Mark Bowen of IDLES at Glastonbury 2019
photo credit: Tom Ham

IDLES To Play Live From Worthy Farm Glastonbury 2021

With the UK not being quite ready to hold an actual outdoor festival as big as Glastonbury yet, this year the much reduced in size (but not stature) festival will happen exclusively online.

IDLES will be returning to Glastonbury where they brought joy to tens of thousands in 2019. That set went down in Glastonbury history as one of the most energetic, passionate, emotional and honest performances ever seen at the festival. Taking to the stage, lead singer Joe Talbot, said: “This is one of the most magnificent moments of our lives. We’ve waited 12 years to play here. This is the best place on earth. I’ve stood where you are and cried to Thom Yorke, Battles, The Horrors,”

Ripping through some of the fan favourites from their debut album Brutalism and their critically acclaimed follow-up Joy as an Act of Resistance, the band introduced each song with a heartfelt moment of honesty: “I spent a long time feeling lonely and depressed and a drug addict and an alcoholic,” Talbot said before playing ‘1049 Gotho’ and added: “But I’d come here and feel like I was part of something bigger than myself”. He went on to thank the NHS, six months before COVID-19 trashed everything, not even aware of how important that sentiment would become.

Enjoy the wonderful, emotional performance of ‘Danny Nedelko’ below.

Since their Glastonbury 2019 performance, IDLES haven’t slowed down for a second. Their third album, Ultra Mono, was released in September 2020 and reached the top of the UK album charts. They have treated fans to regular online appearances throughout lockdown, including a live set from Abbey Road and on Steve Lamacq’s show on Radio 6Music. Not to mention Balley TV and their interviews from the Goth Kitchen. While online shows can never be as good as the real thing, if any band can make a crowdless Glastonbury go off, it’s IDLES.

Live At Worthy Farm is an exclusive global Livestream event filmed across Glastonbury Festival’s Worthy Farm site, including the Pyramid Field and the Stone Circle, and will run for over five hours on Saturday, May 22nd.

The line-up of artists performing includes Coldplay, Damon Albarn, HAIM, IDLES, Jorja Smith, Kano, Michael Kiwanuka, Wolf Alice, and DJ Honey Dijon, and there will also be a number of unannounced surprise performances across the evening too.

Live At Worthy Farm will support Glastonbury’s three main charitable partners, Oxfam, Greenpeace and WaterAid, as well as helping secure the Festival’s return in 2022.

In order to accommodate audiences globally, this Livestream will be broadcast across multiple timezones. There are no restrictions on which stream you can watch so please choose the most convenient stream for you.

Links and access codes to watch the stream will be sent out by email seven days before the event.

A limited-edition line-up poster is also available with tickets, with proceeds going to Stagehand, the live production welfare and benevolent fund which is helping crew who have been affected by the pandemic. All orders will be fulfilled by Sandbag. Pre-orders placed by 30 April will be despatched from week commencing 10 May 2021. Orders placed from 1 May will be despatched from week commencing 24 May 2021.

This Livestream will not be available on-demand after it has taken place, and with no audience permitted to be there either, the only way to be part of the experience will be to purchase tickets.

A full set of event FAQs can be found here.

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