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The Different Areas of Glastonbury – A Virtual Tour

Glastonbury is a world of its own, hosting hundreds of live music venues across its 900-acre site, covering virtually every musical genre you can think of. Each area of Glastonbury is like its own mini festival, with its own themes, attractions and following.

If it’s your first time visiting this year, or if you’ve been before and fancy taking a virtual trip through the world’s most famous festival, here’s a breakdown of the different areas of Glastonbury, from the almighty Pyramid Stage through to the Rabbit Hole and the ever-illusive Secret Piano Bar.

The Pyramid Stage

Photo: Jason Bryant

Arguably the most iconic festival stage of all time, here you’ll see a collection of the very biggest names in music. Attracting crowds close to 100,000 for the headline slots, the colossal Pyramid Stage hosted the likes of David Bowie, The Rolling Stones and The Smiths in the early years, through to Arctic Monkeys, Kanye West and Adele more recently.

The Other Stage

The Other Stage is the second of Glastonbury’s two ‘main stages’, featuring a large portion of the festival’s most high profile acts.

Whilst presenting a diverse variety of acts throughout the weekend, The Other Stage (previously The NME Stage) is famous for its role in bringing electronic music to the mainstream in the 90s. Televised headlining sets from Orbital in ’94, The Prodigy in ‘95 and Underworld in ’98 set the trend, which has carried right through to today. In recent years we’ve seen Disclosure, Deadmau5 and The Chemical Brothers headline the stage.

John Peel Stage

Head here to witness the Pyramid Stage headliners of tomorrow. Named after the legendary Radio 1 DJ John Peel, this stage champions the very best contemporary music in a thrillingly energetic club-like setting.

With its moderate size and enclosed surroundings, a packed out John Peel tent offers a totally different atmosphere to the open-air stages. It’s raw, it’s intense and it’s an absolute must visit in 2019.

Breakthrough performances include Florence and the Machine, The Black Keys, Tom Odell and the unforgettable set from Royal Blood in 2014.

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The Park

Photo: Anna Barclay

The Park is like a mini-festival within Glastonbury. Home to multiple music stages, tipi villages, pubs, clubs, late night arenas and the famous Ribbon Tower, this area features everything from hip-hop karaoke at the Stonebridge Bar to the weird and wonderful late night beats of the Rabbit Hole.

From Friday to Sunday the area’s main stage (The Park Stage) features a hugely diverse variety of acts, and has been the location for several ‘secret sets’, with Radiohead, Franz Ferdinand and Pulp all making surprise appearances here in recent years.

As well as the music, The Park enjoys spectacular views across the festival site, making it the ideal space to sit back and soak in the atmosphere.

West Holts

West Holts’ ever-eclectic line-up features everything from funk, soul and R&B through to reggae, hip-hop and techno. With huge headliners like Dizzee Rascal, The Jacksons and Justice supported by Anderson .Paak, The Avalanches and Cinematic Orchestra last time, you can see why this stage is a firm favourite among Glasto-goers.

An added bonus of catching a headline set at the West Holts stage is that you’re located right next to The Glade, the South East Corner and many of the main late night arenas, allowing you to beat the queues when the Pyramid and Other Stage crowds arrive.

Acoustic Field

Located over at the East side of the site, near the Kidzfield and right next to the Pilton Palais cinema tent, this is where to head for some chilled out, unplugged sounds throughout the weekend.

Acts to perform at the Acoustic Stage in 2017 included Ani Difranco, Hothouse Flowers, Seth Lakeman, and Status Quo.

The Beat Hotel

Photo: Beat Hotel

Got a couple of hours to kill between your favourite main stage acts? Check in to The Beat Hotel for some midday grooves.

Serving up breakfast, lunch, beverages and beats, Glastonbury’s favourite pop-up hotel is open from 9am – 3am, showcasing a world-class line-up of DJs from Wednesday right through until Sunday.

Handily located between The Pyramid & John Peel stages, this is where to head if you fancy a dance at any time of day (or night) without having to walk all the way over to the South East Corner.

Silver Hayes

Silver Hayes features more than 200 acts across six different stages, including Sonic, The Blues, Wow, Gully, Pussy Parlure and BBC Introducing.

Previously named the Dance Village, Silver Hayes mixes internationally established DJs, producers and bands with the rising stars of tomorrow, covering the whole electronic music spectrum and more.

Shangri-La

In 2017 Glastonbury scrapped the ‘Afterlife’ theme and ‘Heaven/Hell’ stages, replacing them with a brand new concept: Environ-Mental, featuring all-new stages. Gas Tower, Truth Stage, Clash, SHITV, and The Greenhouse are made entirely out of the rubbish left behind at previous festivals.

The Glade

The ultimate location for a late night rave, The Glade Area has multiple stages, including The Spike, The Spaceport and The Glade Lounge.

In 2017 it was also home to the Lovebullets stage, which teamed up with Barcelona’s famously flamboyant superclub, Elrow, to bring Europe’s most spectacular travelling carnival to the farm.

Expect more big things in 2019…

 The Common

A complete sensory overload of music and visual effects, The Common and its vast variety of venues are set up to take you on a journey to a higher level of consciousness. Another ideal place for an after-hours rave, The Common takes you right through until 6am.

Centred around The Temple, which this year doubles in size, The Common features everything from folk, gypsy & ska to hard-hitting techno, house and drum & bass. The latter is what you’ll find in abundance after midnight, which is why The Common sees a surge in visitors in the early hours.

Arcadia

Arguably the most spectacular stage set-up at the festival, the 50-tonne flame-throwing spider is made entirely out of recycled hardware.

With total access underneath and around the spider, Arcadia offers a truly immersive experience, overloading all the senses with music and stunning visual effects. It’s easy to find, too – just look out for giant flames in the sky!

DJs to have performed here include Boys Noize, Jackmaster, Noisia, Groove Armada, Roni Size, Mistajam, Jon Hopkins & many more.

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Unfairground

Billed as “a mind-altering zone for subversive, radical, art and music”, Glastonbury’s Unfairground is a truly surreal experience. Prepare to be blown away by the weird and wonderful world of Jagz’s Acid Lounge, Bez’s Flying Bus, Salon Carousel and Wango Riley’s Travelling Stage.

Block9

Home to Genesys, NYC Downlow, The London Underground and Meat Rack, Block9 has now been at Glastonbury for over 10 years.

This is THE place for underground and alternative electronic music, where epic artwork and sensational arena setups create the ultimate party kingdom all day and all night.

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Kidzfield

Featuring a wealth of children’s favourites, Kidzfield 2017 allows your little ones the opportunity to embrace festival culture in an area designed specifically for them. With acts that your kids will be familiar with, Kidzfield ensures a safe place for all children (big and small).

Theatre & Circus

Hosting almost 400 performances across 11 different stages, the Theatre & Circus area features everything from Kids’ theatre to comedy and cabaret, and everything in between.

The Secret Piano Bar

An underground venue that does not appear on any maps, programmes or line-ups, where well-known artists have been known to turn up for surprise sets, the ever-illusive Secret Piano Bar is said to be set in a different location each year.

In all the years we’ve visited Glastonbury, this mythical venue has always alluded us. Have you ever found it? Let us know in the comments below!

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