Lenny Henry suggests that there is a lack of diversity in the crowds at festivals like Glastonbury

Lenny Henry has hinted that there is often a lack of diversity in crowds at festivals, as he mentioned the Glastonbury Festival – which will return to Worthy Farms later this month

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Lenny Henry has suggested that there is often a lack of diversity in crowds at festivals like the Glastonbury Festival, and he has shared his surprise in front of such audiences.

The comedian, 63, shared his thoughts ahead of the annual festival back to Worthy Ranch later this month, with Billie Eilish, 20, and Diana Ross, 76, among the participants this year.

The actor – who is fronting a new BBC documentary exploring identity and heritage later this month – has suggested that audiences at the festival are historically not diverse.

Discussing diversity in a recent interview, he commented: “It’s been interesting to watch Glastonbury and look at the audience and not see any black people there.”

Lenny Henry talked about diversity at festivals in a recent interview


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He is understood to have made comments to journalist Clive Myrie, 57, during a recent discussion for Radio Times, as reported by independence this week.

Lenny added: “I’m always surprised by the lack of black and brown faces at festivals.” He added: “I thought, ‘Well, that’s still a dominant culture’.”

His comments come as Glastonbury co-host Emily Eavis, 42, said rapper Stormzy, 28, was the first black solo British representative artist at the long overdue festival.

He mentioned Glastonbury as an example of a festival that lacks diversity in the crowd


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Stormzy made headlines for the annual music festival in 2019, with his historic performance on the Pyramid stage having been praised by critics and fans alike at the time.

Emily spoke of a “critical moment” in event history for a BC Two documentary celebrating the 50th anniversary of the festival, as reported Somerset Live.

Emily Eavis recently talked about how Stormzy became the festival’s first black solo British representative


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Stormzy covered the festival in 2019


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“He represented the black community at a predominantly white festival,” Emily said. “Obviously it was a really important moment for us, but it’s also probably a bit late.”

The annual music festival’s co-host – the daughter of founder Michael Eavis, 86 – suggested in the documentary: “We should have done it before.”

The Mirror has approached a Glastonbury representative for comment.

Lenny’s documentary Carribbean Britain will air on BBC Two next Wednesday (June 22). Glastonbury: 50 Years and Counting will air on the same channel at 9pm this Sunday.

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