Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been invited to speak at this year’s Glastonbury

Jeremy Corbyn is "on standby" if the New York congresswoman is unable to attend.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who is often referred to as the Beyoncé of politics, has been invited to speak at Glastonbury this year by festival organisers.

Known by her initials, AOC, the left-wing American politician could follow in the footsteps of Jeremy Corbyn, who delivered a rousing, call-to-arms speech at Glastonbury in 2017.

AOC has not yet confirmed whether she will take up the invitation, but if she does and requires any info on what to expect or advice on how to woo the Glastonbury crowd, the Labour leader’s door seems like it might always open after the pair talked on the phone for 45 minutes back in February.


Praising AOC after the call for “challenging the status quo,” Corbyn added: “Let’s build a movement across borders to take on the billionaires, polluters and migrant baiters, and support a happier, freer and cleaner planet.”

Quick to return the admiration, the New York congresswoman tweeted: “It was an honor to share such a lovely and wide-reaching conversation with you.”

She added that she was also “honored to share a great hope in the peace, prosperity, + justice that everyday people can create when we uplift one another across class, race, + identity both at home & abroad.”

Since being elected as a Democrat to represent New York in the 2018 mid-term elections, Ocasio-Cortez has gained quite a following. Going from bartender to much celebrated politician, she has almost four million followers on Twitter and more than three million on Instagram.


If AOC is unable to make it to Worthy Farm this year, a source close to Jeremy Corbyn has said that he “is on standby if Alexandria can’t do it.”

Jeremy Corbyn speaking on stage at Glastonbury in 2017.

Meanwhile, Emily Eavis has spoken out about a lack of gender equality at Glastonbury Festival, describing the “old guard” of the male-dominated festival organisers as “impenetrable.”

Speaking at an event for Industry Day as part of Annie Mac Presents festival at The Moth Club in London, Eavis said she had been described as a “real hassle” by some of her colleagues but added that she was determined to ensure there was greater diversity on the line up.

“It’s a lot of old guys running things, the old bookers,” Eavis said. “They love a beer with the guys, the agents. They do golf days, they do football trips, and there’s a whole brotherhood which is so tight.”

She continued: “It’s impenetrable…I know they are labelling me as a real hassle, and it’s such a hassle. ‘Will you just shut up’ and ‘it wasn’t like this when your dad was in charge’. It’s so annoying.

“But if you want to make progress you just have to do it, and you have to be up for being a bit of an annoyance. Unfortunately, you have to make a massive jump the other way to make the tiniest bit of progress.”

In other Glastonbury news, Emma Bunton has revealed that the Spice Girls have been asked to perform at Glastonbury, but they’re waiting to see how their UK tour goes.

The singer revealed on BBC Radio 2 that they’re being scouted for a huge slot on Worthy Farm, although it all depends on the success of their comeback tour – which kicks off in Dublin next month.