For the first time ever, music fans will be able to download photos of their favourite Glasto bands to their mobile phones while artist are still on stage. Whole sets will also be available online next week
Having successfully launched our ground-breaking new service at last month’s Download festival, Virtual Festivals is proud to be back, offering unique as-they-happen stage photos from just one pound each – only through this very website.
Our photographers will be readily positioned front-row at all the main stages at Glastonbury, to take some of the best shots of the hundreds of bands and artists playing over the weekend.
Images will be uploaded onto the site as they are taken, meaning visitors will be able to download them to their phones, as well as order prints, while the band are still playing their set – slight consolation for those not lucky enough to get a ticket.
Elsewhere, label giant EMI has announced that it is to make recordings of its artists’ performances at Glastonbury, which will be available to download via the Guardian’s website.
Fans will be able to visit http://www.guardian.co.uk/glastonburydownload and access classic tracks, plus recordings to be made this weekend of the likes of The Bees, Starsailor, and the Chemical Brothers.
Adam Freeman, Guardian Unlimited’s head of commercial development, said: “This is a media first for us. EMI has a fantastic range of artists and is constantly looking for creative ways to share its music. This collaboration will bring great music to the massive audience of Guardian Unlimited music fans in an innovative, cost-effective way.”
Whether the service will feature EMI’s biggest star at Glastonbury this year – Mr Paul McCartney – remains to be seen.
Glastonbury 2004 takes place this weekend, 25th-27th June, at Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset.
A huge crew of VF reporters, photographers, and writers will be on site to provide coverage of all the best moments from Wednesday.