Glastonbury Tickets Anyone?

The Glastonbury Festival is perhaps the best known and most popular festival in the UK, and the legacy of its name ensures that all tickets are sold out many months in advance of the June event, before any headliners have even been announced. The wait is now over for Glastonbury ticket holders however, as well as those who fancy their chances at grabbing a last-minute ticket, with the publication of the full list of performers across the five-day event.

This year’s festival takes place from Wednesday 22 to Sunday 26 June 2011, with the three biggest nights being the closing weekend. Headliners for Friday, Saturday and Sunday respectively are the massive stadium-fillers U2, Coldplay and Beyonce, ensuring once again that the eclectic music festival satisfies fans of many different genres.

The return of U2 to Glastonbury has been particularly eagerly anticipated by fans and critics alike, with many predicting that the Irish band will deliver one of the most memorable performances of the summer. U2 were originally scheduled to perform at last year’s landmark festival, until singer Bono suffered a back injury and the band was replaced at the last minute by Gorillaz.

U2 isn’t the only classic rock staple to be making a comeback at the Pyramid Stage though, with Manchester music legend Morrissey also performing on the stage 27 years after his former band The Smiths first played at Worthy Farm, in a crowd-rousing event that helped shape the modern Glastonbury Festival.

Many other great singers are billed for the Pyramid Stage too, including Don McLean – famous for his international hit American Pie – and Paul Simon of Simon and Garfunkel fame, who has also enjoyed great success as a solo artist. Blues singer BB King will help extend the range of musical styles even further, at what looks set to be one of the most diverse Glastonbury Festivals yet.

Of course, as one of the UK’s most dynamic events, Glastonbury isn’t just about bringing back classic performers – there’s also plenty of room for up-and-coming acts and modern favourites. Brit winners Mumford and Sons will be playing on the Other Stage, which will also host such indie acts as the Vaccines, the Kills and Jessie J, who won the BBC Critics’ Choice award. So whatever style of music you’re into, pack up your tent, don your fancy dress costumes and head to Glastonbury this June for an event that’s sure to go down in musical history.

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