Glastonbury is set to have a spectacular evening when Jamie Cullum performs at the Abbey on Saturday August 6. Van Morrison headlines the one-night festival, one of only a handful of dates the singer will be playing in the UK this year, and fans are eagerly awaiting the two stars playing at the big event.
“I am delighted to be playing as part of Glastonbury’s Abbey Extravaganza and opening for the legendary Van Morrison,” says Cullum, who has racked up over 10 million album sales worldwide. “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.”
Organiser Michael Eavis staged the very first Extravaganza in 1996. “This is such an atmospheric place, and a great location to promote some of our favourite performers,” says 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. ‘Van the Man’ has been a regular visitor to Glastonbury over the decades. He last played the Abbey Extravaganza in 2007 and headlined the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury Festival in 2005.
Jamie Cullum has links with Somerset, as his father was High Sherriff for the county in 2011, sworn in at Wells Cathedral.
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 as camping pitches and pre-erected tents are also available to book online.