ONE OF the world’s longest-established festivals and still holder of the largest ticketed site accolade, the 147,000-capacity Glastonbury Festival celebrates its 50th anniversary next year
To mark the occasion, Emily Eavis, the daughter of founder Michael Eavis has broken with tradition to name the artiste making the special guest main stage performance on the last day.
“I am delighted to say that one of the all-time greats, the wonderful Diana Ross, is coming to Glastonbury to play the Sunday legend slot on the Pyramid stage next year,” she says.
Ross herself will also be celebrating an anniversary, the 60th since the formation of The Supremes in 1959. The trio became Diana Ross and The Supremes in 1967 and disbanded in 1977, with Ross going solo and continuing to enjoy a string of chart hits.
The festival appearance will be her first live show in the UK since 2008.
Other ‘legend slot’ performances have featured artistes such as Dolly Parton, Lionel Richie, Tom Jones and Johnny Cash.
Tickets for the 25-28 June festival cost £270 ($350) and sold-out on the first day of sale, with a reported two million applications made. Any unwanted tickets are offered for sale again in April. The names of other artistes appearing will inevitably emerge over the coming months.