First up: the John Peel Stage…
Glastonbury has begun sharing stage-by-stage playlists compiling artists who were booked to play the Festival’s 50th anniversary this summer (you can listen below).
Earlier this evening (April 14), Glastonbury organisers shared a message via their social media channels saying that they “thought it’d be nice to update our main stages playlists on Spotify with the acts who would’ve been gracing those stages” this year.
We thought it’d be nice to update our main stages playlists on Spotify with the acts who would’ve been gracing those stages at #Glastonbury2020. We begin with the John Peel Stage… https://t.co/8sEIVv7Q7t
— Glastonbury Festival (@glastonbury) April 14, 2020
Cancelled due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis, Glastonbury 2020 was set to be held at Worthy Farm in Pilton, Somerset – from Wednesday, June 24 through Sunday, June 28 – after the line-up poster and first wave of artists was released (Thursday, March 12) which included Diana Ross, Paul McCartney, Taylor Swift, Lana Del, Kendrick Lamar and many more.
Last year, Glastonbury shared individual Spotify playlists for the Pyramid Stage, Other Stage, John Peel Stage, West Holts and The Park.
The ‘John Peel Stage 2020’ playlist includes music from Primal Scream, Beabadoobee, Soccer Mommy, Clairo, Editors, Glass Animals, FKA twigs and more.
This comes after earlier in the month Glasto founder Michael Eavis posted a playlist containing “tracks that remind him of the festival’s first decade”. The collection was accompanied by a passage written by Eavis in which he looked back on his experiences at Worthy Farm in the ’70s (you can listen below).
In a message from organisers, announcing Glastonbury 2020’s cancellation, Michael and Emily Eavis explained that cancelling this year’s event was their “only viable option” following “new government measures announced this week” 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.”
Doing their best to help combat the COVID-19 epidemic – the Festival, headed by organiser Emily Eavis, donated cotton tote bags to hospitals in need, while also giving away thousands of litres of hand sanitiser, gloves and face masks meant for Glastonbury 2020 to frontline emergency services – including Avon and Somerset Police and NHS staff.