David Bowie will be honoured at this year’s Glastonbury Festival in an official tribute. Following his death in January, fans of the music legend had planned to stage a ‘mass singalong’ at the prestigious music event.
Festival boss Michael Eavis has now confirmed that Bowie will be honoured at the Worthy Farm event this June. Speaking to Radio X, Eavis announced: “Yes, we’re doing a film of his set from the year 2000. It’s going to be shown on one of the screens when the stages are shut down. We’ll show the entire set.”
“We’ll do the whole Bowie set from 2000 on one of the film screens when the stages are shut down. It was an amazing gig and I’m so glad he did that when he did – it was the last chance,” he added.
Earlier, his daughter Emily Eavis teased the news they were “going to do a Bowie tribute of some sort” during an interview with BBC Radio 6 Music. She added: “So we’re kind of in the middle of planning that as well, and at the moment there’s some really exciting stuff planned for that, but I can’t give anything away.”
Bowie first performed at the second ever Glastonbury in 1971, appearing barefoot before a 6,000-strong crowd. He returned to the Somerset festival sixteen years ago in 2000.
The legendary singer will also be remembered at the Isle of Wight Festival , where 20,000 Ziggy Stardust masks will be printed. Festival boss John Giddings says: “We’re printing 20,000 Ziggy Stardust masks and give all the money to Stand Up To Cancer charity. I was David’s agent for 30 years – I love him,” he added.
Bowie died last month (January 10) after an 18-month battle against cancer, two days after his 69th birthday and the release of final album ‘Blackstar’. His eldest son Duncan announced the tragic news on social media, confirming that the music icon had succumbed to liver cancer. “‘Very sorry and sad to say it’s true. I’ll be offline for a while. Love to all, he wrote, sharing a poignant photo of himself a child with this father.
Two more star-studded tributes to Bowie are due to take place in New York on March 31 and April 1, featuring Debbie Harry, the Pixies, REM’s Michael Stipe and Mumford & Sons. This year’s Brit Awards on 24 February is dedicated to the London-born singer and will pay a musical tribute to the star.