Beyonce to Headline Glastonbury Festival
GLOBAL SUPERSTAR BRINGS HER ELECTRIFYING STAGE SHOW TO WORLD'S BIGGEST FESTIVAL THIS SUMMER IN SOUTH WEST ENGLAND
TAKES PYRAMID STAGE ON CLOSING NIGHT
SUNDAY, JUNE 26, 2011
NEW YORK, Feb. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Beyonce is set to be a headliner at England's Glastonbury Festival this summer. The five-day festival, billed as the largest green-field music and performing arts festival in the world, will play to an expected audience of 200,000, on Worthy Farm, Pilton in South West England at the end of June. The global superstar will be the headliner on the last day of the festival on Sunday, June 26, for an electrifying 90-minute set on the Pyramid Stage.
Music fans around the world last saw Beyonce live on stage during her yearlong I AM...WORLD TOUR, which ended in February 2010. The tour played 108 shows in 78 cities in 32 countries on six continents to 1.1 millions fans in Europe, Asia, South America and the US.
Beyonce, who is currently in the studio working on new music, attended Glastonbury Festival in 2008 as a fan and is excited to return as a headliner. "This really is the biggest festival in the world and I cannot wait to perform there. Everyone who attends is really appreciative of music and is in such a good mood that entire weekend," she said. "I'm pumped just thinking about that huge audience and soaking up their energy."
The recently-released, I AM...WORLD TOUR full-length concert DVD, with its never-before-seen, intimate footage of the star around the world, quickly became the best selling concert DVD of 2010 in the US.
Beyonce has been nominated for two GRAMMY ® awards, including Best Pop Female Vocal Performance ("Halo" (Live)) and Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals ("Telephone" with Lady Gaga.)
The 53rd Annual Grammy ® Awards, airs live on February 13th on CBS, 8pm ET/PT.
SOURCE Columbia Records
We gave Glastonbury co-organiser Emily Eavis a shout to catch up about the recent headliner announcements and to find out how preparations for this year's Festival are coming along.
Hi Emily, how are you?
Good thanks. It's been pretty hectic here, with lots going on. Things always change gear in January and the year has kicked off at a pace. It's looking set to be a great one, though - we're making lots of improvements across the site, so it's easier to move about and better all round. We're always trying to make it better.
So, there's been some big Glastonbury news in recent days. Firstly, Beyoncé announced that she's headlining the Sunday night this year.
Yeah, it's great to get that out there. I went to see her live last year and was blown away by the might of the show. She has such soul, an amazing voice with an incredible, all-female band. She knows how to deliver live, and she packs a big punch - it's gonna explode! And she is, I believe, the first female solo artist to headline, so it's a big moment for us. What better way to see off the Festival till 2013?
Why did you guys decide to book her?
We are really keen to keep the line-up as diverse as possible. It's always been that way. We really want the people who are the masters of their fields, and that's what she is.
Then, of course, Coldplay were confirmed as Saturday's headliners today.
Yes, we were really lucky to get them. It's been a while since they came and played here, so I think this will be a big one. They're one of the great Glastonbury bands, that really get what we're about and that have supported us through some tricky times.
As your dad said, they really have grown up with the Festival.
Yeah, they started on the John Peel tent in 1999, then moved to the Other Stage in 2000 [pic, left], before making a huge jump to Pyramid headliners 2002. There aren't many bands that rise that fast. They are loved here, and deliver such powerful live shows - it will be awesome.
And we gather from Coldplay's Twitter page that Chris Martin was down at the farm at the weekend?
Yes, they came to look at the farm and the field to start planning their show.
Will more line-up details be released soon?
Yes. We hope to give you some more names soon - as soon as we can, in fact. We would love to tell you everything right now if we could, but many stages aren't quite finished and many bands are announcing tours or big gigs first. We are working on getting it out there before very long though, so thanks for your patience and please bear with us.