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Glastonbury 2008: Diverse bill includes Mark Ronson and Shakin Stevens

Mark Ronson

Story by Jack Foley

IT’S been described by its organiser Emily Eavis as “our most diverse line-up yet” and that’s certainly reflected in the choice of artists taking part in the 2008 Glastonbury Festival.

Artists ranging from Mark Ronson (pictured), The Raconteurs and Shakin’ Sevens will join headline acts Jay-Z, The Verve and Kings of Leon at the world famous festival between June 27 and 29, 2008.

A day after the line-up was leaked on several internet sites, organisers Michael and Emily Eavis have delivered on their promise to make this year’s bill more diverse than ever before.

Other acts appearing include Editors, Panic At The Disco, Massive Attack, Groove Armada and The Fratellis, as well as Goldfrapp, Manu Chao, The Feeling, James Blunt and The Gossip.

But while the organisers appear genuinely excited by the prospect of such an eclectic bill, there have been criticisms from some quarters over the selections, with rapper Jay-Z being singled out as unsuitable by some.

This could be reflected by the fact that there are even “a few” of the 137,500 tickets left on sale – a situation that Emily has attributed to the bad weather at recent festivals.

But she also predicted that the 38th year of the festival would still be a sell-out and hinted at several surprises that were yet to be revealed. Her father, Michael, refused to comment on whether Amy Winehouse was among them.

Main stage line-ups so far

Friday

Pyramid
Kings of Leon
The Fratellis
Editors
Gossip
The Feeling
KT Tunstall
Get Cape Wear Cape Fly
The Subways
Kate Nash

John Peel Stage
Jamie T
The Cribs
Reverend and the Makers
The Kills
The Ting Tings
The Young Knives
Lightspeed Champion
Make Model
Patrick Watson
Roy World

Other
Panic at the Disco
The Enemy
We Are Scientists
Foals
The Hoosiers
Ben Folds
Vampire Weekend
Joe Lean and the Jing Jang Jong
Hilltop Hoods

Jazz World
Jimmy Cliff
Estelle
Fun Lovin Criminals
Special Guest
Candi Staton
Alabama 3
Special Guest
Phantom Limb
Mankala

The Park
Pete Doherty
Dizzee Rascal
John Cale
Edwyn Collins
The Duke Spirit
Operator Please
Sons & Daughters
Santogold
Beggars
Magic Wands
Island Line
The Langley Sisters

Acoustic
Seasick Steve
Sinead O’Connor
Newton Faulkner
Arno Carstens
Eddi Reader
Camille O’Sullivan
Eleanor McEvoy
Devon Sproule
Acoustic Stage Blues Club with Grainne Duffy

Saturday

Pyramid
Jay-Z
Very Special Guest
Manu Chao
The Raconteurs
James Blunt
Crowded House
Seasick Steve
The Hold Steady
Shakin Stevens

John Peel stage
Biffy Clyro
The Futureheads
Band of Horses
The Black Lips
Vampire Weekend
The Courteneers
British Sea Power
Holy Fuck
The Teenagers
Hilltop Hoods
Emmy the Great
Dogtanion

Other
Massive Attack
Hot Chip
Elbow
Duffy
The Wombats
Neon Neon
Black Kids
The Golden Silvers
The Travelling Band

Jazz World
Ethiopiques
Buddy Guy
Imagined Village
Joan Armatrading
Eric Bibb
Massukos
The Blessing
Special Guest
Bedouin Jerry Can Band

The Park
CSS
Battles
MGMT
Very Special Guest
‘Music Through Unconventional Means’ With Shlomo’s Vocal Orchestra & Special Guests
Kool Keith & Kutmaster Kurt
Special Guest
Alphabeat
St Vincent
Jape
Eugene MacGuiness

Acoustic
Gilbert O’Sullivan
The Swell Season Featuring Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova
Glenn Tobrook & The Fluffers
Seth Lakeman
Andy Fairweather Low & The Low Riders
Thea Gilmore
Sid Griffin & The Coal Porters
Emily Maguire
Acoustic Stage Blues Club with Grainne Duffy
The Travelling Band

Sunday

Pyramid
The Verve
Leonard Cohen
Goldfrapp
John Mayer
Gilbert O’Sullivan

John Peel Stage
The National
Spiritualized
Crystal Castles
Brian Jonestown Massacre
The Stars
Rocket Summer
Friendly Fires
The Whip
Yeasayer

Other
Groove Armada
The Zutons
Pigeon Detectives
Mark Ronson
Scouting for Girls
Jack Penate
Newton Faulkner
Black Mountain
The Hoodoo Gurus
Emmy The Great

Jazz World
King Solomon Burke
Eddy Grant
Dub Colossus
Asere & Billy Cobham
Balkan Beat Fox
Almasala
Portico Quartet
Sense of Sound

The Park
My Morning Jacket
Tunng
Vetiver
Caribou
Laura Marling
The Mystery Jets
Kathryn Williams & Neil Macoll
The Cave Singers
Alberta Cross
Mumford and Sons
Alan Tyler & The Lost Sons
Redbridge Brass Band

Acoustic
Joan Baez
Suzanne Vega
The London Community Gospel Choir
Stackridge
Tom Baxter
Tift Merritt
Foy Vance
Acoustic Stage Blues Club with Grainne Duffy
Amsterdam
Lazenby

  1. Ha ha good joke…
    Stevens, Nash, Duffy, Blunt, the Feeling and Winebar all at the same festival!! ha HA HAHAHAHAHAHAHAA!!! LUDICROUS!! Do they want people to stay away? What’s the deal? Are they all pseudonyms for proper bands like Sonic Youth and Janes Addiction? Or has Glastonbury become the new Guilfest!!?? ha ha!!

    Komedy    May 1    #