Ticket-holders for this year’s Glastonbury music and arts festival will have the opportunity to enjoy an on-stage performance from Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.
A Glastonbury source told The Mirror Corbyn has accepted an invitation from Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) to speak about his opposition to nuclear weapons.
The Labour leader will appear on the Left Field Stage — a smaller, alternative option to the famous Pyramid Stage — where guests are invited by left-wing activist and musician Billy Bragg to speak about issues like social justice, the economy and the future of UK socialism.
The source described the addition of Corbyn to the 2016 lineup as a “fabulous coup” for the group which campaigns for unilateral nuclear disarmament.
Bragg, who in his 30 year musical career has performed socialist anthems like The Red Flag and The Internationale, told The Mirror:
The election of Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader has galvanised a new generation of activists and this year at Left Field we aim to give them a platform to discuss issues around social justice, the economy, gender and the possibilities for genuine change under a Corbyn government.
The CND has been been part of Glastonbury since its beginnings. In 1981, the group helped organise the festival alongside founder Michael Eavis by taking care of ticket sales.
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The Labour leader is not the first high-profile figure to be invited to speak at the festival in Somerset, south England.
Last year, over a thousand people gathered to listen to the Dalai Lama who used his appearance at Worthy Farm to promote peace and condemn the murder and violence carried out by ISIS in the Middle East and Africa.
Corbyn holds long-standing ties with the CND and was appointed as vice-president in October upon being elected as the new leader of the Labour party.
Corbyn’s opposition to renewing the Trident nuclear deterrent programme has put him at odds with many Labour MPs including the party’s deputy leader Tom Watson, and in February he was criticised by backbenchers like John Woodcock for attending a CND rally rather than joining a Labour day of campaigning to persuade voters to keep Britain in the EU.
His appearance at the festival, which is attended by around 175,000 people each year, won’t be his first unusual public appearance.
Last month, he handed out an award at the British Kebab Awards and charmed the audience in the process despite being a fully-fledged vegetarian.
The Labour leader will join headliners Muse, Coldplay and Adele and acts including New Order, ELO and The 1975 at the festival which will take place between June 22 and 26.
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