Despite the avuncular hands-on-manship of Michael Eavis, Glastonbury really is a big commercial affair these days. With its nine stages, the festival boasts many more acts than its rivals and while the headliners - REM, Manic Street Preachers (left) and Skunk Anansie - might seem uninspiring choices, they are guaranteed crowd-pleasers. The undercard features more big names, including Texas, The Corrs and Underworld, together with a clutch of buzz bands such as Pavement, Gomez and Mercury Rev. There are all sorts of surprises including Joe Strummer, Al Green, Suzanne Vega, while the Dance Tent looks particularly solid with the highlight likely to be the Hip-Hop Phenomenon on 27 June. The biggest question mark hangs over the weather.
Surely it must be third time lucky?
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