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Lightyears land second gig at Glastonbury Festival

20 June 2008

Busking at Glastonbury Festival 2005The band have secured a second gig at Glastonbury Festival 2008 and will be performing on both the Green Fuse Stage (Thursday evening 9pm) and the Small World Stage (Friday evening 10.30pm). Plus, if you’re shrewd, you might be able to catch them a third time. But keep it under your hat, right…? 

The Green Fuse Stage, in the Greenfields, which hosts the band’s opening performance at this year’s Glastonbury, is windmill-powered – we kid you not.

Similarly, the Small World Stage, also in the Greenfields, is powered by the sun (a touch optimistic for Glasto maybe?!). Both stages are run by organisations who support renewable energy sources; click on the links for more info.

Now, this next news item is hot-off-the-press… at the festival this year the LYs will also be collaborating with Youth Music (based in the Left Field) to be a part of their Build A Band competition. Build A Band has brought together five talented teenagers from across the country who will meet for the first time on Day One of the festival – and be given just a few days to write and rehearse a protest song which they will perform together on Sunday afternoon on the Left Field Stage (where they’ll be sharing a bill with Dirty Pretty Things, the Bluetones and British Sea Power).

The Lightyears have been asked to meet the band on Friday evening at 6pm to give them some tips ahead of their big performance and have a bit of a jam behind the Left Field Stage. If you can find us, you can join us. The event will be filmed and will go live on the Orange festival website just a few hours later. 

This is the band’s third appearance at Glastonbury. If you’re at the festival this year, come hang out with us. If you can surf the web on your mobile phone, keep an eye on our Twitter status on the LYs homepage – this’ll tell you where we are and when! Even better, you can sign up to Twitter on your mobile and receive instant updates by text message, wherever you are (details at

First Glastonbury slot confirmed

26 May 2008

The Lightyears’ first Glastonbury slot has been confirmed as Friday 27 June at 10.30pm on the Small World Stage. The band will also be appearing on the Green Fuse Stage – date and time T.B.C.

The LYs first played Glastonbury Festival back in 2005, turning up at the gates with instruments on their backs and the intention of blagging a gig wherever they could find one. This cavalier approach turned into a 3-gig residency at The Strange Fruit Cafe, where the band played to packed houses and filled up enthusiastically on chickpea curry.

The following year saw The Lightyears’ first appearance in the official Glastonbury Festival programme ahead of a gig on the Small World Stage in the Greenfields. This year, the Small World Stage have asked them back and Green Fuse, a stage that is in fact run by the original team behind the Strange Fruit Cafe, are hosting the band’s opening show at Glasto 2008.