Diana Ross has been confirmed as the first act for Glastonbury 2020, where she’ll take on the festival’s revered Legends slot.
“To all my fans across the world, this is my tribute to you,” Ross said in a statement. “Every concert feels like a private party, I can see your eyes and feel your hearts. I’m coming to Glastonbury, with love.”
The Supremes legend will appear on the Sunday, 28 June, of the iconic festival, tackling the teatime slot that has previously played host to the likes of Kylie Minogue, Dolly Parton and Lionel Richie. It will be her first show in the UK since 2008.
Confirming the slot, Glastonbury wrote on Twitter: “We are delighted to announce that @DianaRoss will play the Sunday legends slot on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury 2020.”
Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis added: “I am delighted to say that one of the all-time greats, the wonderful Diana Ross, is coming to Glastonbury to play the Sunday legends slot on the Pyramid Stage next year.”
The appearance will see Ross making her Glastonbury debut, having been linked with an appearance on several past occasions. It comes after Kylie Minogue graced the Legends slot in 2019, some 14 years after her battle with breast cancer forced her to pull out of a headline slot.
Minogue’s Legends slot went on to become the BBC’s most-watched Glastonbury performance of all time, with 3.9 million viewers tuning in.
Confirmation of Diana Ross’ Legends performance comes after Glastonbury tickets for 2020 sold out in 34 minutes last Sunday – with a record 2.4 people attempting to get their hands on just 135,000 places.
Meanwhile, anticipation and speculation continues to mount as to who could headline Glastonbury 2020 to mark the festival’s 50th anniversary. Rumoured acts include Paul McCartney, Foals, The 1975, Taylor Swift, Green Day and Fleetwood Mac among numerous others.
Next year will be festival’s golden anniversary, marking 50 years since Michael Eavis first invited 1,500 hippies to his farm Pilton, Somerset, to watch acts like Al Green, Wayne Fontana and headliners T Rex. In those days, tickets cost £1 and came with a free bottle of milk. In 2020, a ticket set you back £265.