U2 hit by 'tax dodge' protest at Glastonbury

U2 and Bono, known for their global poverty-fighting efforts, were accused of dodging taxes in Ireland by activists who crashed their performance last night at the Glastonbury festival.

Letter from the editor: Glastonbury experiences

I knew it was tragic before the words were out of my mouth. We were bantering – as you do – in a lame attempt to divert ourselves from the grim news in today’s i when we began reminiscing about Glastonbury experiences.

Album: Beyonce, 4 (Columbia)

There comes a certain point in mass pop culture when it ceases being primarily about the music and simply becomes a matter of numbers, whether it's how much it cost Roger Waters to stage The Wall, or how much U2's latest tour grossed, or how many YouTube hits a Lady Gaga video gets, or how many will be attending the Glastonbury Festival. In each case, the music is pretty much incidental to the experience, which has become an Event into which we now buy.

First Night: Glastonbury Festival, Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset

Fortieth festival begins in spirit – a day before the big bands tune up

After downpour, does anyone still fancy a ticket for Glastonbury?

Rain-hardy revellers, with Hunter wellies, colourful hats, slick waterproofs and a constitution primed for four sleepless nights, began to arrive yesterday at Worthy Farm, Somerset, for the annual Glastonbury festival. And it promises to be a damper affair than the sky-high temperatures that scorched festival-goers last year.

10 best festival essentials

If you’re heading for Glastonbury this weekend, or one of the many musical events this summer, here are a few ideas to make your trip more comfortable.

Glastonbury set for muddy return

Muddy mayhem could make an unwelcome return at Glastonbury Festival this week, forecasters warned today.

Summertime - and the new bands are hot

So many festivals and so many bands. Elisa Bray picks the best rising acts – and highlights the unmissable big names

Album: Wu Lyf, Go Tell Fire to the Mountain (LYF)

After the most successful anti-PR campaign since Godspeed You Black Emperor! (interviews refused, no web presence), mystique-cloaked Mancunian collective Wu Lyf have gone legit, made a website, and even released a record.

Wombles a mistake, says Glastonbury boss Michael Eavis

Glastonbury Festival boss Michael Eavis is lamenting the booking of novelty group The Wombles for this year's event - and said it was a mistake.

Here comes the summer! Your guide to the best festivals of 2011

From U2 at Glastonbury to film and theatre under the stars, literature at Woodstock and the boutique beauty of Green Man, a great summer awaits. Elisa Bray selects the highlights

Glyndebourne attracts the Glastonbury crowd

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