The celebration typically occurs in June, but faced with continued uncertainty about the state of the U.K.’s precarious handle on the pandemic, creator Michael Eavis and daughter Emily Eavis have actually pulled the plug on what would have been the belated 50 th edition of the iconic music festival.
In a letter to celebration goers posted on Thursday, organizers said: “With great regret, we need to announce that this year’s Glastonbury Festival will not take place, which this will be another enforced fallow year for us. In spite of our efforts to move Paradise & Earth, it has actually ended up being clear that we merely will not have the ability to make the Festival happen this year. We are so sorry to let you all down.”
The festival is rollovering its ticket policy from 2020, using those who protected a ticket in October 2019 the chance to roll their ₤50($68) deposit over to next year, and ensure the possibility to purchase a ticket for Glastonbury 2022.
” We are extremely appreciative of the faith and trust placed in us by those of you with deposits, and we are really positive we can deliver something actually unique for all of us in 2022!” continued the organizers. “We thank you for your extraordinary ongoing assistance and let’s eagerly anticipate much better times ahead.”
Glastonbury 2020 was set to feature Taylor Swift, Paul McCartney and Kendrick Lamar. The festival had been bullish about plans to go on in spite of coronavirus fears right up till mid-March, when it joined the multitude of U.K. occasions that either delayed or canceled their plans for the year in fast succession as the country was put under lockdown. Rather, Glasto went ahead as a virtual event, with the BBC running “The Glastonbury Experience,” including classic efficiencies from the storied celebration
It’s still unclear what remains in store for this year’s event in terms of a virtual offering.
In December, Emily Eavis informed the BBC that the celebration was doing “everything we can on our end to strategy and prepare, however I think we’re still rather a long way from being able to state we’re confident 2021 will go ahead.” She likewise noted that the celebration had lost “millions” in 2020, when Glasto was forced to cancel 3 months out of the occasion.
The U.K. marked its worst day-to-day death toll considering that the start of the pandemic on Wednesday, reporting 1,820 deaths.
Glasto’s 2021 cancellation also comes during a dire duration for U.K. music. On Wednesday, 100 leading performers, including Elton John and Ed Sheeran, released an open letter to the government highlighting the troubles for touring in Europe due to free movement limitations post-Brexit.