On Paul McCartney: “I really hope that he’ll be back next year”
Glastonbury curator, Emily Eavis, joined BBC Radio 6 Music‘s Lauren Laverne to share some special moments from the past 50 years of the legendry festival.
Speaking about everything from the cancellation of Glastonbury 2020 and how it affected the whole Glastonbury team, to her most memorable Glasto-moments throughout the years – whilst looking ahead as to what’s in store for next year’s instalment of the iconic festival.
Speaking about Glastonbury 2021 Emily said: “We’re trying to transfer a lot of the ideas and plans that we had to next year  obviously… And in terms of areas, I think we’re in a really good place […] but I think because we’re rolling 2 festivals together for 2021, we’ve got a hell of a lot of surprises and things that we were planning for the 50th and I think we are going to try and get those things going for next year.
“So logistically, it’s a little bit complicated because we’ve already pencilled-in many of the acts for 2021. It was one of those very unusual years when you’re quite far ahead, two years ahead on the line-up… so we’re trying to work out how much we can fit into next year”
For her final tune, Emily chose to play The Beatles’ ‘I’ll Follow The Sun’ – speaking about Paul McCartney, Emily said: “Obviously we had Paul McCartney for this year, so it’s unbearable to think that it’s not happening because it would have just been the ultimate way to see in our 50th year […] and I really hope that he’ll be back next year.”
You can listen to the full interview – which starts around the 2:10:20 time-mark – now on BBC Sound (available for the next 29 days).
Glastonbury Festival was set to celebrate its 50th anniversary this summer – with headliners in Kendrick Lamar, Paul McCartney and Taylor Swift – but was forced to cancel this year’s instalment due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The news of the cancellation was followed by a joint announcement from Glastonbury Festival and the BBC informing fans a celebratory run of programming across the Glasto-weekend is to be expected instead.
Yesterday afternoon (June 24), the BBC revealed the full list of sets that will be available to watch over the weekend, “minus a few surprise classic sets [which they’ll] share over the weekend”.
The iPlayer pop-up channel launched earlier today (June 25), and features sets from Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, The Charlatans, Fontaines DC, Little Simz, Lewis Capaldi, Billie Eilish, Jay-Z, Kano, Dave, Bon Iver, Lady Gaga, PJ Harvey, Arctic Monkeys, and many more. Check out the full list here.
In a message from organisers, announcing the Festival’s cancellation, Michael and Emily Eavis explained that cancelling this year’s event was their “only viable option” following “new government measures” to prevent the spread of the pandemic – saying: “We’re so sorry that this decision has been made. It was not through choice. But we look forward to welcoming you back to these fields next year and until then, we send our love and support to all of you.”