Government awards Glastonbury £900k for ‘two smaller events’

Glastonbury Festival will receive nearly £1million in financial aid to “continue with two smaller events this year”, according to a government announcement.

The government has awarded the Somerset festival £900,000 as part of its Culture Recovery Fund.

The scheme will see more than 2,700 organisations across the UK offered nearly £400 million in grants and loans to help the culture and heritage sector reopen and recover.

Michael and Emily Eavis, organisers of Glastonbury Festival, said in a joint statement: “We’re extremely grateful to be offered a significant award from the Culture Recovery Fund.

“After losing millions from the cancellation of our last two festivals, this grant will make a huge difference in helping to secure our future.”

Glastonbury Festival 2020 and 2021 were both cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Hpwever, the festival is planning to put on a new event called “Live At Worthy Farm” which will be live-streamed online from Pilton on May 22.

The five-hour show is set to feature performances from a host of artists including Coldplay, Damon Albarn, HAIM, IDLES.

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Another potential two-day festival in September is also in the pipeline after Glastonbury Festivals Ltd filed a new license application with Mendip District Council.

It is hoped a concert with no camping facilities could be staged at Worthy Farm subject to license approval and government restrictions.

Culture secretary, Oliver Dowden, said: “Our record breaking Culture Recovery Fund has already helped thousands of culture and heritage organisations across the country survive the biggest crisis they’ve ever faced.

“Now we’re staying by their side as they prepare to welcome the public back through their doors – helping our cultural gems plan for reopening and thrive in the better times ahead.”

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