It’s now just one day until the gates of Worthy Farm open and Glastonbury 2019 kicks off in full swing! But it’s not just the big headline acts that keeps the punters coming back in their masses year after year; the creative curiosities of this globally renowned weekender are off the scale. Here’s our top spaces and places beyond the Pyramid Stage to put onto your bucket-list for this year’s party – whether you’re a first-timer or total veteran.
The Park Stage
Described as a fairytale gone wild, expect fancy dress ravers mixed with family friendly vibes.
Electro-legends Hot Chip will be taking to Park Stage this year, as well as spoken-word seamstress Kate Tempest.
Just across the way, Stonebridge Bar plays host to a pool of acts all throughout the day – the top of our list being the primal rhythms of Pearson Sound B2B Ondo Fudd. Four Tet and Ross from Friends also foot the bill here, so it’s not one to be missed.
If you’re lucky enough to stumble upon it after hours and fancy yourself good at answering riddles, you may just gain entry to the Rabbit Hole, where you’ll follow a maze of tunnels in search of mysterious sets at the heart of the labyrinth.
Fancy a drink? Bollywood reigns supreme throughout the theme of Park Bar, or shoot yourself off into space with the celestial surroundings of HMS Sweet Charity – both brilliant choices for a tipple or two.
Dubbed as the dance village of Glastonbury, Silver Hayes is where the real ravers set their roots for the weekend.
This sector of the site has tripled in size since starting up in the 90’s and so has its incredible line up. Daniel Avery, HAAi and Ben UFO represent a small sample of highlights, so your ears will be in a guaranteed state of delight during your stay.
This will be the last year that the Beat Hotel features at Silver Hayes – a hammocked sanctuary for those in need of a spot of respite.
Be sure to come through on Silver Saturday, where the whole space turns into a disco ball explosion – glittery metallic ensemble highly recommended!
Theatre Field / Circus Field / Cabaret Field
If you find yourself wanderlust for more than just music, an early afternoon stroll through these fun-filled fields should tickle your fancy.
Theatre Field fulfils all your dramatical desires, with an extensive array of wacky and whimsical performance and installation pieces, brand new to the festival each coming year. Whether its a marching kazoo band or wandering troupe of bizarrely dressed actors, you’ll find yourself fully immersed in your theatrical side here.
Circus Field invites you in to view its acrobatic showcase spectacular, involving a huge outdoor frame of high wires, trapezes and rope swings – you can even take part in trapeze workshops! However, if you find that you’re not fond of such heights, there’s a smaller outdoor circus stage with interactive street performers ready to wow you with their own styles of street magic.
If you have the time to spare, try and hunt down the Glasto-historically acclaimed Miniscule of Sound. It’s a tiny clubbing cupboard which only holds six people at a time – a sure way to make some new festival friends, even if it is a bit up close and personal!
Cabaret Field is a performance delight, with two small stages dedicated to brilliant burlesque and cosy cabaret performances, alongside a giant comedy stage for those seeking to indulge their funny bones.
A swirl of sensational world music sounds – West Holts is the place to be for those looking for some upbeat, funky vibes to keep them shaking all weekend long.
This is the home of the Glasto Latino Tent, where you can expect some serious samba sounds to get your body moving. There is free Salsa, Tango and Reggaeton classes here in the day if you want to cut some new shapes; or you can slow dance the night away with the soulful songs of Cuban orchestras.
Time to crack out the sequins and peacock feathers and immerse yourself in complete cultural creativity.
A brand sector new to Glastonbury this year – all we know is that the theme is “primordial world”.
Expect a cracking centrepiece for this debut space, which previously hailed as home to the giant mechanical flame-breathing spider of Arcadia. We can’t wait to see what’s in store for this one.
A five-day film festival of cult classics amongst the rubble of car-crash wreckages, fairground rides and various other Mad-Max inspired junk towers – all in front of the biggest screen in the UK.
This post-apocalyptic cinema experience will surely be one to remember – just make sure to book a prime chunk of car in advance if you’re wanting the best views!
Drag-queens galore and the perfect place to call home for the curious clubber inside of you.
Block9 can be found in the Naughty Corner of Glastonbury, featuring a club inside of a derelict tower block next to a battered tube carriage. The whole place is one big downtown bar filled with late-night delights – just be sure to beat rush hour after the headline acts finish to ensure entry!
Highlights here include NYC Downlow’s Thursday night fetish party for those who dare to go bare – only for the bold of heart.
An evil funfair with sculptures of haunted angels, plane-wrecks, motorcycle pile-ups and other industrial disasters – Unfairground is for the anarchist artists and freaks of the festival.
There’s a whole variety of twisted sideshow games, creepy costumes and disturbing stages on show, including The Blind Tiger – a dystopian 1920’s haunt within Elvis’ mouth, and the Salon Carousel – A hotbed for carnival horrors.
Don’t be scared to try the ‘50s Deluxe Diner bar. A retro Rock’n’roll wreckage of a restaurant, home to one of Glastonbury’s finest dining experiences. Lobster in the cock-pit of a smashed up plane? Go for it.
A sacred fantasia right at the edge of the festival, one for the wanderlust travellers.
Shangri-La is one of the most creatively ingenuitive and most spoken about stages of Glastonbury, changing its theme every year to keep punters reeling in awe of what to expect.
This year’s theme is Junkstaposition: Re-Use – Re-Cycle – Re-Sist. We’re thinking an eco-demeneted wonderland will be in store here, but check it out for yourself – this is a must-do-trip on your bucket list.