Glastonbury Festival to Honor David Bowie, Prince

Jimmy King
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David Bowie’s memory will live large over Glastonbury Festival this year. Organizers of the music festival will erect an Aladdin Sane-inspired lightning bolt over the Pyramid Stage, under which the likes of Adele, Coldplay and Muse will perform. And plans are in the works for a tribute to Prince.  

Emily Eavis, co-organizer of the famous festival and daughter of its founder, Michael Eavis, has shared with the BBC some insights into how the two lost legends will be remembered at this year’s show. 

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Aside from the metal lightning flash, “we're doing Philip Glass's Heroes Symphony on the Park Stage on Saturday night, which is going to be a really intimate tribute to Bowie,” she says. “It's being conducted by Charles Hazlewood with members of the Paraorchestra. And we're going to do an incredible light show which will go on for the whole show and beyond, into the night.”

Eavis also noted Prince’s appearance at the fest had been "close to happening for three years." She added, “It's really disappointing that he hasn't played here but it's also, obviously, a huge loss to music because he was an incredible force. Just phenomenal. There was no-one else like him on the planet.” Prince died last month at the age of 57.

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Following Bowie’s death in January at the age of 69, Michael Eavis announced his June 22-26 outdoor event would pay homage to Bowie by screening his career-spanning year 2000 main stage performance on site. The 2016 lineup also features Foals, Beck, Jeff Lynne's ELO, LCD Soundsystem and many more.