Glastonbury organizer Emily Eavis has announced details of Glastonbury’s #LiveAtWorthyFarm. It will be a “spectacular” five-hour livestream from Worthy Farm, the decision was taken after the festival was canceled for the second time due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
The event was teased earlier this week but has now been confirmed by Eavis. The Glastonbury fans will be able to take part in a virtual night at Worthy Farm on May 22.
The ambitious livestream event will hold performances from several artists such as Coldplay, Haim, Damon Albarn, Jorja Smith, Kano, and Wolf Alice. Eavis also promised “very special guests’ appearances and collaborations.”
The performers will be staged in recognizable locations across the 900-acre site, including the Pyramid field and the stone circle.
At BBC Radio 2, Eavis told that “it’s going to be like the festival but without the people.”
The event is described as an “epic journey around the site.” The organizers are working for that show with the director Paul Dugdale. Dugdale is the person that also shot Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift’s world tours for Netflix.
With this livestream event, Eavis hopes that the fans “can have a moment and get into the spirit of the festival” while replicating the festival atmosphere by inviting some friends to their gardens.
Tickets for the event are already on sale and are at £20 per stream. The money will support Glastonbury’s three main charitable causes which are Oxfam, Greenpeace, and WaterAid. Furthermore, according to the organizers, the ticket’s sale will also “help to secure the Festival’s return in 2022.”
In early 2021, Glastonbury was the first festival to cancel this year’s edition. After its announcement, several others followed its example including the Download and BST Festivals.
Eavis also confirmed that Glastonbury has applied for a license to hold a concert at the same place this September. “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 explained.
Other details have been reported for the potential concert. It would be over two days (Friday and Saturday) and would serve alcohol only between 2 PM and 11 PM. Furthermore, there will not be any on-site comping for the attendees.
While everyone is dying to return to festivals, especially as the festival season is beginning and it has been more than a year since we were able to go to concerts, the technology still allows us to have a glimpse of what we are missing with this kind of virtual events.