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Glastonbury is back! Festival organisers announce  'epic' five-hour livestream


Glastonbury is back! Festival organisers announce ‘epic’ five-hour livestream featuring Coldplay will take place at Worthy Farm in May… after 50th anniversary event was cancelled

Glastonbury organizers have announced plans to launch a scaled down virtual replacement for the three day music festival on May 22nd, with artists including Coldplay set to perform. 

The festival’s 50th anniversary extravaganza, originally scheduled for 2020, has been cancelled for the second consecutive year amid health and safety concerns regarding the ongoing coronavirus crisis. 

Speaking to Radio 2 presenter Dermot O’Leary on Wednesday morning, Emily Eavis revealed they will be replacing the main event with a five hour special filled with a rosta of special guests, to be held at Somerset’s Worthy Farm. 

Exciting: Glastonbury organizer Emily Eavis has announced plans to launch a scaled down virtual replacement for the three day music festival on May 22nd

Exciting: Glastonbury organizer Emily Eavis has announced plans to launch a scaled down virtual replacement for the three day music festival on May 22nd

The livestream event will also give festival regulars an opportunity to revisit some of the venue’s popular landmarks, among them its legendary stone circle. 

She said: ‘Since last March we have been working on our first global ticketed live stream event. It’s taken a long time to get to this point, and we’re pleased to announce today that on the 22nd of May we’re going to be streaming an incredible line up of artists, all from Worthy Farm.

‘We’re taking you through a five hour journey during an evening at Worthy Farm with artists, so it’s going to be like the festival but without people.’  

Coming soon: Coldplay later confirmed their participation in a tweet shared with their 23million Twitter followers

Coming soon: Coldplay later confirmed their participation in a tweet shared with their 23million Twitter followers

She added: Essentially we have go incredible bands like Coldplay, Damon Albarn, Idles, Michael Kiwanuka, Jorja Smith and lots and lots of very special guests along the way. 

‘We’re going to take you on a journey through all of those spots that you know and recognize from Worthy Farm, so the woods, the railway line, the stone circle, and it’s going to build into this whole epic journey.’ 

Coldplay later confirmed their participation in a tweet shared with their 23million Twitter followers, describing the event as a ‘five hour magical mystery.’  



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