Glastonbury announce celebration of Annie Nightingale’s life at 2024 festival

Annie Nightingale wearing sunglasses against a white background
Annie Nightingale. Credit: Press.

Glastonbury Festival will host a series of celebrations honouring the life of late radio legend Annie Nightingale at next month’s festival.

Nightingale, who was the first female presenter to appear on BBC Radio 1, died at the age of 83 at her home in London this January.

Nightingale, who first broadcast on Radio 1 in 1970, was considered to be a true trailblazer for female DJs and broadcasters. In a statement from her family, it was confirmed that Nightingale passed away after a short illness.

At this year’s Glastonbury, she will be honoured with celebratory events at the Glade and BBC Introducing stages. The festival said: “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 before moving to the BBC Introducing Stage for the after-dark part two.”

See the line-ups and full details of the events below.

Glastonbury 2024 will see Dua LipaColdplay and SZA headline the Pyramid Stage, with Shania Twain occupying the traditional Sunday afternoon Legends’ Slot. Others to take to the iconic main stage will be LCD Soundsystem, K-pop band SEVENTEENBurna BoyPJ HarveyJanelle MonáeOlivia Dean and more.

Last week, it was revealed that the Genosys stage will return to Block9 this year, while the festival’s towering Arcadia spider will be replaced by a giant dragonfly.

Other new developments for 2024 include the end of The Rabbit Hole after 17 years at the festival, replaced by new venues The Wishing Well and Scissors in The Park. “This year, we welcome two new venues bent on robbing your every inhibition, and filling your mind – and every synapse – with bacchian wonder,” the festival said.