The BBC has announced their replanned coverage of this year’s Glastonbury Festival and Eurovision Song Contest which were both cancelled due to the global coronavirus pandemic.
Both events were cancelled last week with Glastonbury bosses Michael and Emily Eavis making the following statement: “We very much hope that the situation in the UK will have improved enormously by the end of June, But even if it has, we are no longer able to spend the next three months with thousands of crew here on the farm, helping us with the enormous job of building the infrastructure and attractions.”
They added: “We were so looking forward to welcoming you all for our 50th anniversary with a line-up full of fantastic artists and performers that we were incredibly proud to have booked. We look forward to welcoming you back to these fields next year and until then, we send our love and support to all of you.”
But the BBC, who offer a vast range of coverage of both events every year have announced details of ‘Glastonbury Experience’ which will air over the weekend of when the 50th anniversary was supposed to take place at Worthy Farm.
BBC’s statement is as follows: “Glastonbury may have had to cancel its 50th-anniversary festival this June, but we are still working to mark the weekend with a Glastonbury experience to celebrate the spirit of this unique event.”
They added: “We will bring the nation together and create a weekend of the best in music across radio, television and online with amazing performances for you to enjoy in the comfort of your home. And we will be in touch shortly with more details of the weekend.”
The broadcasters also announced details of ‘Eurovision: Come Together’, which is planned to feature classic performances and takes a look at what could have happened at this years event.
The ongoing pandemic of coronavirus disease was first officially identified in December 2019 in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei in China. As of March 25th, more than 428,217 cases of COVID-19 have been officially confirmed but the actual number is thought to be much higher due to substantial under-reporting of cases.
With more than 19,101 people having died from the virus, COVID-19 has now spread into more than 180 other countries—including mainland Europe, South America and North America. Given the exponential growth in cases in countries like Italy, Spain and the UK, the WHO have now stated that Europe was the current centre of the pandemic.