John Harris

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Crowdsurfing in the Left Field: politics and debate thrive at Glastonbury

Billy Bragg led a massed tribute to Tony Benn and the stage witnessed its first-ever crowdsurf. It was a vintage year in Glastonbury’s dedicated arena for discussion and dissent

White-hot debate may have raged about the booking of Metallica, but elsewhere at Glastonbury, there was equally passionate discussion focused on things that may be almost as important: politics, history, the good society all that stuff. Debate is one specialism of Billy Bragg’s long-established Left Field tent (and just to declare an interest: I chaired some of this year’s sessions), along with a brilliantly diverse range of music, and more. These were some of the highlights.

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