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The Methodist farmer who founded the festival, and his daughter, reveal why they are welcoming the Labour leader – and Johnny Depp – to this year’s event and what happens to Glastonbury next
One year on from an apocalyptically muddy and Brexit-dazed Glastonbury 2016, and with the country reeling after a series of horrific events, Michael and Emily Eavis are aiming to create an upbeat, safe and politically engaged festival this year – helped in part by an appearance from Jeremy Corbyn.
The Labour leader, buoyed by a stronger than expected election result, could eclipse the likes of Ed Sheeran, Katy Perry and Radiohead when he addresses the crowds on the Pyramid stage on the Saturday afternoon of the festival. While Glastonbury attracts a wider cross-section of society than its hippie stereotype suggests, its 175,000-strong crowd is still mostly liberal-minded, and likely to roar with approval as Corbyn steps on stage, notionally to introduce the duo Run the Jewels.