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Michael Eavis excited 6 Music is at the heart of festival coverage
03 June 2009 - BBC 6 Music will be providing around the clock on-air coverage of this year’s Glastonbury festival.

The schedule will be wiped from Friday 26-28 June to bring you a wealth of live performances, interviews, a daily festival news roundup as well as some treats from the Glastonbury archives.

The coverage will be presented by our very own crop of presenters Julie Cullen and Matt Everitt from the Music Week, Adam & Joe, Steve Lamacq, Cerys Matthews, Lauren Laverne and Gideon Coe.

Organiser Michael Eavis is seemingly pleased and said: “It’s very good that youngsters that can’t afford to come, or can’t come for whatever reason, or are working or away from home, can keep in touch with what we’re doing - and of course BBC 6 Music seems to be pretty much spot on.”

To celebrate doom rockers White Lies performed for Lamacq in the 6 Music hub after 5pm, which you can listen again to on BBC iPlayer.

Meanwhile Michael Eavis has been given the nod from Buckinghamshire University today and will get an honorary degree in recognition of his significant contribution to the music industry.

Ronson’s Glasto verdict

Brit-pop heroes Blur, ‘The Boss’ Bruce Springsteen and Canadian legend Neil Young are heading up this year’s bill.

Emily Eavis previously told 6 Music that getting three veterans of rock ‘n’ roll on board was not a reaction to the controversy of last year’s decision to get hip-hop star Jay-Z to perform.

Super-producer Mark Ronson dropped by 6 Music today - he reckons the line-up is ‘great’.
"In a way Bruce Springsteen has never been more relevant."
Mark Ronson

“In a way Bruce Springsteen has never been more relevant,” he explained. “All these bands like the Arcade Fire and The Killers are tipping the hat to him.

“He’s one of the most brilliant performers and he never plays festivals because he doesn’t like to play them, so it’s such a big deal.”

“Then obviously Blur are one of the best British bands probably since pop music started,” added Ronson, who won’t be performing at the festival this year because he is working on his second album.

Mani love for Glasto

The former Stone Roses bassist and Primal Scream member, Gary ‘Mani’ Mounfield, said he’s hoping to head to Glastonbury if he doesn’t have band commitments.

He told 6 Music he’s glad to see Damon Albarn and co back on the scene: “It will be good to see them back again…if I’m there I’ll go give them a looking at.

“Their single, There’s No Other Way, reminded me of the Stone Roses and I think they’d hold their hands up and say that they might have been influenced by us, which is all good because that’s part of the reason why we were doing it; to give kids from any old background the vision that anyone can do it.”

Georgie Rogers

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