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Glastonbury 2016 will pay tribute to Prince and David Bowie in a big way

on May 05, 2016, 9:16pm
 

Glastonbury’s organizers are already thinking ahead about how to appropriately honor two of pop music’s all-time greats when their festival kicks off in June.

As the BBC reports, this year’s festival will pay tribute to the late David Bowie with a massive metal lightning flash on the Pyramid Stage. The decoration is of course a reference to Bowie’s Aladdin Sane album cover.

Additionally, footage from Bowie’s headline appearance on the Pyramid stage in 2000 will be broadcast across the festival, and the Park Stage will host a tribute to Bowie’s 1977 album Heroes.

Though he never played Glastonbury, Prince will also be getting a tribute fit for, well, a prince. “We’re going to do an incredible light show which will go on for the whole show and beyond, into the night,” Glastonbury co-founder Emily Eavis said. “There’s talk of late-night Prince parties and things.”

The Purple One passed away just days before Weekend 2 of Coachella, leaving organizers of the Indio, CA festival with little time to scrape together a fitting tribute. Thankfully, the artists were game to do the heavy emotional lifting, with Sufjan Stevens covering “Purple Rain” and LCD Soundsystem performing a cover of Prince’s “Controversy” and David Bowie’s “Heroes”.

Glastonbury will be held from June 22nd to 26th, and plenty of bands are expected to rise to the occasion with covers of Bowie and Prince.

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