Glastonbury Festival

  1. Glastonbury Festival Founder Michael Eavis To Receive U.K.'s MITs Award

    May 16, 2014 2:36 AM EDT Michael Eavis, the dairy farmer who turned a small concert on his property into the world-famous Glastonbury Festival, is this year’s recipient of the prestigious Music Industry Trust’s Award.  Eavis will be recognized for his “outstanding contrib ...

  2. Glastonbury Headline Slot Propels Mumford & Sons To U.K. Chart Peak

    July 08, 2013 6:26 AM EDT The “Glastonbury effect” shot closing night headliners Mumford & Sons back to the top of the new U.K. album chart on Sunday, also boosting sales for bill-toppers the Rolling Stones and Arctic Monkeys. On the singles chart, John Newman, the Y ...

  3. Why Jay-Z Is a Model For Entrepreneurs: Guest Post by Jason Hirschhorn

    August 23, 2012 12:24 PM EDT If you read this blog or follow me on Twitter you know I'm a big Jay-Z fan. His talent, music, swagger, outlook on life and art and most of all his story. Jay grew up in the Marcy Projects in Brooklyn, New York. A former drug dealer, he hustl ...

  4. Music Matters Conference Recap: Troy Carter; Spotify; The Rise of Asian Music Fests

    June 01, 2012 11:00 AM EDT Lady Gaga manager Troy Carter delivering the keynote address at the Music Matters conference in Singapore. (Photo: Crowded Studios) Music Matters , Asia's premiere music conference, held another successful edition, its 8th, digging into subst ...

  5. SXSW Q&A: Bob Ferguson of Oxfam Talks Social Media and Social Responsibility

    March 14, 2012 5:45 PM EDT Billboard.biz caught up with Bob Ferguson, Manager of Creative Alliances & Music Outreach for Oxfam, during SXSW 2012. Billboard.biz: Tell us about Oxfam and your role in the organization? Bob Ferguson: Oxfam is a humanitarian organization tha ...

  6. John Peel's Extensive Record Collection Goes Online

    February 23, 2012 5:02 PM EST Part of the late venerable radio DJ John Peel's extensive record collection will be available online via a British Arts Council project called The Space, according to the BBC . The John Peel Centre, located in Stowmarket, England, has set out ...

  7. Glastonbury, Paolo Nutini Among Winners At U.K. Festival Awards; Festival Republic CEO Melvin Benn Delivers Conference Keynote And Talks Exclusivity

    November 16, 2011 11:45 AM EST Headline performances from Beyonce, U2 and Coldplay helped Glastonbury win the best major festival award at the eight annual U.K. Festival Awards, held in London last night (Nov. 15). The title of best medium sized festival went to Secret Garden P ...

  8. Beyonce, Others Enjoy 'Glastonbury Effect' on UK charts

    June 29, 2011 1:22 PM EDT LONDON (Reuters) - Beyonce heads the British album charts at the midweek stage, with "4" outselling its nearest rival by three to one boosted by her weekend appearance at Glastonbury, sales data showed on Wednesday. According to the Offi ...

  9. Eminem, Coldplay, Muse, Foo Fighters Headlining Lollapalooza 2011

    April 26, 2011 7:43 AM EDT Eminem, Coldplay, Foo Fighters and Muse will help Lollapalooza ring in its 20th anniversary as the headliners of the annual U.S. music festival. The full lineup for Lollapalooza 2011, which will invade Chicago's Grant Park on August 5-7, was ...

  10. Eminem, Muse, Foo Fighters to Headline Lollapalooza 2011

    February 09, 2011 2:04 PM EST Eminem, Muse, and Foo Fighters will be rocking Chicago's Grant Park this summer as three of the headliners at Lollapalooza 2011, which will take place Aug. 5-7. The news was first reported by the Chicago Tribune, and although festival promote ...

  11. Pulp Reforms, Confirms European Festivals

    November 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST Britpop band Pulp has reformed and will play shows in 2011. The band from Sheffield in the north of England has been on hiatus since 2002 and frontman Jarvis Cocker has pursued a solo career. The reunion features the full original line-up, which h ...

  12. Glastonbury 2011 Sells Out

    October 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The 2011 Glastonbury festival has sold out within hours of tickets going on sale. Tickets for next year's U.K. event, due to be held June 22 to 26 at Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset, went on sale 9am BST yesterday morning (Oct. 3) and sold out ...

  13. Reading/Leeds Boss: GNR Must Pay Any Curfew Breach Fine

    September 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Festival Republic managing director Melvin Benn tells Billboard.biz "it's been another good year" for his events. As he looks back over a strong U.K. festival season, he makes Axl Rose 's antics at Reading and Leeds Festivals s ...

  14. HMV Heads To High Voltage Fest

    July 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. entertainment retailer HMV will operating a festival shop - branded as the 'hmvfestival shop' - at the High Voltage festival in London at the weekend (July 24-25). It follows the shop's first outing at the Lovebox festival last ...

  15. Stevie Wonder Dedicates Glastonbury Set To Jackson

    June 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Motown legend Stevie Wonder closed the Glastonbury music festival on Sunday (June 27) with a set that spanned his long and successful career, delighting a huge crowd of some 100,000 cheering revelers. The 60-year-old dedicated his performance to M ...

  16. Fans Start Arriving At Glastonbury

    June 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Glastonbury Festival does not officially begin until tomorrow, but thousands of fans have started arriving on site today (June 23) to set up camp for the week ahead. The gates are open at Worthy Farm in Somerset and those who do arrive early will ...

  17. Gorillaz Replaces U2 At Glastonbury

    May 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Gorillaz has stepped in to replace U2 at Glastonbury festival. Damon Albarn 's animated pop act will make its only U.K. festival appearance this summer at Glastonbury on the Pyramid Stage on Friday, June 25. U2 has pulled out because of a ser ...

  18. U2 Pulls Out Of Glastonbury, Reschedules U.S. Tour

    May 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U2 has been forced to withdraw from its headline slot at Glastonbury festival in the U.K., following medical advice for frontman Bono . He will be out of action for at least eight weeks. The band had been booked to play its first ever Glastonbury ...

  19. U.K. Glade Fest Nixed

    May 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Glade Festival has become the first victim of the U.K. summer festivals, with organizers blaming its cancellation on the increased requirements for policing, security and stewarding. The 15,000-capacity event was scheduled to feature Orbital, ...

  20. Stevie Wonder To Headline Hard Rock Calling

    March 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Stevie Wonder will headline the Hard Rock Calling Festival in London's Hyde Park on June 26. The supporting bill for the 50,000-capacity show includes Jamiroquai, James Morrison and Corinne Bailey Rae. Stevie Wonder has also been tipped to pl ...

  21. BBC Worldwide Snags Glastonbury Fest

    February 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST BBC Worldwide Music, part of the commercial arm of the publicly funded U.K. broadcaster, will be the exclusive television and radio distributor for this year's Glastonbury Festival. While the BBC has broadcast the festival in the U.K. since 1 ...

  22. Glastonbury Fest Gets License To 2016

    February 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST The organizers of the U.K. Glastonbury Festival have secured a license from the local council to stage the event until 2016. Mendip District Council said the team behind Glastonbury, including founder Michael Eavis who established the event in 197 ...

  23. Stevie Wonder May Headline Glastonbury Fest

    February 03, 2010 12:00 AM EST Stevie Wonder and alt-rock band Muse could join U2 as the headline acts at the 2010 Glastonbury Festival this summer. Organizer Michael Eavis discussed the acts to play the 40th anniversary event, held on June 23-27, during a session at the Event ...

  24. U2 To Headline Glastonbury

    November 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST U2 has been confirmed as a headline act for the U.K.'s Glastonbury Festival in 2010. The Irish band will make their first appearance at the festival in Somerset next year, which also marks 40 years since the first Glastonbury Festival. U2 hea ...

  25. Glastonbury 2010 Sells Out

    October 05, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The 2010 Glastonbury festival has sold out within 12 hours of tickets going on sale. Tickets for the U.K. event at Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset went on sale Oct. 4 at 9am BST, but at 9pm, the festival's official Web site posted a message ann ...

  26. Festival Republic Takes Control Of Big Chill Fest

    September 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. festival and event promoter Festival Republic has taken majority ownership of the Big Chill Festival. The festival, which marked its 15th year this summer, is staged at Eastnor Castle, Herefordshire. It takes place next year on Aug. 5-8. The ...

  27. Glastonbury 2010 Ticket Details Confirmed

    September 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Organizers of the U.K.'s Glastonbury festival have confirmed that tickets for the 2010 event will go on sale at 9am on Oct. 4. The festival will run June 23-27. The line-up is traditionally announced nearer the time after tickets have sold ou ...

  28. Arctic Monkeys Releasing Single Via Charity Stores

    August 04, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. alt-rock band Arctic Monkeys has partnered with British charity Oxfam for the release of its next single "Crying Lightning." A limited-edition 7-inch version of the Josh Homme-produced track goes on sale throughout Oxfam's nati ...

  29. Glastonbury Sales Surge On Amazon

    June 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Online retailer Amazon.co.uk has reported a surge in sales for acts featured at the U.K.'s Glastonbury festival, which had extensive media coverage over the weekend. The event was broadcast on multiple BBC TV and radio channels as well as onl ...

  30. Glastonbury Gets 1.9 Million Ratings Peak

    June 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. rock act Blur's headline set at Glastonbury got 1.9 million viewers for the BBC's live coverage of the final night of the festival. Blur, who reformed for summer dates, wrapped the 170,000-capacity event on the Pyramid Stage in Some ...

  31. Glastonbury Tributes For Michael Jackson

    June 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT This weekend's Glastonbury Festival in the U.K. is set to feature musical tributes to Michael Jackson, while the site is wet and muddy for yet another year. Australian pop act Gabriella Cilmi performed part of Jackson's "Billie Jean ...

  32. Festival Season Starts With Optimism Despite Economic Challenges

    April 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT With the summer music festival season just around the corner, leading international festival producers insist that the difficult economic climate isn't putting a serious crimp on business, with key promoters reporting that ticket sales are on ...

  33. Sonisphere Fest Launches Deposit Scheme

    March 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT New rock festival Sonisphere has launched a deposit scheme for its U.K. event at Knebworth on Aug. 1 and 2. Metallica and Linkin Park will headline the 60,000-capacity festival. Organizers said they were inspired by the success of the Glastonbury ...

  34. Glastonbury Deposit Scheme Back For 2010

    March 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Glastonbury organizer Michael Eavis says his new deposit scheme will "definitely" return in the fall for the 40th anniversary next year of the first ever Glastonbury festival. Last year the festival at Worthy Farm in Pilton, Somerset str ...

  35. Young Confirms Two More U.K. Fests

    March 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Neil Young will headline the closing day of the U.K.'s Glastonbury festival on June 28, as well as the Hard Rock Calling event the day before in London's Hyde Park. Young has already been announced as a headliner at the Isle Of Wight Fes ...

  36. Young Headlines Isle Of Wight Fest

    March 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST Neil Young will headline the U.K.'s Isle Of Wight Festival, closing the event on Sunday, June 14. Young is also strongly rumored to be the final headline act to be confirmed for Glastonbury Festival, held June 24 to 28, alongside U.K. rock ac ...

  37. Springsteen Confirmed For Glastonbury

    February 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST Bruce Springsteen has been confirmed to headline the U.K.'s Glastonbury festival on June 27. The Saturday night slot was occupied by Jay-Z last year. Springsteen's booking for the 170,000-capacity event at Worthy Farm in Somerset follows ...

  38. Springsteen To Rock London's Hyde Park

    February 10, 2009 12:00 AM EST Bruce Springsteen will make his U.K. festival debut at this year's Hard Rock Calling event, held June 27 to 28 in London's Hyde Park, according to organizers. Announced as the June 28 headliner with his E Street Band, Springsteen will he ...

  39. Strong Sales For Glastonbury

    February 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST Organizers of the U.K.'s Glastonbury festival have reported strong sales, following the introduction of a deposit scheme. Around 137,500 tickets went on sale on Oct. 5, priced £175 ($248.33), but festival-goers were also able to reserve a tic ...

  40. Eavis Honored At MIDEM For Green Glastonbury

    January 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST Michael Eavis was presented with the MIDEM Green World award in Cannes, in recognition of the environmental achievements at the annual music festival. Eavis has organized Glastonbury since its launch in 1970 on his 500-acres dairy farm in Somerset ...

  41. Green World Award For Glastonbury Founder

    December 22, 2008 12:00 AM EST Michael Eavis, founder of the U.K.'s Glastonbury festival, will receive a Green World Award at the MIDEM international music market in Cannes, which runs Jan. 18 to 21. The award, to be presented Jan. 19, recognizes the annual Glastonbury eve ...

  42. Glastonbury, Ting Tings Named U.K. Festival Favorites

    October 31, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Michael Eavis' Glastonbury festival bounced back after a year of media scrutiny for slower ticket sales and his choice of a hip-hop act, Jay-Z, for headliner as the event won in three categories at this year's U.K. Festival Awards. At th ...

  43. Glastonbury Founder To Be Honored At Festival Awards

    October 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Michael Eavis, founder of the Glastonbury festival, will receive the outstanding contribution award at the U.K. Festival Awards held Oct. 30 at London's Indigo venue. Eavis established the iconic outdoor music event in 1970, originally as the ...

  44. Glastonbury Unveils Advanced Booking Scheme

    August 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Glastonbury Festival has rolled out an advance booking system for the 2009 event, which will take place June 24-28 at Worthy Farm, Somerset. The iconic music festival suffered from slower sales this year after tickets were made available in April. ...

  45. Glastonbury Shines On, Retailers Say

    July 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Glastonbury Festival may have closed its gates on another edition, but the goodwill from this year's June 27-29 event continues to flow at the tills. Jay-Z's firework on the main Pyramid Stage has translated into a huge sales rises at re ...

  46. HMV To Sell Glastonbury Tickets

    June 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT HMV is to, temporarily, add Glastonbury Festival tickets to its inventory. The market-leading British music and entertainment retailer will sell the remaining tickets over the counter for the 2008 festival. Seven of HMV's major branches aroun ...

  47. Eavis Keen For 10 More Years At Glastonbury Helm

    May 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Michael Eavis says he has the energy for another decade as maestro of Glastonbury Festival. Speaking to Billboard, the man behind Britain's most famous music event says he has no immediate plans to relinquish responsibilities for Glastonbury ...

  48. Power Starts New Comedy Fest

    April 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Vince Power is trying his hand at comedy. The Irish entrepreneur is behind the launch of the Mighty Boosh Festival, to be held July 5 at the 30,000 capacity Hop Farm in Tonbridge, Kent. The following day, the site in south east England will host P ...

  49. The Billboard Q&A: Vince Power

    April 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The former Mean Fiddler man refashioned the British festival business. Now he's talking about his comeback.Vince Power's new mantra, "Back to basics," should be enough to make the touring biz sit up and take notice. Power, afte ...

  50. Glastonbury's $144 Million Effect

    April 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT It might not have the same box office potency as in years past, but the U.K.'s Glastonbury Festival is still a serious money-spinner, according to the findings of a new report. The three-day live music carnival last year generated more than £ ...

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