The Glastonbury Festival in person has been canceled for a second year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but that does not prevent organizers from putting on a show. They are holding their first event to air live, Live at Worthy Farm, on May 22. The five-hour film shows artists like Coldplay, Haim, and Jorja Smith performing at familiar festival venues like Pyramid and Stone Circle, with “very special guests” providing an oral narrative between sets.
Proceeds will go to causes like Greenpeace, Oxfam and WaterAid, and will also help the in-person rally (hopefully) return in 2022.
Tickets are available now (one per order). Notably, however, there isn’t a single global live stream. Instead, you choose the one that best matches your time zone. People in the UK, Europe, Africa and the Middle East will pay £ 20 (€ 23) to watch from 7:00 p.m. BST, while people in the Americas will pay $ 27.50 to watch at 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time or 7:00 p.m. Pacific Time. Australian, New Zealand and Asian participants pay AUD 35 to watch starting at 7:00 p.m. AEST on May 23.
This is an unusual strategy, and it won’t be surprising that people in one time zone end up wasting moments for another. That said, it won’t be surprising if you see more major staggered online events like this – at least until it’s safe in the mud with your fellow spectators again.