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R.E.M. set to premiere full 1999 Glastonbury Festival performance

R.E.M. lead vocalist, Michael Stipe, has revealed plans to premiere the band’s now-iconic Glastonbury Festival performance from 1999.

With live music slowly becoming a distant memory amid the current health crisis, Stipe and his bandmates are stepping back into their archives to revisit one of their most memorable performances to date.

Remembering the performance, Stipe said: “Hole did such a great set, I was like, ‘I’ve got to ramp this up, I’ve got to be great.’ I think it was maybe a moment for R.E.M. and the UK where we had kind of been forgotten or pushed aside by younger bands, and that was a particular moment at Glastonbury where I think we pulled ourselves back to the front of the line and actually proved, this is what we’re capable of. It was a great show for us!”

Stipe added: “I felt triumphant every time we played Glastonbury. The band really stepped up. It’s such a beloved and legendary event that, y’know, whatever stars are aligned for us personally and as a group; we managed to show the best of ourselves at each of the shows we played there.”

The BBC broadcast of their set will be premiered around the world on Thursday, August 6, through YouTube and it will remain live for 72 hours.

See Stipe’s full announcement, below.