Jess Glynne‘s booking at next year’s Isle of Wight Festival has raised eyebrows on social media, after festival boss John Giddings said in 2019 that the singer would “never be booked to play the Isle of Wight again”.
This year’s Isle of Wight Festival was cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak, but organisers have pressed on with arranging the 2021 edition and this morning (June 12) announced the first names for next year’s festival.
Fans of the festival have been surprised to discover Glynne’s name on the bill for the 2021 Isle of Wight Festival, given that the singer was seemingly banned for life from appearing at the festival again after she cancelled her slot at the 2019 event at the last minute.
Glynne later said that she pulled out of her performance as she felt “incredibly weak and full of anxiety” moments before heading on stage, adding that she “had to do what was right for my physical and mental health”.
That statement followed media reports which accused Glynne of partying with the Spice Girls until the early hours of the day of her Isle of Wight performance following her support slot at the reunited pop group’s final Wembley Stadium show.
Addressing Glynne’s cancellation at the time, Giddings said: “She will never be booked to play the Isle of Wight again. It shows no regards for people that bought a ticket. It’s so sad that an artist would do that to their fans. She’s let them down.”
In a statement issued with today’s line-up announcement, however, representatives of Glynne said: “The Isle of Wight Festival and Jess Glynne have unfinished business and both are delighted that she will be returning next year. Jess is coming back for her fans and will have a show for you that will not disappoint, so get ready.”
Following the news this morning that Glynne’s apparent lifetime ban has already been overturned, Twitter users have been sharing their reactions to her Isle of Wight booking — you can check out a selection of those below.
Errrr Jess Glynne? What happened to never coming back and poor old Richard Ashcroft having to come out and play an early set (and was brilliant) last year? pic.twitter.com/LpiMmUJ06z
— Ed Shires (@edshires) June 12, 2020
“Jess Glynne will never play the Isle of Wight Festival again.”
1 year later.. pic.twitter.com/Q7vJh6DzvN
— Simon Haytack (@simonhaytack) June 12, 2020
Jess Glynne returning in 2021 even though she was "banned for life" in 2019 🤔 https://t.co/Y72IBDJoos
— Jake Smith 🙃 (@JakePompeySmith) June 12, 2020
— Henry (@fannyquivers) June 12, 2020
Has Jess Glynne cancelled yet?
— Ryan Dent (@RyanDent1) June 12, 2020
i will watch jess glynne in the pissing rain at @IsleOfWightFest over another lockdown
— Caitlin (@caitlindayokay) June 12, 2020
Have they not learnt that Jess glynne just wont show up? https://t.co/Z7MvkLgAik
— george (@straightlinesG) June 12, 2020
Last year, Glynne was forced to cancel a number of her live dates after being diagnosed with a haemorrhaged vocal chord.