Glastonbury: Coldplay, Jorja Smith, Michael Kiwanuka, among others to play virtual gig in May

Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis said the Live at Worthy Farm event would be “like the festival but without people.”

The Associated Press April 01, 2021 12:46:02 IST
Glastonbury: Coldplay, Jorja Smith, Michael Kiwanuka, among others to play virtual gig in May

In 2021, the Glastonbury Festival is going online. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP, File)

London: This year the Glastonbury Festival is going online.

Organisers said Wednesday that they will stage a one-day livestreamed concert on 22 May at Worthy Farm in southwest England, home to the annual music extravaganza. Performers include Coldplay, Damon Albarn, Jorja Smith, Haim, Wolf Alice and Michael Kiwanuka, plus other “guest appearances and collaborations.”

Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis said the Live at Worthy Farm event would be “like the festival but without people.”

“We’re going to take you on a journey through all of those spots that you know, you recognise from Worthy Farm ... We’re going to build into this whole epic journey around the site into the night,” she told the BBC.

The festival has been held almost annually since 1970, drawing up to 1,50,000 people to the Eavis family’s farm. In January, organisers cancelled Glastonbury for a second straight year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Some other British music festivals have also been called off this summer, but several have announced they will take place if the government goes ahead with plans to lift most restrictions on travel and gatherings by June.

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