Manchester making ties with Glastonbury 2011: Quilts for the festival organiser from Salford Uni student

By Ben Lugg

“Glasto here we come!!!” tweeted Coleen Rooney this week as she announced that herself and United striker Wayne would be braving the mud this weekend.

Manchester has a good relationship with Glastonbury Festival which grew stronger this year after Salford University student Amy Kett unveiled a handcrafted quilt which students will be presenting to festival organiser Michael Eavis.

Amy’s ‘Data Fields’ quilt reflects the history of the festival including early maps of the site as well as personal tributes to Eavis such as a depiction of his daughter Emily’s birth.

Amy said: “I would like the quilt to be part of an ongoing legacy. The process involved in its creation is tied to community and tradition.”

Manchester music lovers Jim Hunt and Jamie Crowley are also helping to make this year’s event more special than ever by walking the 181 miles from Salford to the site in support of Water Aid.

A STITCH IN TIME: The handcrafted quilt shows the history of the festival

The idea of walking to Glastonbury came about after Mr Hunt endured a torturous 17-hour coach journey to the festival in 2010.

“I said it would have been quicker to walk – and the idea came from there.” he said.

Acts representing Manchester at Worthy Farm this year include Morrissey, Elbow and 808 State.

However one man defiantly not appearing this year  is Manchester indie-rock icon Liam Gallagher, who recently told shortlist magazine that the festival was “Full of f*cking idiots.”

U2, Coldplay and Beyonce all headline the Pyramid Stage this year.

Glastonbury is a second home to many charities and protest groups with Greenpeace, Oxfam and Water Aid amongst the most visible.

It seems the appearance causing the most controversy this year is that of U2, who have been accused of avoiding vast amounts of tax in overseas accounts whilst Ireland deals with economic uncertainty.

A spokesman for Art Uncut, the group behind the U2 Glastonbury protest said: “Bono claims to care about the developing world, but U2 greedily indulges in the very kind of tax avoidance that is crippling poor nations.”

The group stated that the protest would be peaceful but highly visible.

MM decided to take a look at other acts that have provoked protests or caused public backlash

Animal rights activists were up in arms after Lady Gaga turned up to the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards wearing a dress made entirely out of meat.

Morrissey courted controversy last year when he said “you can’t help but think the Chinese are a subspecies” when talking about animal welfare violations in the country.

Pop act Mili Vanilli won best new artist at the 1990 Grammy awards but were forced to give back the gong after it was revealed the lead vocals on their record were not the duo’s actual voices. The group released another record but an angry public snubbed the album.

In the 1970s David Bowie and Eric Clapton appeared to make racist comments which endorsed the anti –immigration stance adopted by far right parties. The resultant uproar among music fans eventually evolved into the Rock Against Racism campaign.

In 1992 Madonna released the book ‘Sex’ to accompany the release of her album Erotica. The book which featured sexually explicit material sold well but provoked a strong negative reaction from the media and general public.

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