Don't lose hope after Brexit vote, urges Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis


Glastonbury Festival organiser Emily Eavis has called for everyone to "rally together and not lose hope" in the aftermath of the EU referendum.

Festival-goers awoke to the news on Friday that the United Kingdom had voted to leave the EU.

She told the Glastonbury Free Press: "It was a complete shock. But we've got to rally round and stick together."

Emily Eavis at Glastonbury (Yui Mok)

An opinion poll conducted by the Times on site showed 82% of Glastonbury revellers voted to Remain, with three quarters having cast their vote.

Emily added: "For voter turnout among people here to be higher than the national average? That really says something about the sort of people who come to the festival."

With the referendum taking place on Thursday, after the festival had already begun, the majority of campers arranged postal or proxy votes.

In a message to her guests on Worthy Farm, she said: "Thank-you to everyone for making this such a special year.

"It's always so heartening to see the parallel universe people create here, the positivity that people radiate. It brings out the best in people.

"So let's rally together and not lose hope."

Before the referendum, Emily and her father - festival founder Michael Eavis - had called for festival-goers to vote Remain.

At 5pm on Sunday, an EU flashmob will take place near the Park Stage - backed by the Eavises and facilitated by Greenpeace.

The festival is on its final day, with the exodus expected to begin overnight.

Sunday's headline act Coldplay will provide a Hymn For The Weekend as they close the Pyramid Stage.

After performing in 2002, 2005 and 2011, Coldplay will set a new record - becoming the first band to headline the festival four times.

Before the referendum result was announced, frontman Chris Martin told the Guardian: "We're in a time when a lot of things separate and divide us - Brexit, walls - so hopefully our concerts are saying the opposite at the moment."

With a set beginning at 9.30pm on the last night of the festival, Chris admitted the band "could just be soundtracking the exit".

But many will be tempted to stay a little later by unconfirmed rumours that Rihanna, who has previously collaborated with Coldplay, could make a surprise appearance. She is currently in the country for her UK tour.

Before the festival wraps up, music fans will also have a chance to see acts including Beck, Ellie Goulding, Jeff Lynne's ELO, Laura Mvula, Gregory Porter, Years & Years and Earth, Wind & Fire.