Glastonbury Festival organisers have been teasing new events for some time, as an alternative to the main festival, which was cancelled for the second year in a row back in January. Now, more details have emerged about a potential two-day concert on the Worthy Farm site.
Festival head Emily Eavis first announced that they were seeking a license to hold a different concert back in March, writing on Instagram: “We’ve no idea yet whether we’ll able to do that, but we wanted to get the application in to be in with a chance.” The two-day event would likely take place in September if allowed to go ahead.
Now, new details submitted to Mendip District Council have revealed that the concert could welcome almost 50,000 people (significantly less than the usual number of festival-goers — typically, around 200,000 people attend daily, across the festival’s five-day run — but it’s definitely better than nothing).
As reported by Somerset Live, the proposed concert would only utilise the main Pyramid Stage field at Worthy Farm, with the capacity capped at 49,999 attendees. Overnight camping facilities would not be available, while “any relevant ‘COVID-secure’ measures will be put in place in accordance with all government legislation and guidance”.
A Mendip District Council committee is set to meet on Wednesday, May 12, to discuss the planned event following the application in March.
In the wake of the Glastonbury 2021 cancellation, organisers have also announced a replacement livestream event, Live At Worthy Farm. Airing globally on May 22, the show will feature HAIM, Coldplay, Damon Albarn, Jorja Smith, Kano, and more. See the announcement below for more details.