Coldplay to star as canceled Glastonbury goes online

Chris Martin of Coldplay performs at the Beacon Theater in New York, May 5, 2014. (Photo: NYTimes)
The Glastonbury Festival will on Saturday livestream a concert featuring Coldplay at its famous farm site in southwest England, after the coronavirus pandemic led to the blockbuster event’s cancellation for the second consecutive summer.اضافة اعلان

The five-hour virtual show will also include performances by Damon Albarn, Wolf Alice, Haim, Michael Kiwanuka and others from well-known stages around Glastonbury’s Worthy Farm, including the Stone Circle and Pyramid field.

Organizer Emily Eavis, who announced in January that the annual event was canceled for a second year, said it would be “like the festival but without people”.

“We’re very excited to be able to show the farm in a way that people have never really seen it, with these incredible artists,” she told BBC radio.

The event will be livestreamed and played on delay across four international time zones and tickets cost £20 (JD20), with Eavis adding there will be “a number of unannounced surprise performances”.

Paul Dugdale, the event’s director, said he hoped to recreate the event’s sense of adventure.

“The overarching vision of it was to... just try and take people on a bit of a journey.

“Glastonbury is an adventure, and you never quite know what’s around the corner and often the best parts of the festival are the parts you weren’t expecting, and that’s really fun,” he said.

Britain is gradually opening up after its latest COVID-19 lockdown, and the timing of the Glastonbury event, when many smaller venues will be hoping to reopen, drew some criticism.

“I think what the live industry really needs right now is some collective, collaborative, joined-up thinking,” Mark Davyd, founder and chief executive of the Music Venue Trust, wrote on Twitter.

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