Glastonbury 2021: how can I watch the live steam - and which artists are in the line up?

You can still buy tickets to Glastonbury’s 2021 live stream – with screenings on Saturday and Sunday.

The festival has been cancelled for the second year in a row.
The festival has been cancelled for the second year in a row.

A virtual Glastonbury Festival, named ‘Live at Worthy Farm’, will air tonight in place of the usual in-person festival.

The event will see high-profile acts play on the farm for a live-streamed audience of thousands around the world.

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How will the event work - and when is it on?

The event will last for five hours in total, with performers playing in-person on Worthy farm, where Glastonbury Festival is usually held in person each year.

The performances will take place at familiar locations around the site, including the famous stone circle.

Though being touted as a live-stream, the event has actually been filmed over the past seven days by Paul Dugdale, who shot Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift's world tours for Netflix.

There will be more than one screening of the event due to popular demand, with the first to air on Saturday, May 22 at 7pm UK time. Two “encore” screenings will take place on Sunday, May 23 at 2pm BST & 7pm BST.

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How can I buy tickets - and how much do they cost?

Tickets for the event can be purchased on Glastonbury’s website, and cost £20 each.

Glastonbury say the ticket will give you access to:

- a spectacular five-hour global livestream from the magical home of Glastonbury Festival, Worthy Farm

- exclusive full band sets from a host of amazing artists and some very special surprise guests

- a choice of full broadcasts across multiple time zones around the world - simply pick the most convenient for you

On purchase, you should receive an email with a link to the appropriate stream.

Who’s in the line up?

As ever, Glastonbury have secured a number of high profile musicians for the event, including Coldplay, Damon Albarn, George Ezra, HAIM, IDLES, Jorja Smith, Kano, Michael Kiwanuka, Roisin Murphy, Wolf Alice and DJ Honey Dijon.

The event will also feature spoken word performances from the likes of George the Poet and Jarvis Cocker.

Who is the ‘mystery act’ in the line up?

Glastonbury have announced a special unnamed guest on stage at 11.05pm during the live stream on Saturday night - but as yet have not indicated who this may be.

This surprise set follows Glastonbury tradition, with the festival often hosting acts who play “secret sets” at the festival each year.

What other events are being held on Worthy Farm this year?

This year, families will be able to camp at Worthy Farm over the school holidays; while organisers were recently granted a licence for a one-day concert in September - though it’s not been decided whether this will go ahead or not.

The series of events are intended to help Glastonbury organisers recoup massive losses incurred by having to cancel the festival for two years in a row due to coronavirus.

In 2020, organisers lost an estimated £5m from the forced cancellation of the festival.

All the artists playing in the May 22 live stream have waived their fees.

Organiser Emily Eavis said of the live stream:

“After two Glastonbury cancellations, it brings us great pleasure to announce our first online livestream, which will present live music performances filmed across Worthy Farm at landmarks including the Pyramid and, for the first time ever, the Stone Circle. It will feature a rolling cast of artists and performers who have all given us enormous support by agreeing to take part in this event, showing the farm as you have never seen it.

“There will also be some very special guest appearances and collaborations. We are hoping this will bring a bit of Glastonbury to your homes and that for one night only people all over the world will be able to join us on this journey through the farm together!”