The team behind Glastonbury have confirmed that a five-hour live stream event will be taking place at Worthy Farm later this year.
The live event, which is called Live At Worthy Farm, will be headlined by Coldplay, with other artists such as HAIM, Jorja Smith, Damon Albarn and Wolf Alice also making an appearance. The event will take full advantage of Worthy Farm’s iconic locations, with acts performing at key landmarks including the Pyramid Field and Stone Circle throughout the five-hour stream.
There are also set to be a number of “unannounced surprise performances,” too, as well as a “spoken word narrative” to guide the audience around the festival grounds.
Set to take place on 22 May, tickets for the event cost £20 and are on sale now.
Although watching performances online may not be quite as good as the real thing, it’s still exciting to see live music going ahead, albeit with a virtual audience spread all around the world.
Previously, fans had hoped that the teaser video would be in reference to an in-person concert taking place at Worthy Farm later this year, the possibility of which was hinted at by Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis in an Instagram post last week.
Despite Glastonbury being officially cancelled for 2021 (making this year the second year the event has been pushed back due to the pandemic), Eavis recently revealed that the team behind the festival were still hoping to put the farm to use this year with a concert in September and a “family-friendly” campsite throughout the summer.
“Of course, we’ve no idea yet whether we’ll be able to do that, but we wanted to get the application in to be in with a chance,” she wrote. “Unlikely we’ll have any news for a couple of months – but will let you know right here when we do.”
Eavis added: “It’s so good to dream up plans and hope that some of these things could potentially happen later this year.”
Although the scale of the proposed event would likely be much smaller than the annual festival, which hosts around 200,000 people, it’s still an exciting development.
According to current plans laid out in the government’s roadmap for easing lockdown, all restrictions on social contact could be removed by 21 June at the earliest, so it seems likely that a September concert like the one Eavis is describing could go ahead if everything goes to plan.
Even though the people who were lucky enough to get their hands on a Glastonbury ticket back in 2019 will have to wait another year to enjoy the full event, in the meantime, it seems there’s still a chance that people will be able to sing and dance the night away come this summer.