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Everything We Know About Glastonbury Festival's Tribute to the late David Bowie

Updated on April 1, 2016

Last week the Glastonbury line-up was released, with more than fifty new acts joining the previously announce headliners; Adele, Coldplay, and Muse. The other bands performing at Worthy Farm this June include LCD Soundsystem, Foals, Underworld, New Order, and John Grant.

Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury


Tributes in early January following his passing


The ticket holders, all of whom having already paid deposits have until 7th April to pay their outstanding ticket price, will not only be treated to the eclectic line up, as the festival plans to also honour David Bowie. Co-organiser Emily Eavis further explained plans to form a tribute to Bowie on BBC Radio a few days ago.

The musician died in January, just two days after his 69th birthday and not long after the release of his final studio album 'Blackstar'. Eavis says that the festival will shy away from a super-group type celebrity tribute; “it's not going to be a massive all-star tribute” she confirms.

Instead what we anticipate is not just one tribute, but several dotted across the Glasto schedule. One of which will involve “some of the band members who played with him in 2000”, and another showing footage of that performance on the Wednesday and Thursday night of the festival before the main programme of live performances is due to begin.

The singer's set from the year 2000 included 'Changes' (Bowie commenting before the song saying that he had written it just before Glastonbury in 1971), 'Ashes to Ashes, 'All the Young Dudes' and 'Starman'. The singer returned for an encore including 'Lets Dance', and 'Heroes'.

The band members from that performance, who may be performing as a part of this tribute, include guitarist Earl Slick, drummer Stirling Campbell, and on bass Gail Ann Dorsey. Together the three alone have collaborated with and played alongside a wide variety of acts including John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Duran Duran, The B-52s, and Tears for Fears.

At this time it is yet to be confirmed which artists will perform in tribute to David Bowie. Eavis did say that the series of tributes will be “personal and in keeping with his history here”. However the plans do materialise, it is certain that something special will happen at Glastonbury. Rumours also indicate that at least one of the headline acts will cover a David Bowie song.


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