Guardian creates first official Glastonbury website

- The Glastonbury music festival is to get its own official website for the first time this summer with a site created and produced by the Guardian.

- The Glastonbury music festival is to get its own official website for the first time this summer with a site created and produced by the Guardian.

The site will launch on 3 April, and, according to the Guardian, it will be the only reliable source of information on the event available on the internet as pre-festival excitement builds up. The Guardian is also one of the major sponsors of the festival.

The site, at www.glastonbury98.co.uk, will include ticket, entertainment and travel information, including a 'hitch-a-ride' bulletin board. The Glastonbury festival takes places over the weekend of June 26-28.

A 'Glasto-cam' - a digital camera - will be installed on site for a month before the festival letting visitors watch the event take shape. There will also be an archive of memories from the festival's 28 year history.

Users can also donate online to official Glastonbury charities Oxfam and Greenpeace, and find out how the proceeds are spent.

Glastonbury's organisers are hoping that the event will be the biggest yet, and have secured a license for 100,000 people.

The website is designed to add an international edge to Glastonbury '98. Michael Eavis, the festival's organiser, said: "Glastonbury is pleased to be able to join the international computer community as it reflects so well the world-wide appeal we have generated."

Glastonbury 98 is the latest addition to the Guardian's stable of specialist websites: www.football.guardian, www.West Indies 98 and www.Ashes 97.





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