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Glastonbury to Celebrate the Late Annie Nightingale

The largest greenfield music and performing arts festival in the world will be celebrating the life of the late Annie Nightingale, Class of 1958, with a series of special events at Glastonbury.

The legendary DJ and broadcaster died earlier this year after a short illness, aged 83 years old. At the time, Glasto co-organiser Emily Eavis payed tribute to Annie, describing her as “a female trailblazer and true enthusiast”.

She continued: “Annie gave me so much support when I was in my 20s, I always felt so grateful to have such a strong woman encouraging me along the way and I’m sure she has done the same for many others like me. She was an inspiration to so many women in music, broadcasting and beyond and just a lovely human being.”

Glastonbury revealed their plans online, announcing: “Annie Nightingale loved Glastonbury Festival. Her BBC Radio 1 show was broadcast from the Festival on Thursday nights through the 2000s from Silver Hayes and The Glade, and the last time she played the festival, in 2017, was on The Glade Main Stage.

“So it’s fitting that the Celebration of Annie’s life starts in The Glade on Thursday June 27 before moving to the BBC Introducing Stage for the after-dark part two.”

It adds: “The Glade Dome hosts the Daytime celebration, featuring The Nextmen Ft Kiko Bun and Fish56Octagon, who will be using his encyclopaedic knowledge of dance music to play a set of Annie’s favourite tunes.

“Annie’s beloved breakbeat is represented by King of The Beats – the breaks supergroup with Krafty Kuts plus members of the Freestylers and Plump DJs, who are putting together a very special set. The afternoon is topped off with one of Annie’s favourite acts, The Orb, who she championed in the early ’90s, bringing their music to the world.”

Organisers continue: “The celebration then moves to the BBC Introducing Stage after darkness has fallen, for a late-night session going into the early hours. The DJs will be covering the music Annie brought to the world from the ‘90s through to the present day through her show, with Jon Carter playing a set of big beat, the sound that kicked off some of the UK’s biggest dance acts’ careers.

“Representing Breakbeat and Nu Skool breaks are two of Annie’s favourite DJs, Krafty Kuts and Plump DJs, who will be playing a special back-to-back set. Bringing the latest sounds that Annie loved to discover is Martha, who Annie mentored and is carrying on her legacy discovering new music and giving artists a window to the world.”

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