Glastonbury Festival records loss of £ 3million after 2021 festival is canceled

The Glastonbury Festival recorded losses of £ 3.1million in 2021 after having to cancel its second consecutive festival.

The cancellation of the festival for the second year in a row was confirmed in early 2021, due to lingering concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. Instead, they hosted the Living on a dignified farm livestream with performances from Coldplay, HAIM, Damon Albarn, The Smile, Wolf Alice and many more.

According to new documents obtained by Billboard, Glastonbury recorded losses of £ 3.1million in 2021, seeing its annual turnover drop from £ 45million to just £ 950,000. Glastonbury has since confirmed NME that the figure is correct.

In April 2021, the festival publicly shared its gratitude for receiving money through the UK government’s Cultural Recovery Fund, confirming that it had lost “millions due to the cancellation of our last two festivals” .

Ahead of Glastonbury 2022, Diana Ross was recently confirmed to play the coveted Legends Slot Machine at Worthy Farm this year. The announcement came after Billie Eilish was announced as the headliner for the 2022 event, making her the youngest solo actor to headline the festival.

Eilish and Ross will likely join Aerosmith to perform at the festival next year. The group are set to return after being previously confirmed for 2020 and deeming their UK tour dates rescheduled for 2022.

Elton John has also been widely rumored to perform in 2022, with a similar gap in his “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” tour schedule.

Queens Of The Stone Age was tipped last summer to headline the alternate scene on the same night Eilish would play the pyramid. eFestivals said the rumor was based on “solid information from a leading source, also with support from a second source”.

Crowded House has also confirmed that they will be performing at the festival next June.

In August, Michael Eavis hinted that the “big names” who were due to perform at the Glastonbury Festival in 2020 were lined up for next year’s festival.

Jan G. Gilbert