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Groove Armada say they “need to be” at Glastonbury 2020

Groove Armada say they “need to be” at Glastonbury 2020

The electronic music duo have issued their ‘come-and-get-me’ plea to Glastonbury ahead of the Festival’s 50th anniversary this summer

Groove Armada have expressed their desire to play Glastonbury 2020 and take part in the Festival’s 50th anniversary this June.

In a recent interview the electronic music duo – comprised of Andy Cato and Tom Findlay – told NME: “We”d love to do it, it’s the 50th year and there’s history for us because we’ve closed the second stage,”

Findlay added: “We headlined the John Peel Stage too, and it was one of my favourite gigs of all time. We’ve got that history and Groove Armada need to be there – so I’m sending that out to the bookers. We’d love to play it, in some shape or form.”


The dance pioneers have not been keeping their wishes to return to the Worthy Farm-held event a secret, and in a response to a fan asking about the possibility of a Glasto performance, the duo replied: “Not been invited to the party, shame… might try jumping the fence”.

While another response from the band saw them prompting a fan to contact Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis and ask if they could play Glastonbury 2020.

Groove Armada first played Glastonbury back in 2002 when they took to the Other Stage, while 2004 saw them play the Pyramid Stage, in addition to headlining the Festival’s mentioned Other Stage in 2008 and The John Peel Stage in 2010.


The ‘I See You Baby’ duo gear up to release a new album in 2020, which will be their first record of original material since 2010’s ‘Black White’ and ‘White Light’.

Groove Armada have also recently been announced as Lindisfarne Festival headliners for 2020 and their current gig plans will see them play a Teenage Cancer Trust show at the Royal Albert Hall in March, marking their debut at the historic venue.

“We’ve had quite a long affiliation with them, lots of more clubby stuff and events in London, but this is the first time we’ve played at the Royal Albert Hall,” said Findlay of the show.

“It’s one of those venues that’s always been on my bucket list: we’ve done Brixton Academy and closed the Other Stage at Glastonbury, so it’s an honour. There’s a real sense of occasion too, that just comes with the cause.”

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 already 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 on April 19.

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

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