GlastoEarth Exclusive, 5th March 2009
Early rumours heard by GlastoEarth hint at a few previously undisclosed changes being considered for the 2009 festival. The Queens Head may relocate to the corner previously occupied by Left Field, the cinemas moving to share the same field as Acoustic, and finally the hospitality camping in central back stage might be moved out to the old cinema field.
In recent years, the Queens Head has been drawing bigger crowds, with an increasingly strong line up. In 2009, Elbow played a packed small scale gig at this stage, in addition to their full scale slot on the Other Stage. They went on to win the Mercury Prize, the UK's most prestigious popular music award. Many festival goers have complained about sound clash between the Queens Head and the Other Stage. This new potential location could answer those criticisms.
The main cinemas, traditionally an out of the way affair, and giving the nearby campers good reason to pack their earplugs, may end up soaking up the spare space around Acoustic, along with the existing Red Flag real ale tent. Previously a religious group ran the two storey Common Ground cafe in this field, but were later banned from the Reading Festival, and were subsequently absent from Glastonbury in 2008.
With the move of the cinemas, those in the north west could have an easier night's sleep, but family camping regulars in the Cockmill Meadow, close to the new location, may be needing a few more earplugs.
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