- 25 Jun 20
Eavis did not confirm whether the same headliners will return for 2021.
Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis has revealed the 2021 event plan, expressing her hopes that Paul McCartney will return next year and promising to combine two years' worth of festivals into one.
The 2020 edition of Glastonbury was scheduled to begin yesterday, June 24, but was scrapped due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and lockdown restrictions.
Appearing on the BBC 6 Music show today, Eavis explained that expansive plans for next years' outing are already underway.
“I think because we’re rolling two festivals together for 2021, we’ve got a hell of a lot of surprises that we were planning for the 50th,” she commented.
“Logistically, it’s a little bit complicated, because we’d already planned quite a few acts for 2021. It was one of those unusual years where you’re quite far ahead on the line-up. So we’re trying to work out how much we can fit in to next year.”
This year was set to celebrate 50 years of the event, with headliners Kendrick Lamar, Taylor Swift and Paul McCartney billed at top performers.
Eavis did not confirm whether the same headliners will return in 2021, but spoke of her hope that McCartney will return.
“We had Paul McCartney for this year. It’s unbearable to think that’s not happening, because it would have been the ultimate way to see in our 50th year,” she explained.
“But I’m imagining him playing this, it’s just such a beautiful song. It feels right for now: We’re remaining optimistic, but it’s choppy waters. I really hope that he’ll be back next year, singing it from the Pyramid.”
The Glastonbury virtual line-up #GlastoAtHome was also released two days ago by Emily and Michael Eavis.
"Clearly this was not a course of action we hoped to take for our 50th anniversary event," they revealed in a statement, "But following the new government measures announced this week – and in times of such unprecedented uncertainty – this is now our only viable option."