We’ve had a dance tent at Glastonbury since 1995 growing over the years from a 2000 capacity tent up to a 10,000 capacity. We then turned this into a village in 2005. Now 13 years later we have decided to give the area a face-lift and a revamp, so welcome to the new area, Silver Hayes.
Our flagship venue is the Sonic which will have a capacity of around 6,000 and great viewing sightlines from outside of the tent. To help we’re installing a couple of LED screens outside as well as within the tent. It will have a futuristic look and at night will become a huge visual attraction from outside with video mapping and projections. We will have some of the currently biggest dance acts and DJs perform throughout the weekend.
The Wow stage will take on a new look as well, not only featuring the best in Underground dance DJs, but will have a boat party feel each day as the DJs will perform from outside the tent on the good ship Wow. Check out the boat-party sessions from: Skreamizm, Future Boogie and Hospitality.
‘La Pussy Parlure Nouveau’ is reborn! We have replaced the Spiegel tent with a traditional 32m round tent with a mansion frontage and bespoke décor. The venue will be twice the size and will have the feel of a lounge bar with a large stage, a bar with seating and tables, and plenty of room for dancing. We’ll be featuring local, national and international bands and some great party DJs.
With reggae as popular as ever the Silver Hayes area will have two new areas for your pleasure. ‘Gully’ is a new open-air stage that will feature mainly live reggae acts and DJs. There are a couple of cool viewing platforms as well to give that arena effect. Some highlights for the weekend will be David Rodigan’s Ram Jam on the Saturday with a whole host of guests…one very special! The Congos from Jamaica, Rebulution from USA, New Zealand’s Katchafire, Blue King Brown from Australia and UK based Natty are just some of the bands performing. On Saturday night Radio 1 & 1Xtra will be broadcasting live from Gully.
The other exciting Reggae Area is ‘The Blues’. We wanted to bring an element of carnival into the field so we’ve built a street style set that represents this. This area will feature just Reggae Sound System DJs and MCs and were happy to be having Mungo Hifi “Sound System” rig throughout the weekend to use. The DJs/MCs will perform from a Carnival-style float. There will be a Rum Shack cocktail bar, Jamaican jerk chicken stall and other stalls representing a West Indian feel. This area will be semi open with seating and shelter points for when you need to get out of the Sun (or dare we say the rain) The blues will open until 3am each morning. For the Thursday we have a treat from Vision Quest who will host this area from 8pm -3am so get there early.
On Saturday night, Radio 1 and 1Xtra will broadcast live with DJs Target, Robbo Ranks and Seani B