Bear Grylls and Dave Cameron, fellow Old Etonians – and, like myself, thriving survivors of Boarding School Syndrome – were recently introduced, Grylls tells me at a screening of his new Discovery Channel series Born Survivor. "He was cool, actually," said Grylls with an admirably straight face. "He's got a real presence about him. Politics aside, I thought he was great. Actually not even politics aside: I think his politics are great!"
Can't make it to the Vale of Avalon shindig this year? Never mind! As you slumber in front of the TV, how many of our 50 key predictions can you tick off?
U2, Coldplay and Beyonce are far too safe a line-up for the enduring pop festival, says Elisa Bray
Music festivals were nearly as common in the ancient world as they are in the modern. Though unlike modern festivals, which venerate rock gods, the ancients sought to glorify more ethereal deities. Each spring the Athenians would celebrate the Festival of the Vine Flower, a three day shindig which began with a drinking contest conducted in silence and ended with singing and dancing to "melodies that excite the soul to a mystic frenzy". A description that wouldn't be amiss applied to many a modern festival.
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.
Andy Williams has announced plans to perform at Glastonbury – aged 82. The American crooner said Michael Eavis has invited him to perform at the festival's 40th anniversary next year.
Tickets for next year's Glastonbury music festival sold out in less than 24 hours.
Co-founder of the Big Chill festival
Bruce Springsteen was announced today as the Saturday night headliner for this year's Glastonbury Festival.
'We won't churn out the same Anglo-Saxon bands every year'
Fears of another mudfest, a headlining hip-hop act, and slow ticket sales fail to dampen the Somerset festival. Andrew Johnson reports