Entertainment Glastonbury Festival unveils plan for five-hour live-stream event in May

Glastonbury Festival unveils plan for five-hour live-stream event in May

The Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts is the largest greenfield festival in the world. Photo: Getty
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The organisers of the the UK’s Glastonbury festival have announced a global live-stream event to be held at Worthy Farm in May this year.

The event on May 22 will include performances from well-known sites around the farm in south-west England, including the Stone Circle.

Artists including Coldplay, Damon Albarn, Jorja Smith, Haim, Wolf Alice, Michael Kiwanuka and more will be part of the event, organiser Emily Eavis said.

Speaking to Dermot O’Leary on BBC Radio 2, Eavis said it was going to be “taking you on a five-hour journey through an evening at Worthy Farm with artists, so it’s going to be like the festival but without people”.

Describing the event, a continuous live-stream of music, as “ambitious”, Eavis said: “We’re very excited to be able to show the farm in a way that people have never really seen it, with these incredible artists.”

In January, organisers announced Glastonbury had been cancelled for a second year in a row because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Asked about the festival returning in 2022, Eavis said: “We’ll be back next year, that’s the plan, we’re working on that and fingers crossed we’ll see you there.”

Download Festival and BST Hyde Park are among the other music festivals to have been cancelled this year.

Others including the Isle of Wight Festival and Creamfields are scheduled to take place in summer.