Glastonbury 2021 will be ‘a double celebration’, says organiser Emily Eavis

‘Having to cancel was quite gutting. But the first year back after what we’ve been through will be the most amazing party’

Louis Chilton
Thursday 25 June 2020 10:41
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Next year’s Glastonbury music festival will be a “double celebration”, according to event organiser Emily Eavis.

The iconic festival was set to celebrate its 50th anniversary this weekend, but was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Eavis told BBC Music: “Having to cancel was quite gutting. But the first year back after what we’ve been through will be the most amazing party.

“We all need it, the public need it. We all need that kind of connection. We need to be together. Being forced to be in lockdown and everything we’ve all gone through together has made those things all the more precious.”

Kendrick Lamar, Paul McCartney and Taylor Swift were booked to headline the five-day event.

Over the weekend, the BBC has programmed a selection of historical Glastonbury performances to be re-aired on iPlayer, including sets from David Bowie, Arctic Monkeys, Amy Winehouse and Beyoncé.

Last year’s history-making headline set from Stormzy will also feature.

Marcus Mumford recently spoke to BBC Breakfast about his disappointment after missing out on this year’s event. His band, Mumford and Sons, had been booked to play a surprise set.

“It would sort of be alright if it was anything other than Glastonbury,” he said, “but Glastonbury for us, especially as a band, we always set out hearts on it.

“You know, it’s the highlight. It’s the best festival in the world.”

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