In the first Glastonbury news of 2015, the Dalai Lama seems to have self-confirmed himself for a talk at the iconic Somerset festival.
The head monk of Tibetan Buddhism, real name Tenzin Gyatso, announced on his website yesterday that he would make an appearance on Sunday 28 June.
“His Holiness will give a talk at the Glastonbury Festival in the morning,” a post on the ‘Schedule’ section of dalailama.com read, according to many reports.
However, the announcement has now been removed from the website, possibly because the full Worthy Farm line-up is not expected until April and organisers wish to keep details under wraps.
A talk on Buddhism in the 21st century at Kempton Racecourse in Middlesex remains on the Dalai Lama’s schedule for the following day, meaning he will be in England at the time.
High profile public speakers are not uncommon at Glastonbury’s Green Fields, with the Dalai Lama’s exiled Tibetan monks performing there in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Tibetan Declaration of Independence in 2013.
“The work that the Gyuto Monks do in the west has my full support,” the Dalai Lama said at the time.
The Dalai Lama’s reported Glastonbury appearance has yet to be officially confirmed by festival organisers. A Glastonbury spokesperson is yet to respond to our request for comment.
The first act confirmed for next summer’s festival was Lionel Richie in November. “We felt very lucky to get the call from a true Motown legend asking to play next year,” said co-organiser Emily Eavis.
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“He’s got so many amazing songs, so to see him perform here on the farm is just going to be wonderful.”
The “Endless Love” singer, 65, will perform in the Sunday Legends slot famously filled by Dolly Parton last year.
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