Metallica, Arcade Fire and Kasabian are this year’s headlining acts at Glastonbury, England’s annual music and arts fest, which draws almost 200,000 attendees to Worthy Farm in Somerset each year. Metallica are the first heavy metal band to play the festival (now in its 44th year), which is traditionally an indie arena, and their appearance in the 2014 line up has upset some of the Glastonbury regulars. However, others point to how Jay-Z was similarly scorned by festival fans when he was initially added to the 2008 lineup and ended up winning over the Glastonbury crowd with a cover of Oasis’ “Wonderwall.” (Metallica’s Lars Ulrich recently joked to The Guardian that his band should also start their set with “Wonderwall” before saying that musicians just have to be themselves and be proud of what they’re doing.)
Still run by original founder Michael Eavis, and hosted on his privately owned land, Glastonbury is the largest greenfield music and performing arts festival in the world and has become a must-go for serious music fans. In addition, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame museum in Cleveland, Ohio acknowledged Glastonbury earlier this year by adding one of the festival’s infamous painted garbage cans to its archives, alongside John Lennon’s guitar and Joey Ramone’s leather jacket. In addition to the headliners, Glastonbury will also play host to dozens of musicians including radio-friendly favorites like the Black Keys, Ed Sheeran, Lana Del Ray, Imagine Dragons, Jack White, St. Vincent and, in her first-ever Glastonbury appearance, country-music legend Dolly Parton.
Glastonbury runs from June 25 to 29 2014 and cruisers who have United Kingdom departure on or around those dates should consider implementing a trip to Worthy Farm into their vacation itinerary to load up on some incredible live music.