Glastonbury organizers have announced plans to launch a scaled-down virtual replacement for the three-day music festival on May 22, with artists like Coldplay performing.
The festival’s 50th anniversary extravaganza, originally scheduled for 2020, has been canceled for the second consecutive year due to health and safety concerns related to the ongoing coronavirus crisis.
Emily Eavis spoke with Radio 2 presenter Dermot O’Leary on Wednesday morning and revealed that they will replace the main event with a five-hour special filled with a selection of special guests, which will be held at Somerset’s Worthy Farm and available to stream for just £ 20 a ticket.
Exciting: Glastonbury organizers have announced plans to launch a scaled-down virtual replacement for the three-day music festival on May 22, with artists like Coldplay performing
The live stream event also gives festival goers the chance to revisit some of the venue’s popular landmarks, including the legendary stone circle.
She said: ‘Since March we have been working on our first global live streaming event with tickets. It has taken a long time to get to this point, and we are excited to announce today that on May 22, we will be streaming an incredible lineup of artists, all from Worthy Farm.
“We’ll take you on a five-hour trip during an evening at Worthy Farm with artists, so it’s going to be like the festival but without people.”
Big plans: Emily Eavis broke the news Wednesday morning in an interview with Radio 2 presenter Dermot O’Leary
Coming Soon: Coldplay later confirmed their participation in a tweet shared with their 23 million Twitter followers
She added: Basically we have great bands like Coldplay, Damon Albarn, Idles, Michael Kiwanuka, Jorja Smith and a lot of very special guests on the way.
“We’re going to take you on a journey through all those places you know and recognize from Worthy Farm, so the forest, the railroad, the stone circle, and it’s going to go into this whole epic journey.”
Coldplay later confirmed their participation in a tweet shared to their 23 million Twitter followers, describing the event as a “ five-hour magical mystery. ”
Popular Pick: Eavis revealed that Jorja Smith (pictured at Glastonbury in 2019) will also be performing
Other guests attending the event include Wolf Alice, Haim, Idles and Kano, with tickets on sale now.
In January, it was announced that the prestigious festival, which takes place annually, had been canceled for the second year in a row due to the pandemic.
Eavis later suggested that Glastonbury might come back in some form, saying an application had been made for a concert in September.
Main man: Damon Albarn was another artist named by Eavis during Wednesday morning’s announcement
In a post on Instagram, she said: “ For those who requested an update to our plans later this year, we applied for a permit for a concert at the farm in September (around the time we usually attend Pilton Party would do)).
‘Of course we have no idea whether we will do that [be] able to do that, but we wanted to get the application in for a chance.
“It’s unlikely we’ll have news for a few months, but we’ll let you know right here when we do.”
Old times: But fans will be missing when the virtual event takes place at Worthy Farm in May
Looking ahead: Eavis has previously suggested that Glastonbury could return in some form, saying an application had been made for a concert in September
She added: ‘It is not certain that it will continue, but it was necessary to set the first wheels in motion now.
‘It’s so good to come up with plans and hope that some of these things can happen later this year …’
This year’s festival sold out after tickets for last year’s event, which would have celebrated its 50th anniversary, were skipped.
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