Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis has vowed to render the overall line-up of the upcoming festival in 2020 as gender-equal as possible. The idea came from the way she notices the imbalance of artists who headlined in previous years.
In light of 2020 Glastonbury, one of the biggest music festivals in the world, Eavis along with her father Michael Eavis was keen to bring gender equality to the Somerset festival next year. She was interviewed with Music Week about the aspiration to make the festival keep up the ever-changing music industry:
“We still quite like the idea of just running for the next couple of years and seeing how it goes, and not thinking that it should necessarily be here in 10 years. We would love to keep the festival going, but we also know that the industry changes all the time. At the moment we’re in a really good patch, so we’re just enjoying it and not thinking too far into the future.”
Apart from that, Eavis also wants to see the next year’s line-up to be more gender-inclusive:
“It’s important we go as close to 50-50 as we can. It’s as important to have females on the bill as much as men but the pool – certainly on the headliner front – is not as big. So we have to work on that as an industry and nurture all these women coming through.”
Even though the Park Stage’s headliners, according to the organiser, were seeing progress, the Pyramid Stage’s line-up, she said, “obviously isn’t and we’re working on it.”
Next year, Glastonbury will take place at the usual location in Pilton, Somerset on June 24 to 28. The festival will also celebrate its 50th anniversary, and to honour that, Diana Ross was announced to play the Sunday legends slot on the Pyramid Stage, which the singer herself was delighted to see her “dream come true”.
— Ms. Ross (@DianaRoss) October 10, 2019
Whereas there have not been other confirmed artists to play at Glastonbury 2020, other artists, namely Sir Paul McCartney, Fleetwood Mac and Sir Elton John, were speculated to appear in the line-up, as well as the ex-member of One Direction Harry Styles who was rumoured to play the famous festival.
To add to the excitement, Sky Bet revealed a list of top 10 most likely 2020 Pyramid Stage Headliners. Kendrick Lamar appeared in the summit, closely followed by Taylor Swift and Sir Paul McCartney. Despite appeared in the ninth, Coldplay confirmed that they would not headline the festival next year.
The tickets for Glastonbury 2020, both pre-sale and general sale, were completely sold out in less than 35 minutes. However, there will a resale for unwanted and unpaid tickets which will take place on April 16 for coach tickets and April 19 for general tickets.