With a variety of festivals confirming returns this year, one of the world’s biggest has followed suit.
Organizers for the UK’s globally renowned Glastonbury Festival have announced that it’ll be back – albeit with a few tweaks, this September.
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As reported, this year’s extravaganza was initially canceled amid the uncertainty that clouded the live music arena due to COVID-19. Such was the fate of the 2020 festival too.
However, in a major turn of events, a new one-day incarnation of Glasto is incoming.
The festival’s Co-Chair Emily Eavis confirmed that it’ll be titled Equinox.
Per sources close to the fast-developing production, this year’s edition has been permitted to proceed over a maximum of two consecutive nights (Friday and Saturday) in September.
The festival will be held to a number of conditions established by the district it’ll be taking place in.
Performers will all play on the main Pyramid stage at Worthy Farm.
A capped capacity of 49,999 attendees has been implemented. And while seemingly large, it’ll account for all staff, traders, performers, and crew.
Public camping, which has been central to the traditional Glastonbury, will not be allowed.
Speaking on the event permit that has been granted, Sam Phripp, Councilor and Chair of licensing at Mendip Council, said:
“Whenever a license application is considered, Mendip rightly assesses the impact of an event on local people and seeks to find a decent balance. With regard to Glastonbury Festival Events Limited holding a concert in September, we’ve heard concerns from residents, and those concerns are reflected in more than 50 conditions that have been added to this license. We believe they’re sensible measures, and match the perceived risk of the event.
With a view to COVID-19, of course, any event would have to be COVID-safe, and Mendip will work with other organizations and the organizers to make sure that’s the case.
It’s in everybody’s interest for events like these to be a success, but as chair of licensing at Mendip, I’m clear that we’ll keep our ears and eyes open and take on board feedback from residents in Pilton, just as we would with any other event.”
Glastonbury, which is now in its 52nd year, has seen its iconic stage blazed by the likes of Beyonce, Adele, the Rolling Stones, and Jay-Z.
The news of the September spectacle comes ahead of a mini live-streamed event on May 22 (featuring the likes of Coldplay and Haim). That concert was announced as make-up of sorts for the main show being canceled for the second consecutive year.
As it stands now, it looks like Glastonbury will be making many a mark in 2021!