Glastonbury Festival organisers announce plans to hold a concert at Worthy Farm in September

Organisers have applied to host for a two-day family-friendly music event

Organisers of Glastonbury Festival have applied to host a two-day family-friendly music event. Unsplash
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Though Glastonbury Festival has been cancelled for the second year in a row due to the Covid-19 pandemic, organisers are now hoping to hold a smaller concert this summer at its Worthy Farm home.

“We have put an application in for a licence for a concert at the farm in September,” Emily Eavis, co-organiser of the festival, said in a post on Instagram.

“Of course, we’ve no idea yet whether we’ll be able to do that, but we wanted to get the application in to be in with a chance. Unlikely we’ll have any news for a couple of months – but will let you know right here when we do.”

The scale of the proposed music event is yet to be revealed, but it will be a much smaller affair than the annual festival, which usually runs for five days. Eavis said the new application was for a two-day event with a “family-friendly campsite".

If the event goes ahead, it will take place in September, around the time the farm hosts the Pilton Party, a yearly event held to say thank you to the residents of the small village of Pilton, Somerset, which is invaded by hundreds of thousands of revellers headed for Worthy Farm each June.

“It’s so good to dream up plans and hope that some of these things could potentially happen later this year,” Eavis said.

Before the 2021 festival's cancellation was announced earlier this year, Eavis had said organisers were exploring the viability of streaming parts of the event.

“We’re actually looking into the possibility of streaming some things from here if we can’t run the full show,” she said in December. “We really want to get busy with planning some gigs – even if they’re to be streamed.”

Glastonbury is one of the biggest festivals in the world, and the cancelled 2020 event was set to mark the 50th anniversary.