Glastonbury announces new headliner and changes to site (Reports)

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Grammy-nominated Janelle Monae has been confirmed as another headline act for Glastonbury 2019.

Monae will play the festival’s West Holts stage at the June event, festival organiser Emily Eavis has announced.

The American artist played the festival in 2011 and 2015, with Ms Eavis calling her last performance “incredible”.

Monae has been nominated for two Grammys this year, one for her album Dirty Computer, and one for her video of Pynk.

Already confirmed for the stages are Stormzy and Kylie, playing the Sunday night “legend slot” 14 years after she was originally booked.

Ms Eavis announced the slot on Lauren Laverne’s show on Radio 6, where she also spoke about the team’s preparations for the festival this year.

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She said: “Because of the fallow year we kick into action much earlier so by August we were ready to go and first day back, everyone is back and it’s buzzing.

“We are about 90% of the way there, we have a couple last confirmations going on now.

“There are a couple hundred stages, thousands of acts so it’s hard to fit them on one poster.”

She added: “We are lucky to get the bands that we have got.

“We don’t pay the same amount as the others so we are reliant on the good feeling and support from the record industry.”

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Ms Eavis also announced several changes to the landscape of the site, naming three of the festival’s areas which will look different in six months’ time.

Sometimes referred to as multiple festivals merged into one, the Glastonbury site is split into several sections, with each area named after or by the group which designs it.

Ms Eavis said: “Arcadia are working on a new area and new design, they’ve come up with new structure.

“Block9 are expanding, they have come up with an incredible installation which is mind blowing. When it’s in the field it will be amazing.

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“The Park has got something new where the teepees were, near the BBC presentation point, [there will be a] new area there.”

Arcadia are known for their use of recycled military hardware to create huge sculptures, while Block9 is the festival’s 24-hour art and dance arena. The Park is known as the most relaxed part of the site, offering views over the rest of Worthy Farm.

Monae will prepare for the huge festival crowds with her set at Coachella in California this April.

Glastonbury will take place between 26 and 30 June this year after a fallow year in 2018.

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