BBC Radio 1 Future Dance presenter Sarah Story has spoken to Headliner about the heritage of dance music at Glastonbury, her ones to watch this year, and how she will be bringing the festival to fans around the world.
Taking place from June 23-25, Glastonbury 2023 will see Arctic Monkeys, Guns N’ Roses, and Elton John headline the Pyramid Stage in what is set to be the biggest Glastonbury on record. And while headlines will largely be dominated by the megastars gracing the line-up, as anyone who has every ventured beyond the orbit of its biggest stages will know, there are entire festivals within the festival devoted to just about any style or subgenre one can conceive of. Arguably the biggest of these is the dance music offering at Worthy Farm.
Despite dance having a long and storied history at Glastonbury, it is still regarded by those who aren’t regular visitors to the Block 9s and Maceos of the festival as something of a niche element. But according to Story, not only is the dance music component at Glastonbury one of its biggest and best assets, it’s also and area that is growing more and more exciting with each passing year.
Here, Story joins Headliner for a chat about how she’ll be broadcasting and performing at Glastonbury 2023, the power of dance music at Worthy Farm, and who she can’t wait to see this year…
What will you be doing at Glastonbury this year?
Well, I’m playing so you have to prep for that, but you have to think about the outfits as well, don’t you. So I’m going to be spending a lot of time just working out what to take with me! On Friday night I have my Future Dance show and this year I have the honour of doing it live from Glastonbury, which I’m really excited about. It’s my first time doing it from Glastonbury and I’m so excited because I get to bring that energy and excitement from the festival to the radio so everyone in the world who isn’t there can hear.
Pretty much everyone in the music industry is at Glastonbury that weekend so we have the luxury of having all these DJs at our fingertips, so I’m hoping to get some really fun, exciting guests passing through. I’m doing my show at 8pm-10pm on Friday and then I have four DJ sets across the weekend, which I’m really looking forward to. On the Thursday afternoon I’m doing Eats Everything’s History of Rave Stage, which was crazy last year. There was about 20,000 people there. Then Thursday evening Radio 1 is taking over the BBC Introducing Stage - I can’t say too much about the line-up just yet but I’m doing my Back to Back with a French DJ called Chloé Caillet who is someone I’m really excited about. She’s just a really good DJ. Then Friday is the radio show and I’m doing a Garage set at the Unfairground on the Blind Tiger stage at 2am, so at that point everyone will be fully in Glastonbury mode. And then Sunday night I’m doing the Glade Stage, but I’m clashing with Elton John, so I’m hoping not everyone there will be Elton John fan!