These are the times that try our souls. As I write this, I am stuck at home hoping my minor cough is just that and nothing else (fortunately, as I write this, my temperature is at 98 degrees.) And even without that, while my neck of the woods hasn’t reached full lockdown levels, virtually everything is closed, from the restaurants to the libraries. And nobody knows how long this state of affairs is going to last. It could be well into next year, the curve could be flat enough by the end of the month. So, as you can imagine, the future for a festival like Glastonbury, with 220,000 people converging on a small patch of farmland, crowding to get a view of the Pyramid Stage, is still up for grabs.
Still working on the assumption that the Coronavirus pandemic will blow over by the last weekend in June (even as the island is still under quarantine), Emily Eavis released this poster to Twitter. She posted on Instagram:
So, after much consideration given the current circumstances, and with the best of intentions, here is the first list of musical acts for Glastonbury 2020.
As things stand we are still working hard to deliver our 50th anniversary Festival in June and we are very proud of the bill that we have put together over the last year or so. No one has a crystal ball to see exactly where we will all be 15 weeks from now, but we are keeping our fingers firmly crossed that it will be here at Worthy Farm for the greatest show on Earth!
As always this is just a taste of what is to come, we plan to announce many more artists and attractions, area by area, over the coming weeks leading up to the full line-up in May.
In the meantime we post this with much love to all.
As it stands, the headliners are Kendrick Lamar, Paul McCartney, and Taylor Swift, with Diana Ross at the legends spot.
Other acts on the bill (just a sampling of those artists I’m at least slightly familiar with):
- Anderson .Paak
- Angel Olsen
- Anna Calvi
- Cage the Elephant
- Charli XCX
- Danny Brown
- Fatboy Slim
- Happy Mondays
- Herbie Hancock
- Isley Brothers
- Jesus and Mary Chain
- Kacey Musgraves
- Lana Del Rey
- Manic Street Preachers
- Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
- Pet Shop Boys
- Primal Scream
- Rufus Wainwright
- Sinead O’Connor
- The Specials
- Suzanne Vega
- Thom Yorke
- The Waterboys.
Of course, it should go without saying that this is all up in the air at this point. As I write this, many of these artists are on other continents and not free to travel to Britain, due to public health risks, because I think we can all agree that it’s better for everyone involved that everyone who got their tickets and everyone on this list not get sick or potentially die (even if the survival rate is about 97%; bear in mind that many of these musicians, including Macca, are in an age bracket at a high risk.)
So, in conclusion, let’s let Mel Brooks explain: