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Glastonbury To Honor Prince, David Bowie At 2016 Festival

by Ryan Middleton   May 5, 2016 14:54 PM EDT

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Police greet Glastonbury revellers by forming choir and singing 'Delilah'

Tributes for Prince and David Bowie have deservedly been crafted and spontaneously happening all over the world since their death and one more music institution is getting ready to put together their own. Glastonbury will honor the two music legends with tributes at the 2016 festival this year.

Speaking to the BBC, Emily Eavis detailed how the festival will pay tribute to the two deceased icons.

The famous pyramid stage where the biggest headliners perform will be decorated with a giant lightning bolt in tribute to Bowie. It is inspired by his Aladdin Sane album and will hang as acts like Coldplay and Adele perform.

They are also devoting a special performance to Bowie as well.

"We're doing Philip Glass's Heroes Symphony on the Park Stage on Saturday night, which is going to be a really intimate tribute to Bowie," Eavis says. "It's being conducted by Charles Hazlewood with members of the Paraorchestra. And we're going to do an incredible light show which will go on for the whole show and beyond, into the night."

As for Prince, he has long been connected to the festival as a possible headliner. Eavis notes that it's been "so close to happened for the last three years." She added, "A couple of times it's been confirmed and then not happened. It's really disappointing that he hasn't played here but it's also, obviously, a huge loss to music because he was an incredible force. Just phenomenal. There was no-one else like him on the planet."

They are looking into the possibilities of a few late night parties for Prince. 

Following Bowie's death, organizers announced that they would screen Bowie's 2000 main stage set on site.

Let's hope that no more music icons die between now and June, but with how 2016 is going, that just doesn't seem likely (I am writing this as I vigorously knock on wood and anything else that could imbue this world with one ounce of luck).

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