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Lou Reed to perform with Gorillaz at Glastonbury

Music legend Lou Reed is preparing to make a guest appearance with Gorillaz as they headline Glastonbury Festival, it was confirmed today.

Glastonbury set for 40th birthday in the sunshine

"Please bring sun protection with you!" announced the Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis yesterday. It will be music to the ears of the 180,000 who will descend on Worthy Farm over the next few days.

BBC defends staffing levels at key events

The BBC today defended its staffing levels for the World Cup, Wimbledon and Glastonbury, saying such events help in "bringing the nation together".

Glastonbury at 40: From hippyville to international music festival

The Glastonbury Festival has come a long way since its humble beginnings as the Pilton Pop, Blues & Folk Festival. First held in September 1970, attended by 1,500 and featuring T. Rex as its headline act, founder Michael Eavis would have been hard pressed to predict that 40 years later it would be Europe’s biggest music festival.

Ignore the cynics, Glastonbury's still got it

It may be more mainstream than ever, but Worthy Farm is still the first stop for magical memories, says Rob Sharp

An appreciation: Glastonbury at 40

Happy birthday, Glasto! To celebrate, Jonathan Brown meets 10 workers who sum up the festival's unique spirit

The festival goer's cheat guide



If you’re attending Glastonbury or Bestival this summer and want to avoid stinking portable loos, greasy hair and trench foot, check out our festival goer’s cheat list for 10 must-haves which will save your dignity.

Grass Stains, By Kirsty Robinson

One literary agent refuses to read past the first page of submissions which begin with the protagonist waking up hungover. There is much to be said for that policy. Grass Stains begins with a hangover, which pretty much sets the tone for all that follows.

A people-watcher's guide to festivals and festival-goers

The UK is alive with festivals: musical, literary, foodie and more. Alice-Azania Jarvis identifies some of the exotic sub-species to be spotted in these summer habitats. Illustration: Simon Spilsbury

Gorillaz lead Glastonbury

Gorillaz will replace U2 as a headline act at next month's Glastonbury festival. The band, whose esoteric stage act features a combination of holograms and cartoon characters, has agreed to the spot a day after the U2 frontman Bono announced that his band would pull out because he needed to recover from a back injury. The band has also postponed 16 shows on the North American leg of its tour.

Nick Hasted: Florence more likely to top the bill than Stones

Bono's back injury means that U2 has been replaced by the far less comforting letters "TBC" on the Glastonbury website. Speculation on an act to fill this sudden hole at the top of Friday night's bill has fixed on the Rolling Stones.

U2 pull out of Glastonbury after Bono operation

U2 have cancelled their headline slot at Glastonbury after singer Bono was told to rest for at least two months following emergency surgery, it was confirmed today.

U2 postpones tour after Bono injures his back

U2 have postponed the relaunch of their U2 360 tour, after lead singer Bono injured himself while preparing for the opening night.

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