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Left Field Set To Return in 2010

posted 14 Jun 2009, 16:22 by Paul Holmes   [ updated 21 Feb 2011, 14:41 ]
The updated time stamp above is for administrative reasons only. The article below should still be read as being published on the 15th June 2009.

Today at Worthy Farm, festival founder Michael Eavis talked keenly about the return of the Left Field socialist campaigning organisation, who are absent from the 2009 festival.

Glastonbury, with a reputation for championing social causes, drew some sceptical comments from the festival faithful this year when it emerged that the Left Field wouldn't be present. Some feared the festival was losing it's tradational stance.

In the last week however, the festival announced the presence of high profile environmental campaigners Climate Camp, who will be taking space in the Dragon field, and it looks like there's no retreat from the radical outlook that differentiates the festival from other major live music events.

Talking frankly today, Michael said that the Left Field will be back in 2010, with the much-loved campaigning musician Billy Bragg playing a key role. "It'll probably be a different location... and maybe more than one venue".


"Oh no. The more people that know about this the better", said an on-form Michael, enthusiastically.

Update, 25th March 2010: The festival has recently confirmed the return of the stage.

[The following is in reference to the 2009 festival]

The festival this year will also be promoting testing for Chlamydia, which affects one in twelve of those sexually active between the ages of 15 and 25. If you're a Somerset resident, and in that age group, Info points will give you a kit, and take your sample back to be sent for testing.

Samples will be tested only for Chlamydia folks, not drugs or anything else, and it's easily treatable. And if the health bonus isn't enough, there's goodies for those handing their samples back.

Also in the spotlight is the Million Mums campaign championed by Emily Eavis, seeking to improve the welfare of women giving birth, particularly those in developing countries.

The campaign site says "in Africa and Asia, pregnancy and childbirth are the number one causes of death amongst women of childbearing age, killing more than half a million women each year and leaving an estimated 2 million children motherless"

Photo: Michael Eavis at Worthy Farm today, by GlastoEarth