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Block9 confirm IICON return for Glastonbury 2020

Block9 confirm IICON return for Glastonbury 2020

The giant sculptural art piece will be returning for Glastonbury’s 50th anniversary this June

Block9 have confirmed the return of IICON to Glastonbury for the Festival’s 50th anniversary this summer.

In a mail-out sent earlier today (February 7), Block9 informed subscribers that 2020 is shaping up nicely for them with “some very exciting projects on the horizon” that they look forward to sharing with everyone. The newsletter went on to thank fans for getting involved during 2019 and confirmed that IICON will be returning for Glastonbury 2020.

Making its debut at Worthy Farm last year – IICON is an immense sculptural artwork, architectural intervention and immersive music project, posing questions about power, technology and humanity in the digital age. It premiered at Glastonbury 2019 and will be touring the world from 2020.

Taking the form of a colossal, anonymised head – epic in scale, sinister in nature – IICON is a pseudo-religious monument to the terrifying new realities emerging in our digital, data-driven, post-truth age. It showcases a vision of future music from the cutting edge of today’s underground, from Glitch-Funk Algorave and Post-Dubstep IDM, to Footwork, Grime, Electro and Cyber-Dub.


In addition to IICON featuring a 20-minute audio-visual immersive experience ‘IICON:AV-3D’, which was shown each night of the festival last summer – the late-night installation also saw music from the likes of Dan HabarNam, Laurel Halo & Kode9, and Freakenstein.

Block9 co-founders – Gideon Berger and Steven Gallagher – explained how they built the monolithic IICON stage at Glastonbury in a short documentary shot by Dezeen at the famous music festival (watch below).

Meanwhile, Shangri-La had confirmed earlier in the week that The Gas Tower will also be back for Glastonbury 2020, while Arcadia has been reported as being in the works for debuting 4 new performance pieces at the Festival later this year.

Taylor Swift was the second headliner to be announced for the 2020 edition of the Festival – after Paul McCartney, and joins Diana Ross who was officially confirmed earlier last year as Glastonbury’s 50-anniversary ‘Legends’ slot performer – while Mike Skinner, Carl CoxFun Lovin’ Criminals and most recently Crowded House are the latest big-scale artists to self-confirm for the Festival’s 2020 bill thus far.

Also confirmed for the bill are Wolf Alice who were announced as playing Glastonbury’s 50th by non-other than Glasto founder, Michael Eavis himself.

Despite the fact that the full line-up for Glastonbury 2020 has yet to be released – all tickets for the Festival’s 50th anniversary have now sold out, with General Admission tickets selling out in 33 minutes, following Coach + Ticket Packages which sold out in just 27 minutes.

There are still ways to go to Glastonbury this year, and in addition to being able to volunteer – there will also be a resale of any cancelled tickets in the spring, with coach + ticket packages going up for resale on April 16 – followed by a general admission tickets resale on April 19.

Glastonbury 2020 will take place at Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset – from Wednesday 24th to Sunday 28th June.

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