The UK’s biggest music festival, Glastonbury, is cancelled for a second year in a row due to Covid-19. However, its organisers have announced plans for a high-profile livestream from the Worthy Farm venue on 22 May with artists including Coldplay, Haim, Jorja Smith, Damon Albarn, Kano, Michael Kiwanuka, Wolf Alice and Idles.

The five-hour event is a ticketed affair: $27.50, although keen fans can pay $60 to get an official poster with their ticket. The revenues will partly go to Glastonbury’s charity partners Oxfam, Greenpeace and WaterAid, with the poster proceeds going to live-industry welfare fund Stagehand. However, the organisers also said that it’s “helping to secure the Festival’s return in 2022” – a sign of the financial impact that the two missed years has had.

The event will be broadcast in four staggered livestreams for different timezones, with the production a joint effort between BBC Studios and livestreaming firm Driift – one of the first such partnerships we’ve seen.

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