Glastonbury Festival 2011 Features
A screening of the Glastonbury film prior to its June 29th national launch reminded our reviewer Julian Savitch-Lee quite how important this national treasure really is.
Watch our video highlights from 2011 as we go around the world from Biffy in Beefa to Mr Slim at Snowbombing and all the mud-splattered goodness in-between...
Chris Eustace steps back into his soggy wellies in an attempt to wistfully reminisce about festivals in June. Umbrellas recommended.
Virtual Festivals is the home of having your say and now's your chance to determine the winners of the UK Festival Awards and AIM Awards and give your opinion in our Festival Census.
What makes a successful festival? Alex Fahey looks at the 2011 festival triumphs and enthuses over how the smaller events are getting it right.
Later on this evening, we'll discovery who follows last year's winners The XX and takes home the Mercury Music Prize, but what if their festival performances counted towards who triumphed?
Despite a few hairy moments - not least Cavalera Conspiracy at With Full Force - which also included him losing his clothes, Greg Parmley has returned a record breaker after visiting 26 festivals in 30 days.
The best thing about the Barclaycard Mercury Prize is the arguments. The disagreements and impassioned rows about who the panel missed off the list. That's where we're now at in the office...
We look at what makes the Barclaycard Mercury Prize 2011-nominated albums so great and how they've transposed live at festivals this year. We also check out where else you can catch the nominees this summer.
Buying a festival ticket is the easy bit, but selecting what tent to take with you can make or break your festival experience.
Burgers, chips, falafels, noodles. The grub at Glastonbury can be, shall we say, somewhat underwhelming, perhaps a little kebab house fare. Not, however, through the Pale Blue Door...
Festival-goers have been travelling down a time warp right back to 1971 in a delightful little corner of Glastonbury this weekend.
Virtual Festivals explores the various charitable causes Michael Eavis and the Glastonbury team lend their support to with each Glastonbury Festival.
Glastonbury is a festival, as it says on the ticket, of performing arts. Not music, not aging Irish rock or American bling and booty. Bella's Field, named after the late Arabella Churchill - one of the festival founders, is home to all manner of comedy, cabaret, eccentric theatre and culture.
The Left Field first appeared at Glastonbury nine years ago, mixing "pop and politics" in a way that only Glastonbury can.
A grown man dressing up as the White Rabbit, hiding carrots in his garb and security earpieces in his bonnet?!
Band selection at Glastonbury will always be a cause for debate; be it the headliners (not Coldplay again), the injustices (Noah and the Whale above The Horrors) or the organiser taking a pop at the certain acts (did the Wombles clean up?) - but you sure can't knock the variety.
There's a new venue in town. Join Laura Foster as she enters Campo Pequeno's bullring to marvel at the violent beauty of Mexican Wrestling.
It's 9pm on Thursday night of Glastonbury 2011, and, tucked away in a corner of the Unfairground, the Strummerville campfire is about to be lit once again.
As the giant orb in the sky begins to dip over Worthy Farm at the end of Glastonbury's first full day, Laura Foster follows the hordes up to Stone Circle.
We ask rising popster Oh Land to pick the five acts she can't wait to see at Glastonbury 2011...
With the festival season upon us, now is the time to start planning your summer party calendar. However while you're shouting, dancing and singing along to your favourite band don't let a sore throat put a dampener on your fun...
It may be Disneyland for adults, but it takes a lot to make a successful Glastonbury. Laura Foster dons her specs and delves into the stats to find out exactly what goes into it...
Although Glastonbury 2011 boasts a colourful line-up of lauded dance artists and DJs such as the sonic Fatboy Slim, Carl Cox, Annie Mac and Subfocus, we've selected five must-see dance acts over the weekend.
As Glastonbury 2011 creeps closer, those gaping headliner-sized 'special guest' gaps in the Park Stage almost seem to be expanding, threatening to swallow us all into a black hole of our own curiosity.
Let's just call her 'Louise'. Last year, Louise forgot her ticket and forced her dad to drive from Surrey to Somerset to deliver it. This year, we're helping you save time, effort and the environment by reminding you what to pack before you leave...
The musical rainbow is glowing in full Technicolor again this year at Glastonbury 2011. Fans, whether scenesters tracking the buzz artists or seniors awaiting classic sing along moments, are spoilt for choice. But which side of the musical fence should you fall?
We take a look at five of the must-see performers that will take to the John Peel Stage this year.
If you're planning on crossing the railway tracks and discovering "Glastonbury's Best Kept Secret", we've got the perfect introduction for you.
With Glastonbury 2011 is merely days away, we all know it's unlike any other festival in the world. Here, we present a the goings on that you'll only find happening down at Worthy Farm, videos n all...
Memories are what you make of them, but there have been plenty of wild-eyed, arm spasm-ing beauty on Glastonbury's second tier. Here's the best the Other Stage has to offer this year...
Glastonbury's Pyramid Stage - it summons visions of grandeur, of 100,000-strong crowds watching living legends in the mud.
For the eagle-eyed adventurer, Glastonbury can be a Pandora's box of treats with everything from Hello Kitty lady boys and al a carte restaurants to flushing toilets and cooling stations. You just need to know what to look for...
Glastonbury Festival's West Holts Stage is notorious for hosting the best in bass-heavy music, from hip-hop and reggae to techno, dubstep and soul.
Ever have problems finding your way back to your tent after a long, hard day of drinking and dancing? Do you keep forgetting where your friends are pitched even though they're in the same field as you?
Worthy getting appy about? We install the official Glastonbury smartphone application ahead of Somerset's biggest party.
Endurance? Surely that's surviving five days at Glastonbury with little more than some soggy fags, a rotting jumper and a seat at the Cider Bus? Not if you're Greg Parmley, the man attempting a festival marathon by attending 26 in just 30 days...
Our video guide to the good, the bad and the ugly moments at Glastonbury Festivals of old.
We want your greatest-ever Glastonbury stories!
With Pulp set to make their first festival appearance since 2002 at Primavera Sound 2011 in Spain, Daniel Fahey re-lives their festival history from their unforgettable Glastonbury show in 1995 to their final days at Reading and Leeds.
Barry Ashworth, ex-promoter and the man behind Dub Pistols, takes VF through his Festival Life...
'It feels as if Glastonbury has missed a trick this year - a shame considering we have to wait until 2013 to see if they can make amends.'
'Today Glastonbury announced their line-up before the official release and since it went public my heart rate hasn't yet dropped below cardiac arrest.'
What if you're really looking for the 'other' stage? Here's a guide to the alternative..
I'd like to preface this article by saying that in no means am I claiming these are bands you have not heard of, nor that I am some avant garde indie music god with my ear to the ground and flared nostrils listening and sniffing out any new exciting band that threatens to emerge.
This week, Daniel Lomas looks at biodegradable cups.
Madchester's favourite stone-rockers have reportedly buried the hatchet but who wants to see the second coming now?
Dane Cobain investigates car-sharing with FestivalBudi.com
Continuing our series of eco-friendly gadgets and gizmos that make festival life greener and easier, we're taking a look at the FRANK Water FreeFill scheme, coming to a festival near you this summer.
Luke Morton looks at new ways to make festival-going more environmentally friendly.
We continue our series on how to festival with a conscience.
Virtual Festivals is proud to be celebrating British Pie Week with a special festival pie poll and exclusive competition!
This year, Glastonbury organisers are offering an extra incentive to 'Green Travellers' other than the cleaner air and clear conscience.
The secondary ticketing market is big money. Depending on who you speak with estimates can run into billions of pounds per year but is it fair and are fans losing out?
The first entry in our series on how to festival with a conscience.
The modern tout has evolved. The days of standing in the shadows outside a venue with a fag arching from their lips seem numbered. If fans want a ticket to a sold out show, then they need look no further than the Internet. But that, it would seem, is causing a headache for many people, too. We sent Daniel Fahey to investigate...
Each week we poll the festival-going public about the biggest topics around. Here you can find the results from all the past polls.
After today's (15 February) news that Coldplay will headline the Saturday (25 June) night at Glastonbury Festival 2011, Dane Cobain looks to the past to see what we can expect come June.
Tell us your thoughts on the reselling of concert and festival tickets!
We want to discover what you think - ban the Chinese lantern or set the oriental lights free?
We took delivery of a very precious item the other day - a Festival Crystal Ball, with which we would have the power to know exactly who would be headlining every festival for evermore.
It's freezing outside and the heating is getting expensive, so why not warm up by thinking about the summer festivals? Join us as we gauge the temperature of all the festival gossip.
With snow battering the UK, what better way of looking forward to summer than a BBC Four documentary. Luke Morton took in Festival Britannia for us.
With many of you compiling your lists for Father Christmas, we've not been so lenient at VF Towers. We've locked our writers into a room and asked them to list their favourite albums of 2010...
Thanks, in part, to George Osborne's "unavoidable budget", 2011 looks like it will be the most expensive year for festivals ever. Here we look at the ways to make it as cheap as possible.
After a year out, the Left Field stage returned to Glastonbury and John Bownas spent his weekend finding out if pop and politics can actually mix.