Glastonbury 2011: still eclectic

We've known the headliners for some time, but scour the lineup and there's an varied bunch of artists from Kool and the Gang to the Master Musicians of Joujouka

Of course, we already knew about this year's headlining trio of U2, Coldplay and Beyoncé – they were announced in dribs and drabs after weeks of speculation on Twitter. But a quick scan through the rest of the lineup – announced exclusively today via – reveals that Glastonbury has always been about more than just the headliners, as the organisers are so keen to stress. And more than 40 years on since it first started, it's still living up to its eclectic reputation.

Morrissey will take to the Pyramid stage one day, Pendulum on another; the Master Musicians of Joujouka play the same day as U2; elsewhere Gonjasufi, the Horrors and Kool and the Gang will all be making appearances.

Scanning the list, the contrasts continue: politico-comic Mark Thomas "and of course Billy Bragg" – as Glastonbury themselves put it – will hold court on the Leftfield stage, while the East Dance stage has Skepta, Devlin, Professor Green and Giggs. The festival still fills the niches, with punk poet John Cooper Clarke following on from the London Community Gospel Choir and Nashville singers Wine, Women & Song on the Acoustic stage.

You can perhaps see why Glastonbury is hesitant to make it all about the headliners. The Park stage is on glorious form, with Wild Beasts, Caribou, Crystal Castles and Gruff Rhys all playing. The West Holts stage will host the winning trio of Aloe Blacc, Janelle Monae and Big Boi, while Robyn will be followed by the Streets on the John Peel stage.

There really is quite a lot going on that doesn't involve Bono, and for that we should be thankful.

So what are you most looking forward to this year?


Rosie Swash

The GuardianTramp

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