When will Glastonbury Festival 2023 take place?
23-25 June 2023, with gates opening from Wednesday, 21 June.
Where will Glastonbury Festival 2023 be held?
The same place as always: Worthy Farm, Pilton in Somerset.
Who will headline Glastonbury Festival 2023?
Elton John is the first confirmed Glastonbury headliner for 2023. The Rocket Man has chosen Worthy Farm for his last ever UK performance and his final stop for his triumphant Yellow Brick Road tour, Emily Eavis announced on Friday 2 December.
Of the booking, Emily Eavis said: “It gives me enormous pleasure to let you know that the one and only Elton John will be making his first ever Glastonbury appearance, headlining the Pyramid Stage on the Sunday night next year. This will be the final UK show of Elton’s last-ever tour, so will be closing the Festival and marking this huge moment in both of our histories with the mother of all send-offs. We are so happy to finally bring the Rocket Man to Worthy Farm!”
Guns ‘N’ Roses are now confirmed to be headlining the festival. Duff McKagen seemingly confirmed that the band would be performing on Three Chords & The Truth on SiriusXM radio a while ago. When discussing the band’s upcoming shows, he said “Glastonbury is going to be iconic for us”. Now it’s official.
Arctic Monkeys are the third name atop the bill, returning to Worthy Farm as headliners for the third time.
Backlash against all-white, all-male headliners came thick and fast on the lineup announcement. Emily Eavis, speaking to The Guardian, defended the festival’s decision saying “We’re trying our best so the pipeline needs to be developed. This starts way back with the record companies, radio. I can shout as loud as I like but we need to get everyone on board.”
She continued to say: “It’s not just about gender, it’s about every aspect of diversity. We’re probably one of the only big shows that’s really focused on this.”
There will be more diversity amongst next year’s headliners with Eavis promising that at least one female headliner has been booked for 2024 and one more is close to booking. Both are Glastonbury first timers and speculation is already being made that it could be Madonna and Rihanna, both of who will (hopefully) be back performing live after some time.
The only person who was booked as a headliner for 2020 but is yet to return is Taylor Swift – another Glastonbury first-timer who could be back next year. Emily Eavis did say that they had a female headliner booked for this year but they were forced to cancel. Could Swift’s Eras Tour have scuppered her Glastonbury plans?
What about the rest of the Glastonbury lineup?
54 artists have been announced so far on the Glastonbury bill. 52% of them are male and 46% feature a non-white member. Lizzo has been billed as a co-headliner (what that means is yet to be seen). Lana Del Rey will return to Glastonbury – although she’s displeased about her position on the bill – and The Chicks and FLO will play Worthy Farm for the very first time. Other notable additions are Raye, Rina Sawayama, Maggie Rogers and Weyes Blood.
How can I get tickets for Glastonbury 2023?
First, you must be registered. Check your registration status or start a new registration here. Tickets went on sale on Sunday 6 November 2023 and sold out within one hour – longer than usual due to a technical fault.
A £50 deposit (plus coach fare if booking a ticket + coach travel) is payable when booking in November, the balance is then payable in the first week of April 2023. Ticket prices have increased by £70 since 2019 with the 2023 tickets costing £335 plus a £5 booking fee, up from £265 plus a £5 booking fee in 2019. Tickets will be exclusively sold at glastonbury.seetickets.com.
When is the Glastonbury 2023 resale?
Resale tickets for Glastonbury 2023 will go on sale in April. Date TBC.
What’s new for Glastonbury 2023?
The John Peel stage will be renamed Woodsies. A move, Emily Eavis says, to name the stages after the fields in which they stand and not a response to a petition to have the stage renamed due to Peel’s alleged ‘s comments about underage women and marriage to a 15-year-old (when he was 25).
More on all things Glastonbury 2023 as we have them. This article will be regularly updated. While you wait, you can bet some of the artists behind the best albums of 2022 will be on the bill. Check out the list.