Despite the coronavirus outbreak, Glastonbury Festival 2020 organisers are still making plans for the June event.
On 12th March, Emily Eavis announced the initial list of musical acts for the 50th anniversary of Glastonbury.
Eavis wrote on Instagram “As things stand we are still working hard to deliver our 50th anniversary Festival in June and we are very proud of the bill that we have put together over the last year or so”
Some of the biggest names confirmed to date for Glastonbury 2020 are Diana Ross, Kendrick Lamar, Paul McCartney and Taylor Swift.
Taylor Swift will close the 2020 Glastonbury festival. On Twitter, Swift tweeted about her Sunday night Pyramid stage slot:
“I’m ecstatic to tell you that I’ll be headlining Glastonbury on its 50th anniversary – See you there!”
Following Adele headlining in 2016, Taylor Swift’s performance will make her the sixth solo female headliner in Glastonbury festival’s fifty-year history.
Swift will join headliners Diana Ross, who will play the “legends” slot on Sunday teatime and Paul McCartney, who will perform on Saturday.
Michael Eavis, the founder of Glastonbury, said: “I’m so pleased to announce Taylor Swift will be headlining the Sunday at Glastonbury 2020. She’s one of the biggest stars in the world and her songs are absolutely amazing. We’re so delighted.”
Titled ‘Lover’, Swift’s seventh album was placed at No 27 in the Guardian’s list of the best albums of 2019. It was also announced to have sold more than one million “pure” copies.
Co- Festival organiser Emily Eavis added: “Taylor is one of the biggest and best artists on the planet, and we’re just so pleased that she’s coming here to Worthy Farm to join us for our fiftieth birthday celebrations.”
With regards to the gender split of performers being “as close to 50-50” at this year’s festival, Emily Eavis told Music Week: “It’s as important to have females on the bill as much as men but the pool – certainly on the headliner front – is not as big. So we have to work on that as an industry and nurture all these women coming through.”
Swift advocates the increased presence of women in music industry roles and has hailed a new generation of female pop peers including Billie Eilish, Dua Lipa and Lizzo.
Swift told the Hollywood Palladium “Rather than fighting to be taken seriously in their fields, these women are still struggling to have a chance to even be in the room”
Glastonbury organisers cannot confirm 2020 festival will go ahead. However, earlier this month, for an article in The Independent it was stated: ‘We continue to plan and prepare for the event, whilst at the same time closely monitoring developments’
Glastonbury Festival’s Head of Event Operations, Adrian Coombs was interviewed by Somerset Live and said: “Glastonbury Festival thoroughly plans each year’s event, and puts in place all necessary measures to protect the public and maximise safety.
We work closely with all of the relevant agencies, including Public Health England and the NHS, and always review our plans as any circumstances change.
With this in mind and with our 2020 Festival still, 16 weeks away, we continue to plan and prepare for the event, whilst at the same time closely monitoring developments with the coronavirus situation.”
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