Glastonbury reveals planned tributes to Bowie, Prince and Lemmy

Includes giant sculptures and a 50 piece orchestra

Glastonbury have announced their planned tributes to David Bowie, Prince and Motorhead‘s Lemmy over the course of the festival weekend.

Bowie sadly passed away on January 10 after a battle with liver cancer; on June 2, it was confirmed that Prince passed away due to an opioid overdose on April 22; Lemmy passed away on December 28, after being diagnosed with cancer just two days prior.

According to The Guardian, Emily Eavis has commissioned the counter-culture sculptor Joe Rush to build a giant Ziggy Stardust lightening bolt across the top of the Pyramid stage. It will be flanked by a giant set of silver wings and emblazoned, in the middle, with an open grey eye.


“It felt important to capture Bowie’s very particular eye, which was such a part of his look”, said Rush. “But I also really liked the idea of Bowie looking out and watching over the whole festival. And if we are going to have an eye in the pyramid, it should be Bowie’s eye.”

To commemorate Lemmy, Rush has built a structure for the Other stage comprising of a peace sign formed of spanners and adorned with an aluminium ace of spades, a v-twin engine and a vast set of shiny black ram’s horns.

Prince’s commemoration comes in the form of a statue almost four metres tall for the Park area of the festival. It will take the form of a giant glittery hand carrying a purple crown with a white dove flying from the top.

Hot Chip frontman Alexis Taylor will be honouring Prince with a DJ set dedicated to the singer at the Block 9 stage on Friday night. A 50 piece orchestra dressed entirely in white will perform Philip Glass’s fourth symphony, which is based on Bowie’s album ‘Heroes’, at midnight on the Saturday. It will be accompanied by a live laser show.