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Glastonbury Festival announce new "aquatic paradise" stage


Glastonbury Festival has unveiled their latest addition, a stage that has been described as an “aquatic paradise” and named ‘Samula’.

Samula will be located in the south-east corner of Glastonbury’s mammoth festival site, taking residence at The Common area and will be introduced as a replacement for previous stage ‘The Cave’.

“The waiting is over. Our sparking new venue is unveiled! Where The Cave once was, SAMULA: The Portal now rises,” festival organisers said of the new stage when announcing the news.

“An aquatic paradise, a side-step into another world, let the basslines and rhythms take you over, give in to Samula’s magic, dive into the party!”

Samula is one of three major stages that will make up The Common this year, joining The Temple stage and Rumshack. Having already unveiled the line-up, Glastonbury have confirmed the likes of Mike Skinner and Hot Chip will be performing there.

In more new stage news, organisers have also confirmed their plans to build an entire arena from recycled plastic found on the streets, beaches and parks.

The new stage, named ‘The Gas Tower’ and located in the Shangri-La area of the site, will be a 360-degree staging area made by using waste collected in Cornwall, Devon and Somerset areas. 

Event organisers have confirmed that the project requires in excess of 10 tonnes of plastic waste and the first beach clean to kickstart the drive will begin on May 11th. 

Kaye Dunnings, the creative director of Shangri-La Glastonbury, called it an “important, pioneering project” while in conversation with the BBC, adding that it was “a total game-changer.”

The news comes just months after Glastonbury announced the banning of all single use plastics as Emily Eavis attempts to stem the amount of waste used at the event. It comes as the event claimed that in 2017, Glastonbury got through in excess of 1.3m plastic bottles.

“Obviously we are all fighting the fight against plastic, which is an enormous task but well overdue and we need to make steps in the right direction,” said Eavis. “A vast amount of plastic bottles were gotten through and when you see images of the arena completely covered in old plastic bottles it’s quite haunting.

“We have been working on this during the year off. We spent a lot of time in 2018 working on the logistic side of all this, speaking to suppliers and market managers, area organisers,” she added.

“We are tackling drinking bottles at the moment, water bottles … and we are encouraging people to bring their own reusable bottle but there will also be reusable bottles available on site.”