Glastonbury Festival co-organiser, Michael Eavis, has admitted that he is unsure if the 2021 edition of the event will take place.
The iconic festival, which was forced to cancel its eagerly-anticipated 50th anniversary plans this summer, has one of many different institutions to be affected by the ongoing health crisis.
While Eavis had lined up the likes of Taylor Swift, Paul McCartney and Kendrick Lamar to headline the rescheduled event, he also confessed that given the current issues surrounding the pandemic, fans may need to wait until 2022 for the festival to return.
“500 people is ok isn’t it,” Eavis told ITV News West Country about the current issues surrounding the social distancing guidelines. “But my job, 250,000 altogether is too many people I suppose isn’t it really.”
He added: “I’m still hoping I’m going to be running next year and I’m going to be moving heaven and earth to make sure that we do. But that doesn’t mean it will necessarily happen. That is just wishful thinking really.”
Despite the uncertainty of the festival’s immediate future, Eavis remains confident that Glastonbury will still be able to come back stronger from this current setback. “No I do not worry at all, I am so confident that it will survive. The only certainty I think is the year after, 2022. To be perfectly candid, so we might have to wait for two years maybe,” he said.
“But I am still hoping and we are fighting and working at it all the time to make sure it happens next year.
“You can’t kill it off just like that. It will come back. It will come back, probably stronger actually.”