Jeremy Corbyn is going to Glastonbury


Jeremy Corbyn

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Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Ticket-holders for this year's Glastonbury music and arts festival will have the opportunity to enjoy an on-stage performance from Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

The Labour leader has been asked to address over 130,000 fans from the festival's largest stage on the final day of the performances, sources told the Press Association.


Corbyn will attend the festival along with shadow chancellor John McDonnell, who according to Press Association will speak at the Left Field Stage. 

A Mirror article published on Sunday claimed Corbyn was due to appear on the Left Field stage to address the issue of nuclear weapons an after accepting an invitation from Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND).

The stage - a smaller, alternative option to the famous Pyramid Stage - plays host to guest speakers who are invited by left-wing activist and musician Billy Bragg to speak about issues like social justice, the economy and the future of UK socialism.


However, according to information published by Press Association on Tuesday morning, the opposition leader could be speaking to over 100,000 people on the stage which will be used by acts like Muse, Coldplay and Adele across the weekend. 

An appearance from the Labour leader on Glastonbury's premier stage would be represent a huge political gesture on behalf of the Eavis family which organises the festival in Somerset, England. 

The festival has been closely-tied with left-wing politics throughout its history. 


The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) - which has played a major role in bringing Corbyn and McDonnell to the festival at Worthy Farm - has been been part of Glastonbury since its beginnings. In 1981, the group helped organise the festival alongside founder Michael Eavis by taking care of ticket sales.

Left Field Stage organiser Bragg, who in his 30 year musical career has performed socialist anthems like The Red Flag and The Internationale, told The Mirror:

The election of Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader has galvanised a new generation of activists and this year at Left Field we aim to give them a platform to discuss issues around social justice, the economy, gender and the possibilities for genuine change under a Corbyn government.


The Labour leader is not the first high-profile figure to be invited to speak at the festival in Somerset, south England.

Last year, over a thousand people gathered to listen to the Dalai Lama who used his appearance at Worthy Farm to promote peace and condemn the murder and violence carried out by ISIS in the Middle East and Africa.


Corbyn holds long-standing ties with the CND and was appointed as vice-president in October upon being elected as the new leader of the Labour party.

Corbyn's opposition to renewing the Trident nuclear deterrent programme has put him at odds with many Labour MPs including the party's deputy leader Tom Watson, and in February he was criticised by backbenchers like John Woodcock for attending a CND rally rather than joining a Labour day of campaigning to persuade voters to keep Britain in the EU.

His appearance at the festival, which is attended by around 175,000 people each year, won't be his first unusual public appearance.


Last month, he handed out an award at the British Kebab Awards and charmed the audience in the process despite being a fully-fledged vegetarian. 

The Labour leader will join headliners Muse, Coldplay and Adele and acts including New Order, ELO and The 1975 at the festival which will take place between June 22 and 26.

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