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New details surface about Glastonbury’s “on-sea” Victorian pier

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The seaside is coming to The Park

Following previous revelations by Glastonbury Festival founder Michael Eavis that a 60-metre pier is set to be one of the new attractions at Worthy Farm this June – additional details have now emerged of what to expect from the new Victorian seaside pier at Glastonbury 2019.

Eavis revealed the unusual attraction as he attended the launch of Joe Rush‘s new solo show, Stories from the Wasteland, at the newly opened Vinegar Yard.

Anyone who’s been to Glastonbury since the early ’80s has more than likely been exposed to Rush’s outstanding artwork at some point or another – from 1985’s Skull Bus and 2003’s Joe Strummer Memorial Tree to 2015’s Peace Time Flies and 2017’s Ccinemageddon, Rush has been there every step of the way.

© Amelia Troubridge

Rush, whose elaborate works have previously featured at the festival explained that he will be building “an enormous pier” for this year’s festival, which will be aptly called “Glastonbury on-sea”.

At the same event, Eavis revealed the new project is said to resemble a “Victorian pier” and will stretch 60-meters long!

Now, Rush has shared images of his design as well as explaining what it will feature when it makes its debut in The Park area.

Speaking to BristolLive, Rush said: “I approached Michael about the idea during the fallow year,” said the abstract artist, who also creates the imposing sculptures that are fixed at the top of the Pyramid Stage and Other Stage.

“He loves seaside attractions and often talks to me about the seaside rides he enjoyed going on as a child.

“Growing up in Hastings, I have always had a great love of the seaside too.

“The idea was then given the green light and we got to work.”

“I’m really excited about this project – it’s going to be absolutely huge,” Rush continued. “When completed it’s going to weigh 160 tonnes so putting it all together is a massive job. We have a team to build it as well as a team to put all the entertainment on it. Different bits of it are being built all over the place but the majority being made in Blandford Forum.

He added: “It’s going to have everything you’d expect to find on a pier, including Punch and Judy, an arcade, carnival shows, a fortune teller, a wheel of death and more. Basically everything except the sea.”

Glastonbury 2019 runs between June 26 and 30 at Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset.

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