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Glastonbury 2015

    Word is there have been two proposals of marriage at the festival so far. The summer of love appears to be kicking off nicely. Do update us at @IndyArts with any other heartwarming stories from the festival
    6/26/2015 9:49:09 AM
    Bastille have confirmed that they'll be playing a now not-so-secret set on the William's Green stage at 1.30pm today. Get ready for a sing-a-long...
    6/26/2015 10:14:33 AM
    The excitement doesn't end there, as Frank Turner will also be popping up at 6pm over on Strummerville.
    6/26/2015 10:15:11 AM
    The rumour mill is also going into overdrive about the hole left in the billing by Florence and the Machine's promotion to tonight's headliners. Word is either Blur or the Libertines could make surprise appearances
    6/26/2015 10:19:03 AM
    There's a gaping hole of silence scheduled for the Pyramid Stage tonight. Emily Eavis has said that a mystery band will be filling it but who's left to play? We reckon The Libertines are the likely lads.
    6/26/2015 10:29:37 AM
    Jamie Merrill: It has started to drizzle at Worthy Farm, though sun is still battling to shine through. There's a massive early crowd to see the Charlatans kick things off at the Other Stage. Far larger than when the Kaiser Chiefs played this slot last year. Tim Burgess doesn't possess the voice he once did and light drizzle isn't helping. But the crowds are still flocking to the Other Stage desperate to see the music get started.
    6/26/2015 10:51:36 AM

    Somewhere in #Glastonbury , sometime this morning, we met the moon. His face was covered in Nivea. @hazelsheffield

    Hazel Sheffield has been admiring the anarchic messages and this portrait of our dear leader (constructed from a montage of riot pictures) at Shangri la 

    6/26/2015 10:59:48 AM
    Massive crowds for both The Charlatans and Pussy Riot on the first day of Glasto. Highly unusual and much bigger than the Kaiser Chiefs in the same slot last year.
    6/26/2015 11:23:07 AM

    Pussy Riot at The Park: "create a culture of rebellion"

    Consensus from our Glastonbury on-site sources is that the mystery Pyramid Stage act this evening will be someone who's played Hyde Park in the last week. Blur?
    6/26/2015 11:28:33 AM
    The other options are Taylor Swift (but not that plausible, surely she'd headline?) and the Strokes (slightly easier to believe...). It's getting exciting!
    6/26/2015 11:33:19 AM
    The name "Albion" has appeared on a piece of techie's duct tape (below) under "Flo" which strongly hints it will be the Libertines - or at least Doherty performing tonight - as Albion, a mythical England, is a frequent theme in his music and poetry as well as the title of a Babyshambles song.
    6/26/2015 12:06:10 PM
    Jamie Merrill: Press tent now wild with speculation over the mystery band who will perform on the Pyramid Stage from 20.20 until 21.30. Blur has been a running favourite all day, but the consensus is now that the Libertines will perform. Official sources remained incredibly tight-lipped, but it now seems fairly certain that it's the Libertines who will step up the plate tonight.
    P.S The drizzle has started again, but it's broadly being welcomed on site, where dust is much more of a problem than any dampness under foot.
    6/26/2015 12:09:34 PM
    Caught short at Glastonbury? Here are some (slightly tongue-in-cheek) suggestions for avoiding the dreaded portable toilets

    Glastonbury 2015: Five ways to avoid the portable toilets at the festival

    The IndependentWhen nature calls either miles from the nearest long drop, or the stench emanating from the block is simply too overpowering, festival-goers must seek an alternative. These handy inventions have long since abolished the need to squat in the bushes, or resort to the adult nappy.
    6/26/2015 12:16:38 PM
    Here are a few fun facts for you, also on the loo-theme:

    - 107,532 toilet rolls will be provided on the site, the equivalent of one roll per person for the entire population of Worthing, or the combined population of the Isle of Anglesey, the Western Isles and the Isles of Scilly

    - 900 metres of urinals have been constructed, the equivalent of just over half a mile, or the length of The Mall in central London

    - 96 "she-pee bays" are on site, each of which has been specially decorated for the occasion
    6/26/2015 12:32:21 PM
    What are the most frustrating clashes Glastonbury-goers will have to choose between today?

    Set times reveal this year's worst Glastonbury clashes

    The IndependentThose of you panicking about the set clashes at this weekend's Glastonbury, the good news is that all the times for the five biggest stages have now been confirmed, meaning you can make your final choices over who to see live.
    6/26/2015 12:42:44 PM
    It's a hot one today, make sure to top up with water at one of 400 taps on-site.
    6/26/2015 12:43:22 PM
    Hazel Sheffield has been chatting to some festival-goers about their thoughts on the line-up. Dexter, Adam, Holly and Woody from Reading are attending their first ever Glastonbury. They're excited for Enter Shikari but are not massive fans of Kanye.

    "A much better headliner should have had that slot, we won't be there anyway" is their verdict. Ouch. See ya later Yeezus.
    6/26/2015 1:03:00 PM

    Dexter, Adam, Holly and Woody are attending their first Glasto!

    6/26/2015 1:03:36 PM
    Gemma Smith is selling milk, milkshakes and drinks for the Masqueraders Carnival Club to raise money for a carnival that goes on locally.

    "There are seven carnivals in November that go through local towns for Guy Fawkes," she told us. "It's been going for hundreds of years. The money from the milk goes towards building an illuminated float. The milk is from Medina Dairies, where Michael Eavis sells his milk."
    6/26/2015 1:04:54 PM

    Gemma Smith is selling milkshakes at Glastonbury

    6/26/2015 1:05:17 PM

    One of the team was stranded - #AddisonLee to the rescue! London to #Glastonbury in 4 hours

    Perhaps the furthest an #AddisonLee has been from London? From the cab to the tent. Such a saviour

    #glastonbury press tent is hot and packed full. @Independent helps the situation by spilling a full pint of Otter real ale over the tables
    In better news for real ale lovers at Worthy Farm. You can now get @Otterbrewery ale right across the festival. Big step forward!
    Emily Eavis says she's seen plenty of people wearing Kanye T-Shirts, so perhaps he won't be booed off stage tomorrow night after all...
    6/26/2015 1:22:08 PM

    Bumped into the lovely @BipLing hanging with Real Lies at the #Glastonbury Peel Tent, braving white Kuccia dungarees

    They look innocent, but @CircaWaves are plotting to jump the Pyramid Stage if Libertines end up playing #Glastonbury

    Emily Jupp went to see James Bay on the main stage at lunch-time:

    Looking like a young Johnny Depp, James Bay opened seemingly along with the heavens on Friday morning with "Sticks and Stones", wearing his trademark fedora, sunglasses and a green jacket with the moniker 'Rodgers' on the pocket. He greeted the ridiculously huge crowd at the Pyramid with: "You just go on forever, it's the most beautiful thing I've ever seen.
    6/26/2015 2:04:18 PM

    Insane crowds by Pyramid. Pretty hot. One guy just collapsed in front of me.

    Emily Jupp hot-footed it over to The Other Stage to catch Everything Everything. Here's what she made of it:

    Everything Everything greeted an apathetic crowd of early afternoon revellers by singing a mix of hits from their first and second albums. "Rumours" and "No Reptiles" were performed with sweaty panache. Lead singer Jonathan Higgs enthusiastically spat the line: "Like a fat child in a push chair old enough to run/ Old enough to fire a gun" and they also introduced brand new material.
    6/26/2015 2:09:26 PM

    And the rain has arrived at #Glastonbury . Here's your classic 'man stuck in a poncho'

    This girls have got it sorted with the only acceptable umbrella to carry at #Glastonbury

    Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes has burst the clouds with her massive voice. A very wet crowd is loving the set

    Jamie Merrill: Crowds coming and going to and from the Pyramid stage are insane. I've never seen such a big mass of people so early before headliners. People seem to be heading back to their tents for wet weather in droves
    6/26/2015 2:36:44 PM
    Hazel Sheffield: Stornoway soundchecked the acoustic tent with 'the animals came in two by two' as the rain poured down just now and indeed they did come in! "Oh my, I'm secretly pleased it started raining!" said frontman Brian Briggs
    6/26/2015 2:44:45 PM
    Tent city is so epic this year

    Stunning aerial photos show how massive Glastonbury really is

    The IndependentQuite why people are describing Glastonbury as tent city is apparent from these stunning aerial photographs of Worthy Farm.
    6/26/2015 2:53:20 PM
    Kanye West T-shirts are reportedly the most expensive this year, but Lionel Richie ones were the first to sell-out this morning. Go Lionel.
    6/26/2015 3:06:49 PM

    Unlikely song dedications: @StornowayBand just played 'Get Low' to celebrate the return of the wild beaver.

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