Glastonbury 2020 was canceled due to Covid-19, but in 2021 they plan to celebrate it on a large scale. Indeed, this weekend Glastonbury will be 50 years old!
The festival was due to be celebrating its 50th anniversary this weekend, with headline sets from Paul McCartney, Taylor Swift and Kendrick Lamar.
Instead, it was called off in March as the coronavirus pandemic (Covid-19) took hold.
“Having to cancel was quite gutting,” Eavis told BBC 6 Music. “But the first year back after what we’ve been through will be the most amazing party.”
“We all need it, the public need it, we all need that kind of connection. We need to be together.” “Being forced to be in lockdown and everything we’ve all gone through together has made those things all the more precious.” Emily Eavis.
She hinted that next year’s line-up could be one of the most spectacular yet, with sets delayed from this year’s festival combined with the artists already booked for 2021.
“Because we’re rolling two festivals together, we’ve got a hell of a lot of surprises that we were planning for the 50th and I think we’re going to try and get those things going for next year,” she told BBC 6 Music.
Eavis said she “really hopes” Paul McCartney can return to headline the Pyramid Stage next year, but admitted the festival faced “choppy waters” in preparing for 2021.
More than 200,000 people, including 135,000 ticket-holders, would have descended on Worthy Farm in Somerset if the festival had gone ahead this weekend.
To mark what would have been Glastonbury weekend, the BBC is repeating dozens of classic sets from the festival’s history on TV, radio over the next four days.
Performances by David Bowie, Beyonce, Kylie Minogue, Adele, Jay-Z The Rolling Stones, Stormzy and Arctic Monkeys will be broadcast over the weekend, alongside documentaries and acoustic performances from the BBC’s archive.
“We’re going to be catching up on loads of old sets online,” said Eavis. “I’m really pleased the BBC have managed to put so many sets up because… we never watch the coverage when everyone else is watching at home.”