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Coldplay are one of the acts set to play Worthy Farm Live (Picture: Samir Hussein/Redferns)
Glastonbury’s decision to host a global livestream on the first weekend music venues can reopen has been described as ‘disappointing’ by the boss of the Music Venue Trust.
Mark Davyd, founder and chief executive of the organisation, said the move represented a ‘complete failure’ by organisers to support grassroots venues hard hit by the pandemic.
Coldplay, Damon Albarn, Haim, Kano and Jorja Smith are among the artists booked to play at various well-known sites around Worthy Farm, including the Stone Circle and Pyramid Stage, on May 22.
But the event has already hit a snag – it clashes with the date currently listed for the grand final of the Eurovision Song Contest.
Mr Davyd wrote on Twitter: ‘I think what the live industry really needs right now is some collective, collaborative, joined-up thinking.
‘Announcing the world’s largest online event for the first weekend on which limited, actual in-person events are permitted really isn’t that.
‘I’m going to politely describe the decision by @glastonbury to choose that specific weekend as “disappointing”.
‘But it unfortunately reflects a complete failure by the festival to support grassroots music venues. Literally no engagement with @musicvenuetrust at all.’
Tickets for the virtual event, which will be broadcast across four separate time zones, cost £20, with organisers also saying there will be ‘a number of unannounced surprise performances’.
Mr Davyd later added: ‘Apparently we can’t stop Glastonbury running a live stream event heavily promoted by the media on the first weekend on which real, actual events will finally take place.
‘But we can promote #ReviveLive and persuade people to spend their £20 in venues that need it.’
He since clarified that Worthy Farm Live was scheduled prior to the roadmap being announced, tweeting: ‘Positive conversation with Drift regarding LiveAtWorthyFarm Appears the event was booked prior to roadmap being announced. It falls to @glastonbury to consider how to deliver this event while supporting grassroots music venues & @musicvenuetrust at a crucial time.’
Glastonbury has missed two summers due to the pandemic (Picture: Andrew Hasson/Getty Images)
Live in-person concerts have largely been cancelled over the past year in the UK due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, with festivals in 2020 cancelled.
While some festivals are going ahead in-person this year, including Reading and Leeds, Isle of Wight and Parklife, Glastonbury announced that its 2021 festival would be postponed until 2022.
Worthy Farm Live also clashes with the Eurovision Song Contest grand final, a move described as baffling by music fans.
The final airs on BBC One, and in 2019, the contest was watched by over 180million people worldwide, leaving people confused as to why Worthy Farm Live would risk splitting the audience.
However, the live-streamed event does avoid clashes with the FA Cup final and the UEFA Champions League final, which are scheduled on Saturday May 15 and May 29 respectively.
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Last year only men – including Harry Styles and Stormzy – made the list for the night’s biggest prize.
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Brit Awards nominations 2021
Male solo artist
Female solo artist
Lianne La Havas
220 Kid (feat GRACEY) – Don’t Need Love
Aitch and AJ Tracey (feat Tay Keith) – Rain
Dua Lipa – Physical
Harry Styles – Watermelon Sugar
Headie One (feat AJ Tracey and Stormzy) – Ain’t It Different
Joel Corry (feat MNEK) Head and Heart
Nathan Dawe (feat KSI) – Lighter
Regard and Raye – Secrets
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Run the Jewels
International female solo artist
International male solo artist
Arlo Parks- Collapsed in Sunbeams
Celeste – Not Your Muse
Dua Lipa – Future Nostalgia
J Hus – Big Conspiracy
Jessie Ware – What’s Your Pleasure?
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Future Nostalgia is up for best album and Dua is also in the race for best female and best British single for Physical.
Celebrating her breakout year, Arlo Parks is also hoping for a triple victory. Her hit record Collapsed In Sunbeams is taking on Dua for best album and they meet again for best female. Arlo is also nominated for the Brits’ breakthrough award.
Rain star AJ Tracey is another triple threat with a best male nod and two tracks up for single of the year.
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