(Credit: Paul Holloway)

Glastonbury Festival to receive cultural grant

Glastonbury, along with some West End theatres, comedy clubs and other notable venues, will receive a share of the latest £400m cultural grant issued by the government. 

In total, 2,700 English culture and heritage venues will share the latest round of the Culture Recovery Fund, in hopes that the money will act as a rescue package for some of our most beloved and beleaguered venues. 

Canterbury Cathedral is the biggest beneficiary receiving £2m, while the Serpentine Galleries in London has been awarded £1.9m and Camden Roundhouse has £1.5m. Glastonbury’s cut of the £400m is reported to be around £900,000

The £1.57bn support package was announced last July which aimed to provide financial support for entertainment institutions that had to close during the pandemic. This fund has been disseminated in a series of staged grants. 

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden in last month’s budget that the fund had been boosted with an extra £300+m taking it from £1.57bn to £1.87bn. Of the funding, Michael and Emily Eavis, said: “We’re extremely grateful to be offered a significant award from the Culture Recovery Fund.

“After losing millions from the cancellation of our last two Festivals, this grant will make a huge difference in helping to secure our future.”

Whilst sadly Glastonbury has been forced to cancel this year’s event as well as 2020’s last year, they will be holding a special live-streamed version of the concert.

For now, you can check out an iconic performance by Dolly Parton below.