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Glastonbury renames John Peel Stage ahead of 2023 festival

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Glastonbury has renamed the John Peel Stage and announced a new area ahead of this summer’s festival.Formerly known as the New Bands Tent, the venue was rebranded in 2004 in tribute to late Radio 1 DJ and Glastonbury friend Peel following his death that year.

Notable past sets on the stage include The Killers, Calvin Harris, Florence + The Machine and The xx.Today (March 3), Emily Eavis revealed in a new interview with the Guardian that the John Peel Stage will be known as ‘Woodsies’ from 2023 onwards.

A new family-orientated area of the same name, which will feature a campfire, is also set to be introduced.“We’ve had 20 years of John Peel and it’s been an honour to use his name,” Eavis told the outlet.In 2022, a petition was launched urging Glastonbury organisers to change the name of the John Peel Stage due to Peel having married a 15-year-old girl when he was 25.

The marriage, which occurred in Texas in 1965, was legal at the time.However, the Change.org page cited the marriage as an example of misconduct.

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