Glastonbury could return as a two-day concert in September

The Glastonbury Festival site could play host to a two-day live music event for 50,000 later this year.

With the full festival unable to take place once again due to the pandemic, the organisers have submitted an application to Mendip District Council for permission to hold a two-day event at Worthy Farm in September, reports SomersetLive.

The proposed event would use only the famous Pyramid Stage, with a capacity of just under 50,000 – around half of the stage’s usual capacity. And unlike the main Glastonbury Festival, there would be no overnight camping.

In a recent Instagram post, organiser Emily Eavis said: “For those asking for an update on our plans later this year, we have put an application in for a licence for a concert at the farm in September (around the time we’d usually do Pilton Party). Of course, we’ve no idea yet whether we’ll 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.”

In March, the organisers confirmed that an exclusive one-day global livestream event would take place on Saturday 22 May, with viewers able to pick from six different livestreams to cover all global time zones. 

‘Live from Worthy Farm’ will be filmed across the Somerset site’s famous landmarks, including the Pyramid Field and Stone Circle and will feature performances from Coldplay, Damon Albarn and Haim.

Last week, it was announced that the global livestream will also be shown in UK cinemas. 

With no full festival going ahead this summer, Worthy Farm is being transformed into a family-friendly campsite – known as Worthy Pastures – for one year only.