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Glastonbury’s Emily Eavis to get NME’s Godlike Genius award

Glastonbury’s Emily Eavis to get NME’s Godlike Genius award

Emily Eavis to be celebrated for her outstanding contribution to the Glastonbury Festival in its 50th year, and crowned Godlike Genius

Glastonbury Festival organiser Emily Eavis will be crowned as this year’s Godlike Genius at the NME Awards 2020.

The full list of nominations for the NME Awards 2020 has been revealed earlier today (January 20), with Eavis being the first winner to be announced ahead of the ceremony – set to take place at London’s O2 Academy Brixton on February 12 – where she will be honoured alongside the best music and culture of the last 12 months.

Emily Eavis will be celebrated for her outstanding contribution to the Glastonbury Festival in its 50th year, after having the baton passed to her by her father, Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis, who himself was named Godlike Genius in 1996.

Eavis follows in the footsteps of the likes of Blondie, U2, The Cure, Noel Gallagher, The Clash, Coldplay and the Pet Shop Boys in receiving the Godlike Genius Award – and will be the first non-performer to do so in almost 20 years.


Emily said in a statement: “This festival has had so many incredible moments over its 50 years, ones that will stay with us forever.

“Part of the beauty of the event is that it’s brought together by a huge force of great creative masterminds and it’s such a privilege to continue to put this show on and allow it to evolve.

“I remember being at the NME Awards when I was 16 and being so proud to see my dad named Godlike Genius. It’s a huge honour to be given the same award all these years later. Thank you NME.”

The NME Editorial Team added: “We’re especially humbled to be able to honour Glastonbury Festival’s Emily Eavis with our Godlike Genius Award. She is, after all, the only person in Britain who throws a better party than we do.”


Emily Eavis grew up around the Festival, which takes place on her father’s Worthy Farm in Somerset. In a recent interview, she mentioned that one of her earliest memories is giving a violin rendition of Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star on the Pyramid Stage in 1985, when she was five years old, just before that year’s headliners, Paul Weller’s The Style Council.

Initially trying to avoid working at the Festival, Eavis trained as a teacher at Goldsmiths University in London. But after her mother died of cancer in 1999, she returned home to help her father and eventually became a co-organiser of the Festival.

In addition to envisioning and creating a whole new area, which debuted in 2007 – The Park – along with her husband, Nick Dewey, she now books the Festival’s main stages, and is responsible for bringing titan acts like The Rolling Stones, while also making bold decisions and launching known acts into a whole other level of stardom – as with Stormzy, at the latest edition of the Festival in 2019.

Earlier last year, Eavis vowed to make the line-up “as close to” a 50/50 gender split as possible, setting an example for other festivals around the UK.

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Meanwhile, 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 (which don’t include travel) on April 19.

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

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