The Glastonbury Festival is set to go ahead this September with a limited one-day event in front of 50,000 fans.

The Somerset-based music festival has been forced to close down for two summers in a row due to the coronavirus pandemic.

A licence for a limited Glastonbury has now been approved, paving the way for a one-day event in lieu of the usual five-day June celebration.

The licence allows up to 50,000 attendees, who will not be able to camp overnight.

Glastonbury organisers have not provided information on the lineup, ticketing or the intended capacity.

Mendip District Council, which oversees the festival's Somerset location, approved the licence after consulting with local residents and authorities.

Sam Phripp, the council's chair of licensing, said: "Any event would have to be Covid-safe, and Mendip will work with other organisations and the organisers to make sure that’s the case."

The news comes days ahead of the festival's online streaming event Live at Worthy Farm, which takes place on the usual site, but without an audience this weekend.

On Saturday, the five-hour livestream will feature performances from Coldplay, Damon Albarn, Haim, George Ezra, Michael Kiwanuka, Wolf Alice, Idles, Jorja Smith, Kano and Róisín Murphy.

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