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Glastonbury 2020 Cancelled Due To Coronavirus

Wednesday, 18 March 2020 Written by Laura Johnson

This year's Glastonbury festival has been cancelled.

Due to the recent coronavirus pandemic, organisers Michael and Emily Eavis have announced that this will be "an enforced fallow year". Read the full statement below:

We are so sorry to announce this, but Glastonbury 2020 will have to be cancelled, and this will be an enforced fallow year for the Festival.

Clearly this was not a course of action we hoped to take for our 50th anniversary event, but following the new government measures announced this week – and in times of such unprecedented uncertainty – this is now our only viable option.

We very much hope that the situation in the UK will have improved enormously by the end of June. But even if it has, we are no longer able to spend the next three months with thousands of crew here on the farm, helping us with the enormous job of building the infrastructure and attractions needed to welcome more than 200,000 people to a temporary city in these fields.

We would like to send our sincere apologies to the 135,000 people who have already paid a deposit for a Glastonbury 2020 ticket. The balance payments on those tickets were due at the beginning of April and we wanted to make a firm decision before then.

We understand that it is not always easy to secure a Glastonbury ticket, which is why we would like to offer all those people the chance to roll their £50 deposit over to next year, and guarantee the opportunity to buy a ticket for Glastonbury 2021. Those who would prefer a refund of that £50 will be able to contact See Tickets in the coming days in order to secure that. This option will remain available until September this year. For those who are happy to roll their deposit over, that will happen automatically. Further information – including details on rolling over coach packages, official accommodation bookings and local Sunday tickets – will be added to our website in the coming days.

The cancellation of this year’s Festival will no doubt come as a terrible blow to our incredible crew and volunteers who work so hard to make this event happen. There will also inevitably be severe financial implications as a result of this cancellation – not just for us, but also the Festival’s charity partners, suppliers, traders, local landowners and our community.

We were so looking forward to welcoming you all for our 50th anniversary with a line-up full of fantastic artists and performers that we were incredibly proud to have booked. Again, we’re so sorry that this decision has been made. It was not through choice. But we look forward to welcoming you back to these fields next year and until then, we send our love and support to all of you.

Michael & Emily

The award-winning music and arts festival was set return to Somerset in June for its 50th anniversary. The first event took place in 1970 and it has since grown into one of the largest greenfield festivals in the world, attended by almost 200,000 people.

What? A five-day festival hosting the biggest names in music from around the world, as well as up-and-comers.

Where? Worthy Farm in Pilton, Somerset.

When? June 24 - 28 (CANCELLED).

Who? Recently announced for the bill were Kendrick Lamar, Aitch, AJ Tracey, Anderson .Paak and the Free Nationals, Angel Olsen, Anna Calvi, the Avalanches, Banks, Baxter Dury, Beabadoobee, the Big Moon, Big Thief, Black Uhuru, Blossoms, Brittany Howard, Burna Boy, Cage The Elephant, Camila Cabello, Candi Staton, Caribou, Cate Le Bon, Celeste, Charli XCX, Clairo, Confidence Man, Crowded House, Danny Brown, Declan McKenna, Dizzee Rascal, Dua Lipa, Earthgang, Editors, Elbow, Fatboy Slim, FKA Twigs, Fontaines D.C., Gilberto Gil and family, Glass Animals, Goldfrapp, Greentea Peng, Groove Armada, Haim, Happy Mondays, Herbie Hancock, Imelda May, the Isley Brothers, Jarv Is..., Jehnny Beth, the Jesus and Mary Chain, Kacey Musgraves, Kano, Kelis, Khruangbin, KOKOKO!, La Roux, Laura Marling, Lianne La Havas, the Lightning Seeds, London Grammar, Mabel, Manic Street Preachers, Metronomy, Nadine Shah, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Nubya Garcia, the Orielles, Pet Shop Boys, Phoebe Briders, Primal Scream, Richard Dawson, Robyn, Rufus Wainwright, Sam Fender, Sampa The Great, Seun Kuti, Sinead O'Connor, Skunk Anansie, Snarky Puppy, Soccer Mommy, the Specials, Squid, the Staves, Supergrass, Suzanna Vega, Thom Yorke: Tomorrow's Modern Boxes, Thundercat, Tinariwen, TLC, Tom Misch and Yussef Dayes, Tones and I, and the Waterboys, 

Previously announced acts include Lana Del Rey, Taylor Swift, Paul McCartney and Diana Ross, with the latter set to play the Sunday afternoon ‘legends’ slot on the Pyramid Stage, marking her first live appearance in the UK since 2008. 

It is not clear from the statement if the same acts will be performing in 2021. 

Tickets? Please refer to the above statement regarding decisions on tickets already purchased for 2020.



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