Recharge Your Activism at Glastonbury 2017: Left Field Line-Up Announced
This year’s Left Field could go one of two ways. With an impending election, festival goers with a left-leaning political stance could either be dancing around the Left Field in celebration of a Labour Party victory, or pondering what misery the next five years is going to bring under a Tory government.
Whatever the election result, it goes without saying that Glastonbury’s Left Field is a hub for the politically charged to sound a collective rally cry in unison. As with 2016, 2017’s line-up in the Left Field area of the festival is headlined by left-wing political commentator Billy Bragg, who will undoubtedly have a few lessons up his sleeve for all to learn from.
Joining Billy to mix pop with politics are several debate panels, discussing Brexit and Culture on Friday, Solidarity and Fake News on Saturday, and Democracy and Hope on Sunday. These talks feature prominent figures in each respective field (we mean field of expertise, they won’t be shouting across the whole Glasto site), including Independence Scotland, Ava Vidal, Black Lives Matter UK, Crole Cadwallader, John McDonnell, and Yanis Varoufakis.
If politics isn’t your bag, however, you can still enjoy some quality musical artists, as Cabbage and Nadine Shah join the stage on Friday, Beans on Toast and Alison Moyet on the Saturday, and Declan McKenna and Dreadzone top things off on the Sunday. If you do fancy having a political debate, you can rest assured that you can dance out your ire to the more melodic facets of Left Field.
The Left Field takes place at Glastonbury Festival 21 – 25 June at Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset. For the full line-up, photos, videos and ticket information head over to our Glastonbury Festival page.
Author: Ste Knight