George Ezra said playing at Glastonbury has never been “normal”, adding that “the place is magical”.
The 29-year-old singer of hits such as Shotgun and Green Green Grass has been performing at Somerset events on a number of occasions since 2014, and this summer made a surprise Sunday appearance as a special guest on the John Peel stage.
In 2021, he embarked on a 1,200-mile walk over 95 days from Land’s End in the south of England to John O’Groats, the northernmost tip of mainland Britain, for his documentary.
In the film, Ezra stops at an empty Worthy Farm, where the festival was supposed to take place in 2021, before the pandemic forced organizers to cancel.
Speaking to PA News Agency, Ezra said:
“I grew up going to festivals, so when I went on set during the first festival season, I was blown away by any festival.
“And especially when they started going to Europe, America and Australia, I was like on the floor.
“But of course you can’t beat yourself up about this, but coming to your second record and going through four or five festival seasons at that point, it’s part of how you get to know the world. Something happens when
“But Glastonbury was never normal.
“I’ve been there this year, and there are still places like that — and I rarely speak like this — but I believe the place is magical. It’s something special.” And it’s a real honor to be able to play there.”
His documentary, titled End To End, also features acoustic performances and tracks from his first album, Gold Rush Kid, released in June of this year.
The singer also reflects on his relationship with music and live performance.
The film will open in cinemas in the UK and Ireland for one day only on August 29th.
Following that, a performance by Ezra will be broadcast live to cinemas from its London premiere.