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Glastonbury’s special Pyramid Stage centred concert gets go-ahead

Glastonbury’s special Pyramid Stage centred concert gets go-ahead

Equinox: Set for September

Glastonbury Festival has been granted the licence by Mendip District Council to host a one-off special concert later this year.

The planned event has been permitted to span across a two (individual) day period and is set to take place Friday 17th and Saturday 18th September 2021 at Worthy Farm, Pilton with live acts appearing solely on the iconic Pyramid Stage for 40,000 public ticket holders each day.

The one-off event will take place 51 years after the very first Glastonbury Festival – then known as the Pilton Pop, Blues & Folk Festival – was held back in 1970 on September 19th.

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In a recent interview to NME – Prior to the sub-committee’s decision – Festival organiser Emily Eavis said: “The September gig is a large version of the Pilton Party [an annual ‘thank you’ fundraising gig for villagers, workers and local people]. We do that every September, but it will just be bigger and the public can come down. We’ll call it Equinox if we do it. We’ve got a licence hearing and we’re working with the authorities to see what we can do, but it’s just one step at a time really. I really can’t talk about it too much right now because it’s all still being discussed with the council.”

The licensing documents submitted by the Festival state that “any relevant ‘Covid-secure’ measures will be put in place in accordance with all government legislation and guidance”.

Metting on Wednesday, May 12, the licensing sub-committee discussed plans for the event after Glastonbury Festivals Plc submitted a licence application back in March. The licensing meeting was called after a number of representations were made by both council staff and local residents, in regards to potential issues such as traffic disruption, public nuisance, noise levels and COVID-19 transmission raised.

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Now, following the sub-committee’s careful considerations, it concluded in a statement that: “The Sub-Committee has agreed to grant the September Event PRL823 premises licence application, from Glastonbury Festival Events Limited, with no modifications, subject to the inclusion of the following conditions…” – with the main conditions relating to the approval of the Emergency Services and a detailed Event Management Plan.

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.

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)
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Meanwhile, with Glastonbury being forced to cancel both its 2020 and 2021 editions due to the coronavirus pandemic, bookings for a one year only family-friendly campsite at Worthy Farm this summer – known as Worthy Pastures – have recently been opened, in addition to a special livestreamed concert from Worthy Farm set for next week on Saturday, 22nd May (with encore screenings on Sunday, May 23).

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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