year’s Glastonbury Festival
With each passing day, and 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.
For most of the year, the Festival site is a working dairy farm and looks totally different to when the event takes place.
However, some structures do remain static on the ground, with one of them being the Pyramid Stage in its skeleton, frame structure form – resting amicably in the Somerset countryside fields of Worthy Farm.
Many fans of the Festival like to follow the site build progress in real-time as it all starts to take shape in the run-up to opening day.
The webcam, which is hosted by the BBC and located on the Festival grounds, had stopped streaming in March of 2021 and been stuck on a static image of the sun setting over the Tor until the 9th of March this year . It then came back to life for a brief period of time, just to go off again 9 days later.
Then, on the 5th of April, it was once again reactivated after Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis confirmed a day prior on Instagram that the beloved webcam will “be back within the next couple of days”.
Now, watching the build progress taking place live right in front of our very eyes via the BBC Glastonbury webcam, one can clearly see some of the Festival’s iconic stages and constructions arise from their deep long sleep – as this majestic Brigadoon slowly reappears after 3 long years of forced absence, due to the worldwide pandemic.
The build, which starting point traditionally tends to be marked by the commencement dressing of the iconic Pyramid Stage, began this year on the 24th of March – as seen in the tweet screenshot below.
Elsewhere on site, sleeping units – which supposedly house some of the Festival’s building team – were then delivered to the Farm on the 6th of April, followed by the infamous Long Drops which were taken out of storage and positioned into place in the days to follow.
New hybrid generators have also been put into place by the construction crew and are helping save over 700kg of CO2 a week throughout the process – which in other terms, contributes to a massive 83% reduction in consumption.
The second main stage, after the Pyramid, to rise from the rust was West Holts – which foundations were sighted on-ground on the 24th of April.
Another exciting highlight of recent days, which has gotten some fellow Glasto obsessives speculating, includes the screen supports going up on either side of the Pyramid Stage (as seen in the image below).
They seem to be different to the ones seen in previous years, as they boast extra support that runs through the middle of the frame, which could potentially mean a new kind of (larger?) side screen for the Pyramid this year – but only time will tell.
Although we can confirm the Bin Painters have already started their paintings, as seen in the video below, none of the bins has yet to be positioned into place as of this moment in time – and which will most likely happen closer to gate opening day.
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As containers carrying equipment and other Glasto-goodness continue to arrive on-site intermittently, and with lots more stages and iconic venues still to be erected, the build is expected to start properly picking up pace and shifting into gear in the coming weeks of May and into early June.
2022 will be the first year to see Glastonbury take place since 2019, after two consecutive cancellations due to the coronavirus crisis – both in 2020 and 2021.
Meanwhile, Field of Avalon, Silver Hayes, Glasto Latino, Theatre & Circus Fields and most recently Arcadia are five of the areas to have revealed their line-up posters ahead of this year’s event – following Glastonbury’s first main line-up announcement poster revelation, shown below, which dropped in March of this year.
As seen in the poster above, it has been confirmed that Paul McCartney and Kendrick Lamar will be joining previously announced headliner Billie Eilish to top the bill at this year’s event.
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 that evening.
A platter of performers and attractions which have yet to be announced are still waiting in the pipeline to be revealed before the full line-up + times should finally drop around June time – as recently confirmed on Twitter 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 include Fatboy Slim, Chris Difford, Carl Cox, Haim, Courtney Barnett, 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.
We also have a newly renovated and updated comprehensive Glasto camping guide which you can now read, 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 now completely sold out, there are still ways to go to Glasto this summer.
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