The organisers of Glastonbury have announced that Coldplay, Damon Albarn, Haim, Idles, Jorja Smith, Kano, Michael Kiwanuka and Wolf Alice will perform at Live at Worthy Farm, a ticketed live-stream event to be broadcast on 22 May.
The five-hour film, directed by Grammy-nominated film-maker Paul Dugdale, will be presented as an uninterrupted production, tracing the arc of what festival co-organiser Emily Eavis called “one continuous wild night” at the festival, via festival landmarks including the Pyramid stage, the stone circle and the notorious south-east nightclubbing corner.
The event will be broadcast in full across four different time zones, with tickets costing £20 and an unlimited capacity. “We always try to keep the ticket price down,” said Eavis. “Some people said, ‘You could charge £60.’ We were like, no. For a while we thought we could do it for free. But actually, we do need to have a ticket price and £20 seems really reasonable for that many acts.”
Glastonbury lost £5m from having to cancel in 2020. This year’s cancellation came earlier, significantly lessening the losses. “We know we’re not going to recoup £5m, obviously, but we will be able to make a bit back,” said Eavis.
Staging Live at Worthy Farm will “cost a lot of money”, she said. “I can’t give an exact figure because we’re not even there yet, but I think we’ll be able to make a significant donation to the festival pot and to our charities, so that’s really all that matters.”