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Glastonbury CANCELLED for second year in a row because of Covid pandemic

Covid CANCELS Glastonbury…again: Famous festival will not take place for second year in a row because of pandemic with tickets rolled over until 2022, confirm organisers

  • Glastonbury will not take place for second year in a row because of pandemic
  • In a statement Michael and Emily Eavis said they were ‘so sorry’ to have to cancel
  • Those who secured a ticket in 2019 can roll their £50 deposit over to next year

Glastonbury Festival will not take place for a second year in a row because of the coronavirus pandemic, the organisers have announced today. 

The music festival’s co-organiser, Michael Eavis – who curates the lineup with his daughter Emily, said he was ‘so sorry’ to have to cancel the event for the second year in a row.

Most live music events, including Glastonbury, were wiped out last summer by the pandemic and a recent study warned that without state support, Britain’s £1.3billion live music industry is heading for another summer washout.

Glastonbury Festival founder Michael Eavis (pictured in 2013), said he was ‘so sorry’ to have to cancel the event for the second year in a row

Glastonbury Festival will not take place for a second year in a row because of the coronavirus pandemic, the organisers announced today

Glastonbury Festival will not take place for a second year in a row because of the coronavirus pandemic, the organisers announced today

They said: ‘With great regret, we must announce that this year’s Glastonbury Festival will not take place, and that this will be another enforced fallow year for us.

‘In spite of our efforts to move heaven & earth, it has become clear that we simply will not be able to make the Festival happen this year. We are so sorry to let you all down.

‘As with last year, we would like to offer all those who secured a ticket in October 2019 the opportunity to roll their £50 deposit over to next year, and guarantee the chance to buy a ticket for Glastonbury 2022. 

‘We are very appreciative of the faith and trust placed in us by those of you with deposits, and we are very confident we can deliver something really special for us all in 2022!

‘We thank you for your incredible continued support and let’s look forward to better times ahead. With love, Michael & Emily.’

A study by the industry body UK Music released earlier this month, urged ministers to indicate a start date when live music can resume with full audiences so that organisers can plan ahead and book events.

Glastonbury and other summer music festivals could be cancelled unless the Government steps in to provide Covid insurance, a report warns today. Pictured: Kylie Minogue performing at Glastonbury on June 30, 2019

Glastonbury and other summer music festivals could be cancelled unless the Government steps in to provide Covid insurance, a report warns today. Pictured: Kylie Minogue performing at Glastonbury on June 30, 2019

Most live music events, including Glastonbury, were wiped out last summer by the pandemic. Pictured: Festival-goers enjoy Glastonbury on June 28, 2013

Most live music events, including Glastonbury, were wiped out last summer by the pandemic. Pictured: Festival-goers enjoy Glastonbury on June 28, 2013

It says projects to pilot socially distanced gigs were ‘not financially viable for the vast majority of venues’. 

And it warns that, with commercial Covid insurance not available, summer festivals that take a long time to organise face cancellation in weeks unless the Government steps in.

UK Music chief executive Jamie Njoku-Goodwin said: ‘With the right support, live music can be at the forefront of the post-pandemic recovery and play a key role in our country’s economic and cultural revival.’

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