This year would have seen Glastonbury Festival celebrate a milestone, half a century of entertaining the masses.
But just a week after the full lineup was announced, the organisers have announced 2020 will be an “enforced fallow year” amid the unprecedented uncertainty of the coronavirus outbreak.
Those who bought tickets will roll over into next year’s celebrations. The 210,000 capacity festival was set to welcome the likes of Sir Paul McCartney, Taylor Swift and Kendrick Lamar.
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In a statement posted on their official website, Michael and Emily Eavis announce: “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.”
For more information, visit:www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk/a-statement-from-glastonbury-festival/
Main photo by Andrew Allcock