Grindcore, Punk and more for Glastonbury’s infamous Shangri-La area

The Sh-afterlife is no more. No Heaven. No Hell. Only the waste from last year’s festival remains. Giant Towers of Trash now dominate the Shangri-La skyline. Structures have formed from the scrap that you left behind, dwellings made of detritus, art from the embers. Shelter is sought within towers of textiles, pillars of plastic and columns of consumerism. The rubbish is a refuge. Every space becomes a place to party or ponder, be it a tube train, a bus, a skip or a bin. This year Shangri-La addresses this mess with the mantra – RE-CYCLE, RE-USE, RE-SIST!

Kaye Dunnings, Creative Director of Shangri-La, said:  “I was horrified by the waste left behind at Glastonbury in 2016, so I’m taking a stand to try to combat the apathy that seems to have manifested into the minds of festival-goers everywhere. We are the only field to have a complete re-design this year – but with a difference, as the entire site has been built from recycled and repurposed materials. We are trying to set a standard across the UK festival scene, and hope to inspire as well as highlight the issues facing generations to come. The artwork that has been commissioned will back this up! As will the amazing installations and the punk as f*#k programming to be found in our fully immersive new venues. This is set to be the best Shangri-La yet!”

Producer, Robin Collings, added: “It might be easy to look at the political chaos, the algorithmically contained communities and the digital mapping of our cultures and feel helpless… however, we’ve never been more powerful. This little corner of the festival is an analogy of your voice, your choices and potential. Be honest. Make some choices. Show yourself! We need that of you.”

From the ashes of hell rises the TRUTH STAGE where an extreme fusion of genres mashes together resonating the sounds of revolution all night long surrounded by the largest collective exhibition ever seen at a festival, made up of hundreds of one-off pieces of art. 

Highlights include Earache Takeovers with grindcore heroes Napalm Death and punk legends Dead Kennedys. Canadian hip-hop, dubstep, reggae wizards A Tribe Called Red and Delhi’s Ska-vengers! Shangri-La faithful Craig Charles will again be bringing his Funk and Soul whilst Rat Boy will bring their cheeky charm to the stage of truth. Leave your vanilla chart-pleasers at home and immerse yourself in the most eclectic line-up of your life!

Shangri-La is bringing another Glastonbury debut in the form of the CLASH stage… 2 crews on 2 sound systems vying for vibes at the festival’s first ever soundclash stage! Hear musical titans from reggae, dub, funk and garage battle with bass to get the best reaction from the crowd. Soundclashes from the likes of Jaguar Skills vs Boom Sound and Born On RoadRodney P and Skibadee vs Shadow Demon Coalition will kick off between sets from acts such as Big Narstie x Target x Rude Kid and a rare solo set from Lisa Maffia. BOOM!

We’re also looking forward to the return of the London Elektricity Big Band…featuring the amazing Liane Carroll.

The GAS TOWER stretches 10 metres into the sky, harnessing the energy around it,becoming the epicentre of the digital revolution. Technology and art fuse with education and activism in a collaborative experiment in digital progression, showcasing the best in cutting edge UK audio visual talent. DJ Yoda will be performing his incredible Stranger Things audio visual masterpiece on Friday. The Bomb, a groundbreaking multimedia installation that immerses you in the strange, compelling, and unsettling reality of nuclear weapons today, with a live score by The Acid will be screened 3 times over the festival. Beatboxer extraordinaire and audio visual artist Reeps One will perform and more outstanding DJs like Goldie b2b My Nu Leng and Monki will blast incredible sets in the 360 degree mind-bending setting.


  • ShangrilART:Visit our backdoor print shop for a chance to pick up and paste artworks from some of our most elusive artists all printed on scrap paper. Will it become kindling? Or will it be worth £££ in years to come?! Live screen printing and free giveaways daily. ART IS FOR EVERYONE!
  • SHITV– Days of hope with talks and films on activism and DIY culture, nights of vicious parody and the chance to stomp ‘til morning on the grave of the media’s credibility. FEATURING: Shangri-Starz – Nightly talent show Shangri Starz comes complete with big time judge drama and the chance for an everlasting fifteen seconds of fame!
  • The Greenhouse– Glastonbury’s first REGGAE VENUE, Powered by London Roots Reggae institution -Solution Sound System.  In a celebration of all things roots and culture, a giant tropical greenhouse becomes home to an amazing party celebrating carnival culture with a killer line-up spanning generations and continents. Featuring The Mighty Jah Observer, Manasseh Hi Fi, Reggae Roast, Mungos Hi Fi, Roots Ting, Mistah Brown, Love Grocer, Keith Lawrence, King Beat Hi Fi, Steve Bedlam, Kai Sounds and Roots Sensation.
  • The Sisterhood – After causing a stir last year, Glastonbury’s female-only venue of art, music, performance, talks and girl power offers womb-like sanctuary for females. Highlights include FridayFight Night with Arm wrestling, Ninjas and Dance offs. Featuring Theresa May Smackdown: A Fight To The Death (Of The Alt-Right) and music from Dream Nails: DIY Punk Witches From Hell.
  • Earache Express– Housed in a recycled London Underground tube carriage comes a new venue, curated by the legendary British independent Earache Records, who celebrate 30 years of pioneering metal/punk this summer. Catch Extreme Noise Terror, Steve Ignorant’s Slice of Life and Wormrot among the other legends!

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