Jamie Cullum is confirmed as the special guest of Van Morrison for this year's 20th annual Glastonbury Extravaganza which will take place on Saturday, 6th August.
"I am delighted to be playing as part of Glastonbury's Abbey Extravaganza and opening for the legendary Van Morrison," said Cullum. "Glastonbury is a Festival close to my heart and to be a part of the support that is behind such a distinguished, world class event is as important as the Festival itself."
"Music, community, love and consideration are the cornerstones of Glastonbury and it's events such as the Glastonbury Abbey Extravaganza that go to prove this."
Organiser Michael Eavis staged the very first Extravaganza in 1996, when Glastonbury Festival had a fallow year. "This is such an atmospheric place, and a great location to promote some of our favourite performers," said Eavis. "We've pulled together a fantastic bill so we can really celebrate in Extravaganza style this summer. And there will of course be fireworks!"
Headliner Van Morrison earlier highlighted the 'spiritual resonance' he found at the Abbey, surrounded by three thousand years of Glastonbury history.
The Wells Cathedral School Big Band will open proceedings on August 6, when the gates open at 5pm.
Meanwhile, music fans heading for the Extravaganza will also have the chance to extend their stay beyond one night of spectacular music and fireworks. The very popular family camping facilities within easy distance of the Abbey (shuttle bus service provided) have been expanded for 2016, allowing visitors to make the most of their stay in the Vale of Avalon.
Abbey director Janet Bell said, "We are grateful to Michael Eavis for all the support he gives the Abbey, and for staging the Extravaganza here. It is a spectacular backdrop for a traditional summer night out."
Advance tickets are priced at £35 adult (£40 on the night) and £20 for an accompanied child aged 6 to 16 years. On the gate prices will be £40 for adults, and £25 for a child (6-16). Accompanied children aged five and under do not require a ticket.Note - Some card transactions will carry a surcharge. This will be no more than £3.50 per transaction.
Tickets can also be bought in person at the Abbey Shop where there is free collection or £1.50 delivery charge. Or by posting a cheque/postal order made payable to Glastonbury Festivals Ltd, to Glastonbury Extravaganza, 28 Northload Street, Glastonbury, Somerset, BA6 9JJ indicating number of tickets required, postal details and delivery fee of £1.50 per order.
This year sees the return of the exclusive campsite for visitors to stay for the whole weekend, and make the most of the town; with shuttle bus service to the Abbey provided. The campsite has been expanded for 2016, allowing visitors to make the most of their stay in the Vale of Avalon.
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