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In video: VF's festival review 2011

In video: VF's festival review 2011

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...

Retrospectival: A look back at festivals in June 2011

Retrospectival: A look back at festivals in June 2011

Chris Eustace steps back into his soggy wellies in an attempt to wistfully reminisce about festivals in June. Umbrellas recommended.

Vote in the UK Festival Awards and more

Vote in the UK Festival Awards and more

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.

David and Goliath: how the small festivals are succeeding

David and Goliath: how the small festivals are succeeding

What makes a successful festival? Alex Fahey looks at the 2011 festival triumphs and enthuses over how the smaller events are getting it right.

Above average: Mercury Prize winners on critic's scores alone

Above average: Mercury Prize winners on critic's scores alone

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?

In Video: Record breaker visits 26 festivals in 30 days

In Video: Record breaker visits 26 festivals in 30 days

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.

Mercury Prize: who should have made the shortlists

Mercury Prize: who should have made the shortlists

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...

VF's Mercury Music Live Prize

VF's Mercury Music Live Prize

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.

Pitch perfect: we road-test four Millets tents

Pitch perfect: we road-test four Millets tents

Buying a festival ticket is the easy bit, but selecting what tent to take with you can make or break your festival experience.

We go through the Pale Blue Door at Glastonbury 2011

We go through the Pale Blue Door at Glastonbury 2011

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...

Young at heart: the Spirit of '71 Stage

Young at heart: the Spirit of '71 Stage

Festival-goers have been travelling down a time warp right back to 1971 in a delightful little corner of Glastonbury this weekend.

Glastonbury 2011: Charity starts on the farm

Glastonbury 2011: Charity starts on the farm

Virtual Festivals explores the various charitable causes Michael Eavis and the Glastonbury team lend their support to with each Glastonbury Festival.

Send in the clowns: Cabaret at Glastonbury 2011

Send in the clowns: Cabaret at Glastonbury 2011

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.

Thinking out of the box: Left Field in 2011

Thinking out of the box: Left Field in 2011

The Left Field first appeared at Glastonbury nine years ago, mixing "pop and politics" in a way that only Glastonbury can.

We go down The Rabbit Hole

We go down The Rabbit Hole

A grown man dressing up as the White Rabbit, hiding carrots in his garb and security earpieces in his bonnet?!

VF scribe: I played Glastonbury 2011

VF scribe: I played Glastonbury 2011

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.

We tackle Mexican wrestlers at Glastonbury 2011

We tackle Mexican wrestlers at Glastonbury 2011

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.

Strummerville: a flicker of The Clash frontman at Glastonbury

Strummerville: a flicker of The Clash frontman at Glastonbury

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.

Seeing in the sunset at Stone Circle

Seeing in the sunset at Stone Circle

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.

Glastonbury 2011: Oh Land's five to see

Glastonbury 2011: Oh Land's five to see

We ask rising popster Oh Land to pick the five acts she can't wait to see at Glastonbury 2011...

A handy guide from Strepsils: how to stay well at festivals

A handy guide from Strepsils: how to stay well at festivals

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...

Glastonbury 2011: in numbers

Glastonbury 2011: in numbers

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...

Five must see dance acts at Glastonbury 2011

Five must see dance acts at Glastonbury 2011

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.

The great Glastonbury 'Special Guests' sweepstake

The great Glastonbury 'Special Guests' sweepstake

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.

Glaston-buried by luggage: the ultimate packing checklist

Glaston-buried by luggage: the ultimate packing checklist

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...

Glastonbury 2011: are you a scenester or senior?

Glastonbury 2011: are you a scenester or senior?

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?

Keep 'em Peeled: five acts to see at the John Peel Stage

Keep 'em Peeled: five acts to see at the John Peel Stage

We take a look at five of the must-see performers that will take to the John Peel Stage this year.

Parklife: five to see at Glastonbury's Park Stage

Parklife: five to see at Glastonbury's Park Stage

If you're planning on crossing the railway tracks and discovering "Glastonbury's Best Kept Secret", we've got the perfect introduction for you.

Things that only happen at Glastonbury Festival

Things that only happen at Glastonbury Festival

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...

Other bother: Five Other Stage acts to see at Glastonbury

Other bother: Five Other Stage acts to see at Glastonbury

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...

The Great Pyramid of Pilton: five bands to watch at Glasto

The Great Pyramid of Pilton: five bands to watch at Glasto

Glastonbury's Pyramid Stage - it summons visions of grandeur, of 100,000-strong crowds watching living legends in the mud.

A guide to hidden Glastonbury

A guide to hidden Glastonbury

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...

West Holts Stage: five to see at Glastonbury 2011

West Holts Stage: five to see at Glastonbury 2011

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.

Festival app review: TentFinder

Festival app review: TentFinder

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?

Festival app review: Glastonbury 2011

Festival app review: Glastonbury 2011

Worthy getting appy about? We install the official Glastonbury smartphone application ahead of Somerset's biggest party.

Freewheelin': the man doing 26 festivals in 30 days

Freewheelin': the man doing 26 festivals in 30 days

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...

When Glastonbury shows go wrong!

When Glastonbury shows go wrong!

Our video guide to the good, the bad and the ugly moments at Glastonbury Festivals of old.

Wanted: your best Glastonbury stories!

Wanted: your best Glastonbury stories!

We want your greatest-ever Glastonbury stories!

Pulp: Do You Remember The First Time?

Pulp: Do You Remember The First Time?

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.

My Festival Life... Barry Ashworth, Dub Pistols

My Festival Life... Barry Ashworth, Dub Pistols

Barry Ashworth, ex-promoter and the man behind Dub Pistols, takes VF through his Festival Life...

BLOG: Have Glastonbury produced a Worthy 2011 line-up?

BLOG: Have Glastonbury produced a Worthy 2011 line-up?

'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.'

BLOG: Year for giggle-gold masterclass at Glastonbury

BLOG: Year for giggle-gold masterclass at Glastonbury

What if you're really looking for the 'other' stage? Here's a guide to the alternative..

BLOG: Run from the mill: five obscure bands to catch at Glastonbury

BLOG: Run from the mill: five obscure bands to catch at Glastonbury

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.

Going green: how to festival with a conscience

Going green: how to festival with a conscience

This week, Daniel Lomas looks at biodegradable cups.

Poll: Should The Stones Roses reform?

Poll: Should The Stones Roses reform?

Madchester's favourite stone-rockers have reportedly buried the hatchet but who wants to see the second coming now?

Going green: how to festival with a conscience

Going green: how to festival with a conscience

Dane Cobain investigates car-sharing with FestivalBudi.com

Going green: how to festival with a conscience

Going green: how to festival with a conscience

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.

Going green: how to festival with a conscience

Going green: how to festival with a conscience

Luke Morton looks at new ways to make festival-going more environmentally friendly.

Going green: how to festival with a conscience

Going green: how to festival with a conscience

We continue our series on how to festival with a conscience.

Poll: Tell us your favourite festival pie!

Poll: Tell us your favourite festival pie!

Virtual Festivals is proud to be celebrating British Pie Week with a special festival pie poll and exclusive competition!

Going green: how to festival with a conscience

Going green: how to festival with a conscience

This year, Glastonbury organisers are offering an extra incentive to 'Green Travellers' other than the cleaner air and clear conscience.

Taking tickets at face value: the story of the secondary ticketing business part two

Taking tickets at face value: the story of the secondary ticketing business part two

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?

Going green: how to festival with a conscience

Going green: how to festival with a conscience

The first entry in our series on how to festival with a conscience.

Taking tickets at face value: the story of the secondary ticketing business part one

Taking tickets at face value: the story of the secondary ticketing business part one

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...

Virtual Festivals poll - all the past results!

Virtual Festivals poll - all the past results!

Each week we poll the festival-going public about the biggest topics around. Here you can find the results from all the past polls.

Coldplay: their top five festival shows

Coldplay: their top five festival shows

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.

Should ticket touting be made illegal?

Should ticket touting be made illegal?

Tell us your thoughts on the reselling of concert and festival tickets!

Updated: We predict the headliners of 2011

Updated: We predict the headliners of 2011

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.

Festival rumours round-up 2011: part one

Festival rumours round-up 2011: part one

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.

Festivals Britannia: a TV review

Festivals Britannia: a TV review

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.

Virtual Festivals' Top 10 albums of 2010

Virtual Festivals' Top 10 albums of 2010

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...

Beating the budget: how to swerve the VAT rise for 2011 festivals

Beating the budget: how to swerve the VAT rise for 2011 festivals

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.

Glastonbury's Left Field: Can pop and politics mix?

Glastonbury's Left Field: Can pop and politics mix?

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.

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