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With just three months until Glastonbury Festival 2016 opens its gates, Emily Eavis has penned a piece for The Guardian, encouraging ticket-holders to use their vote in the EU referendum.

The EU referendum, deciding the UK’s future either inside or outside the European Union, will take place on Thursday 23rd June, the second day of Glastonbury Festival.

Describing the EU Referendum as “one of the most important votes we’ll ever have to cast”, Eavis reminded festival-goers they can’t vote on Worthy Farm but will need to register for either a postal vote or a proxy vote (where you nominate someone to do it for you).

Not wishing to talk about her thoughts on the politics of the vote, Emily Eavis said: “It’s strange to think that, on that Friday morning of this year’s Glastonbury, so many people will awake in these fields to discover the result of the referendum.

How to set up your Vote

If you’re lucky enough to have Glastonbury Festival tickets and wish to vote in the EU referendum you must be registered to vote by Tuesday 7 June. You can register to vote here. To check whether you are already registered, contact your local electoral registration office. To find the contact details, enter your postcode in the your local area section here.

To vote by post in the EU referendum, voters in England, Wales and Scotland will have to submit a postal vote application by 5pm on Wednesday 8 June, while voters in Northern Ireland will need to submit a postal vote application by 5pm on Friday 3 June 2016. You can download the form here.

Voting by proxy means that you appoint someone you trust to vote on your behalf. The person that you appoint as a proxy must also be registered to vote. The deadline for applications to vote by proxy int the EU referendum in Great Britain is 5pm, Wednesday 15 June. The deadline for applications to vote by proxy in Northern Ireland is 5pm, Friday 3 June 2016. You can download the form here.

Glastonbury Festival 2016

Glastonbury Festival returns to the hallowed turf of Worthy Farm in Pilton, Somerset from Wednesday 22nd to Sunday 26th June, 2016.

Muse, Adele and Coldplay headline this year’s festival. The other artists officially confirmed are PJ Harvey and Jeff Lynne’s ELO.

Rumours for this year’s festival include Foals, ZZ Top, New OrderDiana RossBring Me The Horizon, LCD SoundsystemBarry Manilow, Bloc Party, Barry GibbGrimes, and Swim Deep.

During a recent appearance on Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, Grammy award winner Jess Glynne confirmed she will be appearing at Glastonbury Festival 2016.

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