Elton John performs in Michigan as part of the Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour in 2018.
Elton John is still standing after at least five previous retirement announcements. An expert in music psychology explains why intrinsic motivation is behind many musicians’ reluctance to retire.
‘To hell with going to the beach.’
Your guide to what is going to become of the great British summer bonanza.
Portrait of waste recycler Liberia Mapesmoawe in South Africa.
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From oil disasters in Mauritius to street artists in South Africa, the story of rubbish in the media helps shape popular culture and environmental change.
One for the heads (sets).
From VR music festivals to immersive meeting spaces, headsets are go.
50/50: Kylie Minogue and Nick Cave duet at Glastonbury, June 2019.
Why 50/50 festival line-ups are not an easy solution to gender inequality.
Stormzy sets the crowd alight in 2019.
From the hippie heaven of the 1970s to the massive mainstream event it is now, Glastonbury has always found a way to fuse popular culture with a potent political message.
Centre for the Study for Christianity and Culture, University of York.
New archaeological research on Glastonbury Abbey pushes back the date for the earliest settlement of the site by 200 years – and reopens debate on Glastonbury’s origin myths.
Is impartiality a red herring in the age of blogs and social media?
Pop music has lost the political edge it had in the 1970s. But there are signs that may be returning.
Festival-goers are changing and their expectations of what makes a headline act are becoming more diverse.
Imagining the 100th anniversary festival, after decades of severe climate change.
Any T left?
T in the Park is on the rocks. So what else is new?
Glastonbury: home away from spiritual home.
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Jump on the Glastonbury bus, bring your tent back home afterwards, and promote long term behaviour change.
When did revellers stop rebelling?
A chance to shine: festivals bring fringe benefits.
Forget the main stage headliners, the real festival heroes might be selling you crocodile burgers and mango smoothies.
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It seems like every year there is controversy over Glastonbury lineups and the worst sin in popular music – that of “selling out”.
Good old fashioned fun.
Future archaeologists sifting through Glastonbury’s earth will look for clues as we do at Stonehenge.
Alive and kicking.
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The rock promoter thinks festivals are on the way out. But he couldn’t be further from the truth.
Utopia, or corporate hell?
Today, British music festivals are big business. So you’d be forgiven for assuming that they’d morphed into mere simulations of the politically wrought 60s counterculture that was the foundation of the…
The pyramid of pop.
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Why do people go to Glastonbury? No, it’s not a rhetorical question. Once you take away socialising, camping, sex, drugs, fast food, crystal healing, herbal remedies, face painting and sunburn/mudsliding…