Glastonbury Festival 2021 canceled due to COVID-19 – Billboard

Organizers of England’s Glastonbury Festival announced on Thursday morning (January 21) that this year’s event had been canceled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. “With great regret we have to announce that this year’s Glastonbury Festival will not take place and it will be another year of forced fallow for us,” read a statement from the iconic summer gathering which took place. also had to take a break last summer. because of the coronavirus.

“Despite our best efforts to get Heaven & Earth moving, it has become clear that we simply cannot make the Festival happen this year. We are so sorry to have let you down. Like last year, the Glasto team is offering anyone who purchased tickets in October 2019 for last year’s canceled event the option to defer their deposits to next year, with a chance to purchase a ticket for the scheduled 2020 edition.

“We very much appreciate the faith and trust placed in us by those of you with deposits, and we are very confident that we can offer something truly special for all of us in 2022!”, wrote the founder of the festival Michael Eavis and his daughter and co-organizer, Émilie. “We thank you for your incredible continued support and look forward to better times ahead.” Glastonbury typically attracts over 200,000 people to its Worthy Farm site in England’s Somerset county.

The 50th anniversary of the UK festival was due to be held last June, with Taylor Swift and Paul McCartney among the planned headliners, alongside Kendrick Lamar, Diana Ross, Lana Del Rey, Haim, Dizzee Rascal, Pet Shop Boys and Thom Yorke.

Although the Eavis did not mention the pandemic as the reason for the historic second consecutive cancellation, despite accelerating the rollout of a handful of vaccines to combat the still-raging virus that has infected more than 96 million people and in has killed more than two million people worldwide, it is still unclear whether large gatherings will be possible by this summer.

See their statement below.

Jan G. Gilbert