Six major venue changes are coming to Glastonbury Festival 2022 as the event returns after a two-year hiatus. The world famous festival returns to Pilton in June after two cancellations in 2020 and 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Over 200,000 people will flock to Worthy Farm for the event to enjoy performances from Paul McCartney, Billie Eilish and Diana Ross. The official site plan was unveiled on Wednesday May 4 and it appears to show a number of changes to the festival site.
It looks like there will be layout changes and new scenes and locations to explore. You can see the new festival site plan as well as the old plan from 2019 below.
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New layout and scene for the Silver Hayes area
The Silver Hayes area of the festival is home to all things electronic and dance. In 2022, it will host sets from acts such as Wilkinson, Fatboy Slim, HAAi and Mura Masa.
The Silver Hayes area is located northwest of the festival site. The new 2022 map appears to show a whole new layout of the area.
The three main stages will be in different locations, with the new layout appearing more spacious than at the 2019 festival. A brand new stage – the Lonely Hearts Club – will replace the Blues Stage.
New location for BBC Introducing Stage
The BBC Introducing Stage aims to support new musical talent from across the country. In the past, Ed Sheeran performed on this small stage before becoming the headliner of the Pyramid’s main stage a few years later, so it’s definitely the place to spot up-and-coming talent.
The BBC Introducing Stage is located northwest of the festival site. In 2019 it was located in the main field of Sliver Hayes.
However, the 2022 chart appears to show the stage shifting to the right. It will now be located on the main road between The Other Stage and Pyramid Stage.
The Beat Hotel makes way for a new location
The Beat Hotel had become a key part of the festival in recent years. Decorated like a 70s American motel, the big tent hosted live DJs and a selection of cocktails, including Lagerita and Donkey Punch.
The Beat Hotel was located between the Silver Hayes and John Peel neighborhoods. However, it is expected to be replaced by a new venue in 2022.
The new map shows a place called San Remo in its place. It is understood that San Remo will be run by the same organizers as The Beat Hotel, but will offer a new venue for revelers to explore.
The Common is part of the Glastonbury Festival night area. It is located in the southeast corner of the festival site next to Shangri-La and Block9.
It houses the spectacular Colosseum-like Temple scene. In 2019 it also housed the smaller Samula stage, however, the new 2022 map appears to show a new stage – Totem – in its place.
Return of the Arcadia Spider
Arcadia, the giant flame-breathing mechanical spider, will return to the southwest corner of the festival. The popular attraction, which sprays fire and shoots laser beams, was not present at the last festival in 2019 as a new attraction took its place.
The towering Pangea, made from a huge disused crane from Avonmouth Docks in Bristol, brought a new kind of party to the festival with imaginative aerial displays. However, the Arcadia spider will return in place of Pangea.
Arcadia will be the scene of sets from world famous DJs such as Calvin Harris, Carl Cox, Chase and Status, Four Tet, Jon Hopkins and Sub Focus. The stage is also ready to welcome a “very special guests” slot.
The Glade may look different
The glade is a popular area in the heart of the festival site and is right next to the old railway line near the other stage. It mainly houses electronic music.
The Glade Main Stage has been located for many years in a shady wooded area, which gives the venue a unique atmosphere. However, the 2022 map seems to show that the main stage will be moved out of the trees and into more open space.
The official Glade area Twitter account seems to confirm that the main stage will be on the move. A message from the account reads: “New home. New adventures. New memories. Not long ago now Glade family…we missed you….”