Glastonbury Unveils New Stage

Starring Mos Def, Matthew Herbert and more
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The organisers of Glastonbury have unveiled details of a special new stage starring Mos Def and many more.

Glastonbury began life as a small scale get together on a farm, and to a large extent has never really lost that atmosphere. Sure, the anarchy of days gone by may have been sedated but the Somerset event remains a class apart.

This year Michael Eavis has unveiled details of a special new stage. Replacing the Jazz World stage, the newly formed West Holts stage will occupy the same location but with a different ethos.

"We're going back to the real roots of Worthy Farm and its history with the name change for the stage," says Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis.

"West Holts was a 'halt' originally; one of the two places where we had to open the level crossing gates across the old railway line to get the cattle through for milking. It was a fair walk up to the farm, just as it is now, and those cows took some driving!"

Headlining the inaugural edition of West Holts will be American rapper Mos Def. An underground hip hop star, the rapper's slick rhymes and deft production have brought him huge respect.

Now almost as well known for his acting skills, Mos Def will be joined by a varied bill including Mariachi El Bronx, Femi Kuti, Maathew Herbert Big Band and more.

George Clinton is set to drop by with Parliament / Funkadelic, while Jerry Dammers Spatial AKA Orchestra are also due to perform.

Brazilian legends Os Mutantes will a South American flavour to the stage, while Devendra Banhart will be performing tracks from his latest slice of psych-pop wonder.

Glastonbury takes place between June 24th - 27th.

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