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Nas To Headline Glastonbury’s Rebranded Dance Village ‘Silver Hayes’

Written by Kiel Egging on 25th February, 2013

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The headliners and main stage acts still haven’t been announced, but organisers of one of the world’s most famous music festivals, Glastonbury, are slowly revealing some of the bands booked for the UK bash at the end of June. Earlier this week came news that Glastonbury’s famous Dance Village will be reborn under a new moniker, Silver Hayes, which is named after one of the oldest meadows at the festival’s venue, Worthy Farm, and now along with it we learn that Nas will be the headline act.

Leading the pack for this new venture, Nas is expected to headline one night in the Sonic tent. A handful of other acts have also been locked in to play in Silver Hayes including Disclosure, Hot Natured, David Rodigan, Sub Focus, Aluna George, Eats Everything, Rudimental and The Congos. The full line-up of acts playing in Silver Hayes is set to be revealed in April.

Organiser Michael Eavis said he was predicting Silver Hayes to be one of the most buzzing areas of Glastonbury 2013.

“Malcolm [Haynes, Silver Hayes Co-Ordinator] turned up with an after hours rave truck in the 1980s and he’s been going hard at it ever since. Now he’s conjured up a new vision for one of the most beautiful areas of the farm, which will be brilliant.”

According to a post on the festival’s official website, the new village will contain three unique areas: ‘Sonic’, a 7,000 capacity tent for dance-oriented headliners, the ‘Wow’ Stage for underground acts, and the ‘Gully’, which is described as “a brand new installation combining an open air stage and a pulsating street of sound systems and stalls featuring the best new DJs, MCs and live music”.

The announcement of the first acts for Silver Hayes follows on from the announcement of Glastonbury’s first act for 2013 last month – which was Malian singer Rokia Traore.

Rumours over headline acts on the festival’s main stage, the Pyramid Stage, have been circulating this week. Rihanna and Arctic Monkeys are both apparently firming as favourites to headline either Friday or Sunday night, with Saturday night being mooted for the Rolling Stones, if they want to play.

Glastonbury 2013 takes place on 26th-30th June at Worthy Farm in Pilton, England. The event is sold out but a limited number of returned tickets will be put back on sale on 21st April.

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