January this year was a very bleak month on many fronts, not least when news landed from Worthy Farm that Glastonbury Festival was to be cancelled for yet another year.
However, on Monday a cryptic post of the Kings Meadow appeared on Instagram bathed in light and shadows accompanied by the hashtag #LIVEATWORTHYFARM. Then at 8am this morning exciting plans were unveiled for a global ticketed livestream on Saturday 22 May.
Filmed across the Festival’s Worthy Farm site at landmarks including the Pyramid Field and the Stone Circle, the event will see a range of artists giving their time to perform in support of the Festival, including Coldplay, Damon Albarn, HAIM, IDLES, Jorja Smith, Kano, Michael Kiwanuka, Wolf Alice, plus DJ Honey Dijon, who will all perform as part of an uninterrupted film production. There will also be a number of unannounced surprise performances.
The event will support Glastonbury’s three main charitable partners, Oxfam, Greenpeace and WaterAid, as well as helping to secure the Festival’s return in 2022.
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Plans are also afoot for a family-friendly summer camp starting in July on the farm, plus a potential two-day concert to be held in September around the same time as the usual Pilton Party. We love it when a plan comes together! More news on this as things develop.
As many folks reading this will know, Oxfam recruits and mobilises over 6,000 volunteers to deliver fundraising stewarding, campaigning and festival shops at 20 of the UK’s biggest festivals (Glastonbury, Reading, Leeds, Shambala, WOMAD, Boomtown, Latitude plus many others). This work raises £100,000’s each year to help us continue our fight against poverty.
The last 12-months have been heart-breaking and catastrophic for the events sector, not to mention the impact on the charities and good causes which usually benefit from a summer of festivals.
Monday of this week signposted the way out of this, with small outdoor gatherings given the permission to go ahead. This will hopefully give us all a much-needed boost after a hard winter, by making it much easier to meet our friends and families for the Easter holiday, and whetting our appetites for a summer of festival fields ahead.
In the coming weeks as the days become longer, we are incredibly proud to be launching our festival volunteer applications for this year. Our plans are afoot working alongside the government’s roadmap in anticipation of the absolute joy to be seeing everyone back in the field again this summer. We simply cannot wait! Get yourself signed up now!