Glastonbury line-up

The day after Michael Eavis appeared at our Event Production Awards, his festival dropped its 2019 line-up. But Access hears rumours of some big names still to be dropped.

Watch this space, but in the meantime, here’s the list…

Following the previously announced Friday night headliner Stormzy, and the Sunday teatime legend Kylie, Glasto can confirm this year’s final two Pyramid Stage headliners, alongside a first list of acts playing the Pyramid, Other, West Holts, John Peel and Park stages.

The Killers headline Saturday night, with their first return to the Pyramid Stage since topping the bill in 2007, and following on from their rapturously-received surprise set in the John Peel tent in 2017. For Sunday night, The Cure return to headline the Pyramid for the first time since 1995, in what marks a record-equalling fourth Glastonbury headline set (Coldplay being the only other act to have occupied the closing slot four times). The Cure previously also headlined in 1986 and 1990.

Obama festival

Michelle Obama is launching a free festival in the UK to celebrate black girls and women.

Following her memoir Becoming, publishing house Penguin and Black Girl Festival are teaming up to host a three-day event in London.

Titled “BGF x Becoming Festival”, the event will involve talks and workshops inspired by themes from her memoir.

The event will offer attendees poster making workshops and bitesize history lessons on Black feminism.

Bull ban

Spain’s Supreme Court has upheld a ban on stabbing bulls to death during the Toro de la Vega festival in the Castilla y León region. Passed in 2016, the ban was immediately challenged by the Tordesillas City Council who appealed against the ruling, claiming there was ‘no reason to prohibit the killing’.

The council also argued the death of the bull ‘did not detract from its dignity, but rather enhanced it’.

Humane Society International, an animal protection organisation who has worked with other charities to end the festival’s tradition, celebrated the court’s decision.

Somerset House Summer Series reveals line-up for 2019.

Californian band the Internet will kick off the 11-date festival, which runs from July 11-21. Sons of Kemet, the Mercury-nominated jazz group led by Shabaka Hutchings, will also appear, along with Spanish artist Rosalia, who blends classic flamenco and modern r’n’b in her music.

The Good, the Bad and the Queen — the supergroup comprised of Damon Albarn, Simon Tong, Tony Allen and Paul Simonon — feature on the bill, as do Nao, Doves, Jacob Banks and others.

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