Summer festivals and Glastonbury goes virtual

Last year, the pandemic wiped out the UK’s summer festival season completely. Only a handful of socially-distanced, small scale shows were able to take place.

After a heartbreaking year of cancellations for festivals and music events in 2020 due to the pandemic, there was an assumption that in 2021 live events would be back with a boom.

As the roadmap out of lockdown continues, the vaccination programme underway and mass testing available, several events have put tickets on sale and confirmed their events. With a lot of confidence that these shows will be able to happen.

Some summer dates for July and August are still in place for festivals such as Camp Bestival, Latitude, BBC Proms and Standon Calling. Events such as the Isle of Wight Festival and TRNSMT have been rescheduled and will go ahead later on in September.

Rescheduling this year isn’t the case for some festivals, with major UK events like Glastonbury, BST Hyde Park, Lytham Festival and Download having to postpone for another year. Many have mentioned the inability to secure cancellation insurance as a factor for cancelling.

You can see the full list of what’s going ahead and when here.

Glastonbury: Live at Worthy Farm 

It can be challenging to determine whether or not your group can go to a music festival this year, but that doesn’t mean it’s completely off the table.

The ‘rule of 6’ and household bubbles allow small groups to meet up in outside places, so why not have your own small scale-socially distanced music festival? 

The organisers at Glastonbury are making this a lot easier after the recent announcement that Glastonbury will be going ahead virtually this year in an exclusive live stream concert from Worthy Farm on Saturday, 22nd May. Watch the announcement video here:

The five-hour livestream will feature performances from a host of amazing artists who are giving their time to support the Festival.

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.

Emily Eavis said:

“After two Glastonbury cancellations, it brings us great pleasure to announce our first online livestream, which will present live music performances filmed across Worthy Farm at landmarks including the Pyramid and, for the first time ever, the Stone Circle.

“We are hoping this will bring a bit of Glastonbury to your homes and that for one night only people all over the world will be able to join us on this journey through the farm together!”

The show starts at 7 pm on 22nd May 2021. Tickets are £20, or £40 for a virtual ticket and exclusive Glastonbury poster. You can find tickets here.

For more information on Glastonbury at home, visit the website here.

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Ashleigh Ridler