Glastonbury 2016: Emily Eavis promises festival will stay at Worthy Farm and reveals epic David Bowie tribute plans

One Bowie fan is trying to organise a mass sing-along of the 'Starman' icon's hits

Jess Denham
Wednesday 04 May 2016 16:01 BST
Glastonbury's Pyramid Stage will have a makeover to honour David Bowie in 2016
Glastonbury's Pyramid Stage will have a makeover to honour David Bowie in 2016

Vicious rumours that Glastonbury could soon be waving goodbye to its Worthy Farm home have finally been debunked.

Organiser Emily Eavis told the BBC that although the Glastonbury team has plans for a separate festival in 2018 or 2019 while their Somerset farmland recovers, “the main thing to set straight is that Glastonbury itself will always be at Worthy Farm”.

The exciting new event will be a “visual feast” run by the same people as Glastonbury, only called something different and featuring “larger-scale installations as well as music”.

Eavis also revealed Glastonbury’s plans to make over the Pyramid Stage in honour of the late David Bowie, who sadly died of cancer earlier this year. “It’s going to have a tribute to David Bowie - the Aladdin Sane lightning flash, in metal, which will be designed by Joe Rush,” she said.

“We’re also doing Philip Glass’ Heroes Symphony on the Park Stage on Saturday night, which is going to be a really intimate tribute. It’s being conducted by Charles Hazlewood with members of the Paraorchestra and we’re going to do an incredible light show which will go on for the whole show and beyond, into the night.”

Founder Michael Eavis recently said that Bowie’s full Glastonbury headline set from 2000 will be shown on one of the screens when the stages are shut down. One Bowie fan has gone so far as to set up a special ‘GlastonBowie’ Twitter account, from which they are organising a mass sing-along of the “Starman” singer’s hits by the Pyramid Stage. The account has over 1,600 followers so far.

Prince, who Eavis claims was “so close” to headlining Glastonbury in recent years, will also be remembered at the festival, with “talk of late night Prince parties and things”.

“It’s really disappointing that he hasn’t played her but it’s also, obviously, a huge loss to music because he was an incredible force,” Emily Eavis said. “He was just phenomenal. There was no one else like him on the planet.”

This year’s Glastonbury takes place between 22 and 26 June, with Adele, Coldplay and Muse headlining.

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