Is Glastonbury Festival 2021 canceled or is it continuing?

Summer is always a magical time for music, as millions of people around the world head to concerts and festivals for live events or even just to the local park armed with a few speakers.

Last year was of course a little different, with most – if not all – music festivals and concerts canceled, postponed or changed to be online only as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

There was hope that with the advent of Covid-19 vaccines life could return to normal this summer, and as we steadily emerge from lockdown it is too late for one of the most world famous Glastonbury, which is canceled for the second consecutive year.

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Is the Glastonbury Festival 2021 cancelled?

Unfortunately, yes, Glastonbury Festival 2021 is canceled and will not be taking place as an in-person event. The news broke in January, with organizers Michael and Emily Eavis saying they had tried to “move heaven and earth” to make the event happen, but it proved impossible.

Last year’s festival, which was to be a special 50th anniversary event, was also canceled. Noteholders have been allowed to defer their deposits to this year, and they will be allowed to do so again, or request a full refund if they prefer.

What happens instead?

Instead of a regular in-person festival, organizers held an online-only livestream titled Live at Worthy Farm. Held in May, the event featured top artists such as Coldplay, Idles, Damon Albarn and Wolf Alice, but was beset by technical issues.

The BBC plans to show highlights from Live at Worthy Farm in the coming weeks, but a specific time and date has not been confirmed.

It’s likely the organization will also show old sets from years past towards the end of the month, as that’s when the festival would have taken place, but again details are scant on the ground at the moment.

However, Glastonbury Festival Events Limited, the company which organizes the music festival, has announced plans to hold a two-day event on September 17 and 18.

The proposal, which has been approved by the city council but has not yet been fully fleshed out by the organizers, is for a single stage and without overnight stays. However, it is hoped that fans will be able to witness it somehow.

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