Glastonbury Festival will return in September

A limited Glastonbury Festival will return in September with up to 50,000 people able to enjoy a unique special event at Worthy Farm.

Organizers were forced to cancel plans for the long-awaited five-day festival in June due to the Covid pandemic, which also saw the 2020 event cancelled.

But Emily and Michael Eavis have now been granted permission to hold a two-day concert on September 17 and 18 after applying to Mendip District Council.

The license allows use of the Pyramid stage for a maximum of “two consecutive nights”, with live music permitted between 4 p.m. and 11 p.m.

However, the one-off event will not have provisions for on-site camping for the 40,000 fans and 10,000 staff who may be in attendance.

Organizers say festival-goers will instead use nearby hotels, bed and breakfasts and campsites, but local residents have expressed concerns about the high number of visitors to the area.

A limited Glastonbury Festival will return in September with 50,000 people able to enjoy a special one-day event at Worthy Farm

Organizers were again forced to cancel plans for the typical five-day festival in June due to the Covid pandemic, which also saw the 2020 event scrapped

Organizers were again forced to cancel plans for the typical five-day festival in June due to the Covid pandemic, which also saw the 2020 event scrapped

Sam Phripp, Chairman of the Licensing Council, said: ‘We hope Covid believes this event will be a success, and we look forward to welcoming music lovers to our corner of Somerset this autumn.

“In view of Covid-19, of course, any event should be Covid safe, and @MendipCouncil will work with other organizations and organizers to ensure this is the case.”

The news will be welcomed by thousands of eager festival-goers who have not been able to return to Worthy Farm since 2019, but locals have raised concerns about the lack of camping arrangements.

Joanna Benner, who lives in nearby Pilton, also told the licensing subcommittee meeting that residents were concerned about the impact the gig might have on traffic.

Others claimed they had no ‘meaningful contact’ with the organisers, while worrying about the size of the crowd with only a fraction of the normal site open.

Glastonbury insisted its request was ‘fully appropriate and complete’.

The license was granted by the Mendip Council a week after the proposals were debated on May 12.

The license only allows use of the Pyramid stage, with no camping allowed on site despite the potential presence of 40,000 fans and 10,000 employees.

The license only allows use of the Pyramid stage, with no camping allowed on site despite the potential presence of 40,000 fans and 10,000 employees.

Depending on the terms, Mendip Council said the Worthy Farm concert could take place over a maximum of

Depending on the terms, Mendip Council said the Worthy Farm concert could take place over a maximum of “two consecutive nights”.

Festival organizers announce ‘epic’ five-hour live stream featuring Coldplay to take place in May

Glastonbury will hold a reduced virtual replacement for the music festival on Saturday with artists such as Coldplay performing.

The festival’s 50th anniversary extravaganza, originally scheduled for 2020, has been canceled for the second consecutive year due to health and safety concerns over the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

Speaking to Radio 2 presenter Dermot O’Leary in March, Emily Eavis revealed she would be replacing the main event with a five-hour special filled with a special guest list, to be held at Somerset’s Worthy Farm and available to stream at just £20. a note.

Pictured: Coldplay's Chris Martin

Pictured: Coldplay’s Chris Martin

The live event will also give festival regulars a chance to revisit some of the venue’s popular landmarks, including its legendary stone circle.

She said: “Since last March, we have been working on our first global paid live streaming event. It’s taken a long time to come to this, and we’re happy to announce today that on May 22nd, we’ll be releasing an incredible roster of artists, all from Worthy Farm.

“We’re taking you through a five-hour journey on a night out at Worthy Farm with the artists, so it’s going to be like the festival but without the people.”

It allows ‘multi-artist live music concerts’ to be broadcast on the Pyramid Stage, although no information on queues and ticketing has yet been released.

However, the September event could see those who couldn’t headline the main stage in 2020 finally perform.

Taylor Swift, Paul McCartney and Kendrick Lamar were scheduled to perform at the coveted location for the sold-out 50th anniversary event.

Tickets for the 2020 festival were carried over to 2021 before this year’s Glastonbury was again canceled in January.

It is unclear whether current ticket holders will have priority access to the proposed concert in September.

According to Mendip Council’s notice of decision, the event is scheduled to take place on September 17 and 18 between 2 p.m. and midnight.

The conditions read as follows: “The event will be organized on a maximum of two consecutive nights (Friday and Saturday) on a weekend in a calendar year to be agreed at least 120 days before the date of the event.”

It was added that a maximum capacity of 50,000 would include “all staff, traders, performers and crew”.

It is unclear how much of the two-day period Glastonbury will use for their proposed event.

The possibility of a September event was first reported in March, when Glastonbury co-organizer Emily Eavis confessed she was seeking permission to hold a concert.

She said on Instagram: “For those asking for an update on our plans later this year.

“We applied for a license for a concert at the farm in September (around when we usually do Pilton Party).”

It comes as the Eavis prepare for their virtual ‘Live at Worthy Farm’ event, which will see artists such as Coldplay and Jorja Smith perform on Saturday.

The live concert was announced in March for £20 a ticket, with Ms Eavis later extending the five-hour special to also air on Sunday May 23.

This will give festival-goers a chance to revisit some of the venue’s popular landmarks, including the beloved stone circle.

She said: “Since last March, we have been working on our first global paid live streaming event.

“It’s taken a long time to get here, and we’re happy to announce today that on May 22, we’ll be streaming an incredible lineup of artists, all from Worthy Farm.”

“We’re taking you through a five-hour journey on a night out at Worthy Farm with the artists, so it’s going to be like the festival but without the people.”

MailOnline has contacted Glastonbury Festival for comment.

Jan G. Gilbert