Glastonbury Festival reveals Theatre & Circus line-up

published: Mon 9th May 2016

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Wednesday 22nd to Sunday 26th June 2016
Worthy Farm, Pilton, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, BA4 4AZ, England MAP
£228 - SOLD OUT
daily capacity: 203000
last updated: Mon 20th Jun 2016

Glastonbury Festival has announced the first line-up of entertainment in the Theatre & Circus Fields this year, that will be entertaining thousands of Festival goers daily away from the music stages. The Theatre and Circus (T&C) fields at Glastonbury Festival have revealed some of the acts and attractions it will host this year. Called Glebeland, the Theatre Field, will be kicking off on the Thursday afternoon with walkabout acts, music, mayhem and much, much more.

The THEATRE & CIRCUS FIELDS will be home over the weekend to Natural Theatre Company, Touretteshero and Captain Hotknives, The Beatbox Collective, The Bullzini Family, John Hegley, The Rajasthan Heritage Brass Band, The Flying Dutchmen, Miss Behave, Umami Dance Theatre, LEKIDDO - Lord of The Lobsters!, Abandoman, Bramble FM, Titan the Robot, Bill Ferguson, Beyond Repair Dance, and Buddy Wakefield.

THE ASTROLABE THEATRE sees regulars The Demon Barbers, The Black Eagles, Los Excentricos, BlackSkyWhite, Jonathan Kay, and Stephen Frost's Improv Allstars, joined by Fijian dance show Vou Dance Fiji, Professor for the Public Understanding of Science and a Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford Marcus Du Sautoy, as well as The Sandman, Sir Henry at Rawlinson End, and The 'I Hate Children' Children's Show.

In the CABARET MARQUEE Festival goers can enjoy performances from The Infinite Monkey Cage (with Brian Co, Robin Ince & Ross Noble), Josh Widdicombe, Shappi Khorsandi, Stephen K Amos, Shazia Mirza, Marcus Brigstocke, Josie Long, Mik Artistik's Ego Trip, Murray Lachlan-Young, Joe Lycett, Kevin Eldon, Jeremy Hardy, Micky Bartlett, Paul Currie, Andrew Maxwell, Matt Kirshen, and RSVP.

CIRCUS BIG TOP programme will include performances from Pirates of the Carabina with their new show 'Flown', acrobatics and physical theatre blending Australians Gravity & Other Myths, Oskar & Thony, Space Cowboy, Captain Kidd, Aerial Manx, Fauna, F-Art, Eric Mcgill, Yvette Du Sol, Feeding the Fish, Wookey Hole Circus, and aerialist Alfa Marks.

There are still many more stages including Poetry&Words, The Sensation Seekers Stage, and Mavericks, walkabout acts, comedians, poets and jugglers, trapeze artists, acrobats and entertainers to be announced for the T&C area. 

This field is home to the Tor View Lookout which after it's debut last year has been improved this year and offers a unique perspective on the festival and stunning views westward down the vale of Avalon and onward to Glastonbury Tor. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, the Lookout becomes the venue for one of the most elaborate outdoor shows the T&C Fields have ever staged. With the help of Arts Council England they are putting together a sound and light spectacular  featuring 21st century technology, daring aerial acrobatics and good old fashion vaudevillian delivery.

One of the highlights of the 2013 Festival was the Cardboard Tower; a participatory art installation designed and led by French architectural artist, Oliver Grossetette. It was so successful and so much fun that the Festival have invited him back once again to create a full size replica of St Michael’s Tower, which has stood atop Glastonbury Tor for over five hundred years. The Festival will need help to assemble over 1,300 cardboard boxes in the run up to construction, so Festival goers are asked to lend a hand in the blue and white marquee next to the flying trapeze.

Near Bella’s bridge (dedicated to Arabella Churchill - the founder of the Field) will be the Pissing Pillory. The Festival are taking the problem of not using the toilets seriously this year. If you’re caught short, don’t be tempted to take a tinkle in the bushes; use the loos. Those found with their trousers down will be hauled to the pillory and pelted with sponges soaked in warm and yellow Worthy justice - bleurk!

Tickets for Glastonbury Festival have sold out. This year's full line-up is yet to be announced.

The Friday headliners are Muse, Adele tops the bill on Saturday and Coldplay on Sunday, plus PJ Harvey, Jeff Lynne's Electric Light Orchestra, Art Garfunkel, Cyndi Lauper, Earth, Wind & Fire, The Last Shadow Puppets, Sigur Ros, Ronnie Spector, Ellie Goulding, Explosions In The Sky, Foals, Beck, LCD Soundsystem, ZZ Top, Disclosure, New Order, Skepta, The 1975, Grimes, Annie Mac, Syrian National Orchestra for Arabic Music, Underworld, James Blake, Chvrches, Savages, Floating Points, Laura Mvula, Stormzy, Daughter, Little Simz, Vince Staples, John Grant, Band of Horses, Jess Glynne, Carl Cox, Nao, Fatboy Slim, Bring Me The Horizon, Richard Hawley, The Lumineers, Lady Leshurr, Rokia Traore, Guy Garvey, Kamasi Washington, Jack Garratt, AlunaGeorge, Hinds, Ezra Furman, M83, Kurt Vile (solo), Mercury Rev, Gregory Porter, Madness, Wolf Alice, Baaba Maal, Ernest Ranglin, Bastille, Roisin Murphy, Santigold, Years And Years, Dua Lipa, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Bat For Lashes, Protoje, Two Door Cinema Club, Jake Bugg, Mac DeMarco, St Etienne, Blossoms, Of Monsters and Men, and Lapsley.. Plus the entrants for the Emerging Talent competition Bossy Love, Early Ghost, Gillbanks, Hattie Whitehead, Henry Green, Lady Sanity, Marcus McCoan, and She Drew The Gun.

The line-up for areas of Glastonbury Festival announced so far are:
Silver Hayes Dance Area
The Common Area
Field Of Avalon
Kidz Field

Expect something like 2,000 performances at over 100 venues including music, cabaret, theatre, circus, a fantastic Kidz area, poetry, green crafts and information, site art, decor, and loads, loads more ... much more than just the music, so make sure you check it all out!

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Wednesday 22nd to Sunday 26th June 2016
Worthy Farm, Pilton, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, BA4 4AZ, England MAP
£228 - SOLD OUT
daily capacity: 203000
last updated: Mon 20th Jun 2016

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