Why Glastonbury’s metal stage is the ultimate antidote to vanilla festival fare

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Earache Records are curating a metal-only area at this year’s festival – a landmark moment for the 2017 event, especially for those who prefer Ed Sheeran muffled by Extreme Noise Terror

If you’re anything like me, the thought of standing in the pouring rain, ankle deep in mud, while Ed Sheeran sings that bloody awful Galway Girl song, is enough to draw tears of despair from the eyes. Glastonbury is a huge event, an undeniable jewel in the festival calendar and the biggest, most famous rock and pop festival on the planet. For metalheads, however, its appeal has long been extremely limited. Yes, Motörhead and Metallica each performed at Worthy Farm in recent years, and ageing headbangers may recall that prog metal behemoths Tool made an appearance at the festival back in 1994, but beyond those rare token gestures, heavy music has been conspicuous by its absence.

However, all that changes in 2017, thanks to those splendid people at Earache Records – one of the most legendary extreme metal labels of all time. For the first time ever at Michael Eavis’s gaff, the sound of blistering, full-pelt grindcore will echo across the fields as the crusty, uncompromising likes of Napalm Death, Extreme Noise Terror and Singapore’s very own Wormrot hit the Shangri-La area’s Truth stage in a very real and thoroughly admirable attempt to, we must assume, scare the living shit out of as many novelty hat-wearing, face-painted George Ezra fans as possible.

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