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Glastonbury 2024: Greenpeace share plans to promote “protest, activism and voting”

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Glastonbury‘s charity partner Greenpeace has announced its programme for this year’s festival, promising to “change hearts and minds” and encourage “protest, activism and voting” ahead of the UK’s General Election.

This year’s Greenpeace Field is set to focus on three “central pillars” for “effective climate action” – protest, activism and voting. The General Election will take place the week after Glastonbury on July 4.

“Greenpeace is uniting the British public to push the next government – whoever it is – to take climate change seriously,” the charity said in a press release.

The charity have also launched a campaign called Project Climate Vote, which is aiming to raise awareness of how voting is “the most impactful action you can take for the climate”. Greenpeace is asking festivalgoers to “pledge to be a Climate Voter” and vote with the planet in mind while also encouraging others to do the same.

“Project Climate Vote isn’t party political. But it is a vital way to force all political parties to massively up their game,” they said.

The line-up of artists performing at the Greenpeace Field has also been confirmed. Performing this year are Nabihah Iqbal, Cosmo Sheldrake, Liz Lawrence, Myles Smith, Willie J Healey, Kiss Nuka, Moonchild Sanelly, Lambrini Girls, Lynks, Beans on Toast and many others.

There will also be two DJ takeovers from “queer super party” Feel It and Confidence Man Presents: Active Scenes. The iconic 22-metre high Rave Tree is also back and will host a slew of DJ sets, including from Porij.

Greenpeace Field will also hold a talk by primatologist and anthropologist Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace, on the morning of June 28.

Greenpeace Field at Glstonbury. Credit: Press

Glastonbury is gearing up for its return to Worthy Farm from June 26-30, with Dua LipaColdplay, and SZA set to headline the Pyramid Stage. Other major acts on the bill include Shania TwainLCD SoundsystemLittle SimzThe NationalAvril LavigneThe Last Dinner PartyJungleJusticeBloc PartyFontaines D.C.Yard ActArlo Parks and Gossip.

Festival organiser Emily Eavis has been previewing this year’s event in an appearance on the BBC’s Sidetracked podcast, where she confirmed that Glastonbury is likely to take a year off in 2026. “We are due a fallow year,” she said. “The fallow year is important because it gives the land a rest, and it gives the cows a chance to stay out for longer and reclaim their land.”

Glastonbury last took a fallow year in 2018, although no festival was held in 2020 or 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

She also revealed that her dream headliner for the future would be Kate Bush, despite the fact that she has not performed live since 2014, and she discussed the days in the late ‘90s when the festival came close to shutting down for good.

With the festival now just a few weeks away, the full day splits and set times have been revealed – you can plan your whole weekend here. For those not lucky enough to secure a ticket, the BBC have also outlined their coverage for television, radio and online, which you can explore here.

There are a number of new additions for this year’s festival, including Terminal 1, a “re-purposed airport” that will celebrate migration, and a new stage in the Shangri-La area called Arrivals, which will be dedicated to South Asian talent.

Elsewhere on the site, Arcadia’s iconic spider will be replaced by a “giant biomechanical” dragonfly. The Park, meanwhile, will introduce two new venues this year in the form of The Wishing Well and Scissors. These will replace the Rabbit Hole, which has left Worthy Farm after 17 years.

There also remain a few tantalising ‘TBA’ slots on the line-up, which appear to represent secret sets. One such slot is on the Woodsies Stage at 6pm on Saturday, and earlier this week, bookie William Hill suspended betting on that slot being filled by Kasabian, who have been heavily tipped.

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