Glastonbury Festival to Be Livestreamed as a Global Event This Year

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For anyone who has not been able to experience Glastonbury yet, here’s a chance many will be snapping up!

With many award-winning artists selling out virtual concerts catering to a global audience, music festivals are now cashing in on this pandemic-related phenomenon that brings live entertainment straight to our screens.

Glastonbury sign on Worthy Farm Grounds | Image via Vicky Flip Flop Travels

Two days ago, Glastonbury Festival announced on Twitter that it will return as a global livestream event in 2021, following its cancellation last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Fortunately for us, this time capacity is unlimited, and people will be spared the mad rush to secure tickets for the festival, as well as save on airfare!

Via Twitter.com

Live at Worthy Farm will take place in multiple time zones over five hours on Saturday, May 22 2021, with tickets priced at RM114 (US$27.50). Artists lined up for this year’s Glastonbury include Coldplay, Damon Albarn, Haim, Idles, Jorja Smith, Kano, Michael Kiwanuka, and Wolf Alice, along with special guests, who will be staged around the famous festival site.

The event’s broadcast, which will reportedly take viewers throughout various parts like the Pyramid Stage, is set to be directed by multiple Grammy-nominated Paul Dugdale: one of the world’s leading pop culture directors, responsible for creating critically acclaimed, pioneering concert films, music documentaries, and global live events. He was also in charge on filming Taylor Swift and Ariana Grande’s tours for Netflix.

Revellers cheer as Australian singer Kylie performs at the Glastonbury Festival of Music and Performing Arts on Worthy Farm near the village of Pilton in Somerset, South West England, on June 30, 2019 | Image by Oli SCARFF / AFP via Getty Images

Making the festival a virtual experience isn’t a new forte for organisers, seeing how last year’s 50th anniversary of Glastonbury was aired as a BBC special that combined live performances with archived footage after the festival was forced to be cancelled amid a Covid-stricken environment. The live BBC telecast was watched by  more than 10 million people.

With how live entertainment is evolving, many are now enjoying the convenience factors that come with live streaming, especially when international travel is still at a disadvantage. Is live streaming here to stay for good? It remains to be seen, but for now, we’ll take what we can get.

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