Glastonbury Festival has become the latest major event to cancel amid the current coronavirus pandemic and will not take place this summer.
It was only a matter of days ago that event co-organiser, Emily Eavis, claimed that she had her “fingers firmly crossed” the event would go ahead despite the growing concerns. Now though, as the government steps up its response to the pandemic, the event has been postponed until next summer.
The likes of Taylor Swift, Paul McCartney, Kendrick Lamar, Diana Ross, Dua Lipa and more had been confirmed for the event which will be moved to the summer of 2021.
It is thought that Glastonbury organisers made the difficult decision to postpone the event before reaching the crucial April 1st deadline—a date in which ticket holders would be expected to pay the outstanding balance of their £270 admittance.
The festival confirmed the news via social media, confirming that the event will return to Worthy Farm in the summer of 2021. “We are so sorry to announce this, but Glastonbury 2020 will have to be cancelled, and this will be an enforced fallow year for the festival,” a statement reads.
“We very much hope that the situation in the UK will have improved enormously by the end of June,” said Michael and Emily Eavis in a statement. “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.”
“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.”
They added: “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.”
The ongoing pandemic of coronavirus disease was first officially identified in December 2019 in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei in China. As of 17 March, more than 200,106 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 8,010 people having died from the virus, COVID-19 has now spread into more than 150 other countries—including mainland Europe, South America and North America. Given the exponential growth in cases in countries like Italy and Spain, the WHO have now stated that Europe was the current centre of the pandemic.