A very different Glastonbury will go ahead on Saturday night with a one-off global livestream show.
Described as “one continuous wild night” at Somerset’s Worthy Farm, the five-hour Live at Worthy Farm event will have music from Wolf Alice, Coldplay, Jorja Smith, Michael Kiwanuka, George Ezra and Kano among others.
Radiohead’s Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood alongside jazz drummer Tom Skinner have formed a new band called The Smile and will perform “a first-ever set of new, original music” during the virtual show.
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There will also be spoken word performances by Jarvis Cocker, PJ Harvey, Kae Tempest and George The Poet.
Organisers added that attendees can expect “a number of unannounced surprise performances”.
Although billed as a livestream, Saturday’s concert was in fact filmed over the course of the past seven days by Paul Dugdale, who has worked with Adele, Ariana Grande and Taylor, among others.
The virtual event will include performances from well-known sites around the farm including the Pyramid Field and the Stone Circle. It is only accessible with pay-per-view tickets which cost £20.
The livestream tonight starts at 7pm in the UK.
Although it will also be broadcast across different time zones to cater for a global audience.
There will be two “encore screenings” on Sunday for people torn between the concert and the Eurovision Song Contest final, which takes place on Saturday evening.
Live at Worthy Farm will also be in selected UK cinemas.
Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis has said the concert is “going to be like the festival but without people.”
She added: “There will also be some very special guest appearances and collaborations. 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!”
All the artists waived their fees to appear at the show, which organisers hope will “help to secure the festival’s return” next year, as well as supporting Glastonbury’s charitable partners.
This concert is the first in a number of planned events on the festival site over the summer.
Families will be able to camp at Worthy Farm over the school holidays.
Organisers were also recently granted a licence for a one-day concert this September called Equinox.
Although it has not been confirmed if it will happen, the licence would allow up to 50,000 attendees but they will not be able to camp overnight.
Ms Eavis said these events are an attempt to try and recoup the £5 million loss the festival incurred after cancelling in 2020 because of the pandemic.
In a statement on its website the organisers said the livestream event “will support Glastonbury’s three main charitable partners, Oxfam, Greenpeace and WaterAid, as well as helping to secure the Festival’s return in 2022”.