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Labour leader asked to speak to 130,000 music fans at Glastonbury

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has been invited to address more than 130,000 music fans at this year's Glastonbury Festival.

The Labour leader has been asked to speak from the main stage on the final day of the hugely popular event, sources have said.

Meanwhile his shadow chancellor John McDonnell has been invited to speak at the festival's Left Field, where music and politics mix.

Jeremy Corbyn has been asked to speak on the final day of Glastonbury Credit: Peter Powell/PA

Union leaders have taken part in debates at Glastonbury in previous years but Mr Corbyn would be the first party leader to appear.

A Labour Party source confirmed Mr Corbyn had been invited.


Glastonbury founder reveals plans for David Bowie tribute

David Bowie performing at Glastonbury Festival in 2000. Credit: Toby Melville / PA

Glastonbury Festival founder Michael Eavis has hinted that this year's festival will screen David Bowie's headline set from the year 2000 as a tribute to the late musician.

The legendary singer passed away after a battle with cancer last month.

David Bowie performed at Glastonbury Festival at Pilton for the final day of the annual music event in 2000. Credit: Toby Melville / PA

The first time he performed at the music festival was back in 1971.

Glastonbury 2016: Coldplay to headline on Sunday

Coldplay singer Chris Martin performs during halftime in Super Bowl 50 at Levi's Stadium. Credit: USA TODAY Sports/SIPA USA/PA Images

Coldplay will officially play Glastonbury Festival 2016 on the Sunday of the event after the band tweeted a picture of the Pyramid Stage.

The picture shows a board with the date June 26 stuck in a Glastonbury Festival field with the Pyramid Stage and Glastonbury Tor in the background.

It will be the fourth time the band have headlined at the festival, and although fans knew they were playing it wasn't known what day Coldplay would be hitting the stage.

It's since been retweeted by organiser Emily Eavis - and the news seems to be going down well with the band's fans on social media:

The news was confirmed on Instagram, with festival founder Michael Eavis pictured smiling beside the sign:


Jeff Lynne's ELO announced for Glastonbury 2016

Jeff Lynne’s ELO will be taking to Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage on Sunday 26 June - filling what has become known as "the legend slot".

It's the first major act to be announced on Glastonbury Festival's 2016 bill - organisers welcomed the news on social media this morning:

Michael Eavis pleads guilty to polluting river

Michael Eavis arriving at Yeovil Magistrates Court Credit: ITV News

The organiser of Glastonbury Festival, Michael Eavis, has pleaded guilty to polluting a river that runs through the festival site.

The incident happened in June 2014 when a giant slurry tank holding human waste sprung a leak, polluting the Whitelake river. The Environment Agency says a number of fish were killed and the river was polluted two and half miles downstream.

The Whitelake river Credit: ITV News

Mr. Eavis says he is extremely sorry and that the tank was relatively new. The company which owns the tank also said it had been inspected. Glastonbury Festival say the manufacturers have told them it was a freak accident.

The festival gives £2 million to local charities, including environmental ones, every year.

In a few weeks time the case of whether it's a category 1 or 2 offence will be decided - the potential fine will depend on which category.

Cat 1
Up to £20,000
Cat 2
Up to £300,000

Emily Eavis expecting third baby

Emily and her father Michael Credit: ITV News

The family behind Glastonbury Festival are expecting another addition later this year.

Emily Eavis has revealed she is pregnant with her third child, with husband Nick. The baby is due in May, just in time for the world renowned festival which starts on 22nd June.

Yesterday the Eavis family paid tribute to David Bowie, after he died of cancer.

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