Glastonbury

The Spectator Podcast: The Corbyn delusion

29 June 2017 14:39

On this week’s bumper episode we discuss the cult of Corbyn, sharia courts, the golden age of gossip, and orchid delirium.…

Jeremy Corbyn: the nation’s therapist

28 June 2017 11:23

Comparisons between Jesus and Jezza became commonplace long before he chose to end his election campaign with a rally at…

Despite everything, I love Glastonbury – and I wasn’t the only one booing Jeremy Corbyn

26 June 2017 17:07

‘You don’t look like Radiohead fans, lads,’ said the old fashioned Northern lady as she served Boy and me our…

Corbynism is bigger than Glastonbury and avocado toast

26 June 2017 16:52

Glastonbury is notorious for being one of the most irritating spectacles in the British calendar, so it is hardly surprising that,…

Britain is in desperate need of a truly national party

26 June 2017 7:58

I am not sure I can think of any great public assembly in Britain I’d enjoy less than Glastonbury. Within…

Jeremy Corbyn and the cult of anti-knowledge

25 June 2017 12:50

A funny thing happened on the way to the revolution. On Saturday, thousands of earnest millennials – and better-humoured Gen-Xers…

Glastonbury wouldn’t survive under a Corbyn government

24 June 2017 18:00

Only Jeremy Corbyn could speak at Glastonbury and think he was addressing the oppressed proletariat. Glastonbury, he said, while introducing…

Hey Black Lives Matter UK: here’s some perspective on Glastonbury vs Notting Hill Carnival

1 September 2016 14:40

Here’s a thing. Shortly after my column for this week’s magazine appeared online, Black Lives Matter UK put out the…

Glastonbury’s ‘women-only’ venue deserves to sink into the mud

9 June 2016 16:40

It was only a matter of time before Glastonbury, the world’s most middle-class festival, caught up with the latest political…

David Cameron claims he watches Glastonbury at home by a warm fire… in June

7 April 2016 12:36

Today David Cameron is trying to win the youth vote in the upcoming EU referendum. To do this, he has given…

Women are to blame for the big Glastonbury sell-out

5 October 2015 10:37

I suppose you can look at it two ways. Glastonbury, and rock festivals generally, were once patronised by music obsessives;…

MPs enjoy a summer of freebies

17 August 2015 9:29

With MPs being awarded a 10 per cent pay rise this summer, politicians have been left having to defend their annual salary of…

David Cameron takes centre stage at Glastonbury

29 June 2015 13:05

David Cameron’s former director of strategy Steve Hilton recently wrote in The Spectator that Glastonbury is not merely a ‘left-wing utopia’,…

Ed Miliband is subject of ridicule in new song

26 June 2015 13:04

After anti-austerity protesters turned on Russell Brand for endorsing Labour at a protest on Saturday, it was only a matter…

Charlotte Church takes her anti-austerity message to Glastonbury

22 June 2015 11:08

Last week festival goers were disappointed to learn that Foo Fighters had cancelled their headline slot at Glastonbury. While bookies…

Lionel Richie is an unusual ‘Face in the Crowd’ on Parliament visit

15 June 2015 17:16

You might expect to see Lionel Richie pass outside your door, if you were in the Ivy last night, or…

Glastonbury: a middle-aged mudbath for those who failed to misspend their youth

28 June 2014 10:00

In 2010, Brendan O’Neill suggested that Glastonbury had become an authoritarian, corporate pigpen. From the looks of things this year,…

Crusties, trustafarians, Chris Martin and mud: the deadly predictability of Glastonbury

26 June 2014 13:47

Glastonbury weekend is upon us, and the bores are out in force. West London buzzes to the sound of hoorays…

Alan Yentob laments as austerity reaches Aunty

15 July 2013 14:48

Troubled times at the BBC. There has been shock at the spectacular amounts of money that have been poured down the drain, and…

Spectator Play: The highs and the lows of what’s going on in arts this week

13 July 2013 9:44

Deborah Ross reviews two films for us this week. The first is Pacific Rim, a ‘giant monsters v. giant robots’…

Down with the Glasto smugfest

2 July 2013 11:39

I suppose this will seem churlish, but I’d just like to add my support to the grime rapper Wiley who,…