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Here’s everything we know about Glastonbury’s planned Equinox event

Here’s everything we know about Glastonbury’s planned Equinox event

The special Pyramid Stage centred concert is said to commence its build today

Glastonbury is set to start the build for its planned Equinox event scheduled to take place later this year.

Earlier this year (May 12), the legendary Festival was granted a licence by Mendip District Council – which included a list of over 50 conditions – to host a live music event on their festival site with an audience this year, paving the way for a potentially limited concert in September.

Although the application was initially allotted for 2 dates, it had been later confirmed (via an online council meeting) to be just one day long and is noted to still have much planning and approval required in the months ahead, depending on the COVID situation.

No acts have been announced for the event as of the time of writing, likewise, ticket prices have yet to be confirmed.

The special concert is set to have a total capacity of 49,999 – which includes staff, traders and performers, and will offer food stalls and bars, in addition to parking in separate car parks and a bus station to access the main concert arena. There will be no camping on-site as there is a breadth of local hotels, B&Bs and campsites in the area – which could also help local business after the devastating effect of the pandemic.

Among the conditions included in the agreement, it is stated that the mentioned live event cannot be held in the years when the traditional Glastonbury Festival is run, while also exempting the Festival’s affiliated Pilton Party – an annual ‘thank you’ fundraising gig for villagers, workers and local people – from taking place within 30 days of the event.

Speaking to NME recently, Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis said that the festival’s September event would be “a large[r] version of the Pilton Party”, saying: “We do that every September, but it will just be bigger and the public can come down,” – Adding: “We’ll call it Equinox if we do it  …  we’re working with the authorities to see what we can do, but it’s just one step at a time, really.”

You can see the plans for the proposed concert area below, and view the full details of the license application decision notice here.

Proposed area layout showing the Pyramid Stage field
Proposed Pyramid Stage area (in red) alongside car parks (in green, yellow, pink and blue)

Looking at the planning application approval details shows that Saturday, September 18 will be show day, with the actual setting up being the day prior to the event and dismantling of equipment the day after.

The schedule breakdown details that work is set to start on the Pyramid Stage on July 19, with the three-week stage build properly kicking into gear on August 9 and perimeter fence work commencing on August 16.

Audio, lights, video and dressing room equipment are all scheduled to leave the site on Sunday, September 19 (the day after the event), with all infrastructure set to be removed by October 15.

See the full Equinox Build Schedule below:

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Monday 19th July – Pyramid sheets installed – 1 week install 2 weeks allowance for bad weather
Monday 2nd August – all trackway laid for stage build
Friday 6th August – Plant delivered for stage build – cherry picker and tele handlers
Monday 9th – Site Toilets, Longdrop build starts
Monday 9th August – Stage build starts – 3 week build total – start with stage decking – 1 week build
Monday 16th August – Stage build continues – move to IMAG platforms and IMAG Goalposts – crane in use – 1 week build
Monday 16th August – Steel shield perimeter fence build starts
Monday 23rd August – Stage build continues – move to field and install FOH – follow spot pods – delays, camera platforms and WUP
Friday 27th Aug – Stage build complete and ready for load in
Monday 30th August – Friday 3rd Aug – Dressing room tents installed and office / DR cabins / stores dropped (TBC if using tents or cabins for DR)
Monday 30th August – Bar and trade marquee mark out and install starts
Monday 30th August – Internal Herras fence build starts
Monday 6th September – Generator load in – 1 week allowance & lighting installed in DR marquee (if required)
Friday 10th September – Mon 13th Sept Dressing room install begins – carpet & walling / Toilet and shower trailers delivered and sited in position
Monday 13th September – PA load in – tip trucks and rig audio
Tuesday 14th September – Lighting Load in & dressing room furniture delivered in placed
Wednesday 15th September – IMAG screens load in & build / Audio – all flow in field and on stage
Thursday 16th September – Stage video load in & install
Thursday 16th September – Audio propagation tests
Friday 17th September – PM – headliner load in Saturday 18th – SHOW DAY

Sunday 19th September – Load out Audio, lights and video & dressing rooms – all leave site today
Monday 20th September – Toilets off hire and collected / stage de-rig begins – 1 week total / generators leaving site from today – for rest of week
Monday 20th September – all site fences, Marquees and structures start to be taken down and removed
Monday 20th September – site litter pick starts and continues until all waste is removed from site
Tuesday 21st September – onwards – containers and cabins collected – continue into this week
Monday 27th September – stage de-rig complete (weather dependent)
Monday 4th October – Pyramid sheets removed – could be started the week earlier or later – leaving a window for bad weather
Friday 15th October – all clear of Pyramid area – including sheets – with allowance for bad weather


Meanwhile, with Glastonbury being forced to cancel both its 2020 and 2021 editions due to the coronavirus pandemic, bookings are now open for a one year only family-friendly campsite at Worthy Farm this summer – from 23rd July to 31st August 2021 – known as Worthy Pastures.

Glastonbury 2022 is set to take place at its natural home in Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset, from 22nd – 26th June 2022

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