Preview: Glastonbury Festival 2023

Photo: Andrew Allcock.

In just one week Glastonbury Festival will be opening its gates to thousands of revellers. The festival, the world’s largest green field performing arts festival, has hundreds of stages and thousands of performances day and night over a full five days, from Wednesday 21 June until the early hours of  Sunday 25 June.

To many who haven’t yet graced the fields of Worthy Farm, where farmer Michael Eavis founded the festival on his working dairy farm in 1970, the festival conjures images of music superstars blasting hits from the famous Pyramid Stage to a see of festival-goers. This year is no different with acts like Elton John, Arctic Monkeys, Yusuf / Cat Stevens, Blondie and Lewis Capaldi all performing across the weekend. Others may think of the tales of debauchery they have heard rumours of in the festival’s so-called South East Corner.

But what some people may be less aware of is the vast array of alternatives to music and late night mischief that are available across the festival; no less so than in the Theatre & Circus fields where over 1000 performers from around the world will perform from mid-morning right through to the wee small hours.

Comedy, cabaret, circus, poetry, clowning, juggling, magic – you name it, it’s there; and we’ll be there to take you where the television cameras don’t always reach. Between now and the festival coming to close in the early hours of the Monday morning, we’ll be bringing you previews of eighteen Theatre & Circus areas, interviews with some of the most exciting acts and reviews of the best of what’s happens on-site, as well as daily round-ups through the weekend.

You’ll hear from poets like Murray Lachlan Young, Luke Wright and Travis Alabanza, the finest comics including Paul Currie and Kane & Abel, and the best of theatre from John Robertson’s The Dark Room, Cirque du Vulgar and Splash Test Dummies.

So, whether you’re attending the festival, or looking on from afar; come with us to Glastonbury Festival 2023.