Covid-19, as we know, has already had a devastating impact on the music industry. So, it”s little surprise that the organizers of Glastonbury have canceled the 2020 run. It isn’t the first casualty of the epidemic within the live music scene. However, it will stand as one of the biggest.
Worse still, is the fact that this year, Glastonbury would have been celebrating its 50th anniversary. It’s a momentous milestone for a festival that has welcomed the likes of Kanye West, Primal Scream, Orbital, Oasis, and David Bowie over the years. Sadly, it seems, 2020’s edition isn’t one for the history books.
Due to headline the fiftieth anniversary, Glastonbury was Taylor Swift, Paul McCartney, and Kendrick Lamar. Set to run from 24-28 June, the news came via Twitter today that the Worthy Farm gig would no longer go ahead.
Michael and Emily Eavis made a statement on Twitter, saying: “We are so sorry to announce this, but we are going to have to cancel Glastonbury 2020. Tickets for this year will roll over to next year. Full statement below and on our website. Michael & Emily.”
Read below via Twitter for the statement in its entirety.
We are so sorry to announce this, but we are going to have to cancel Glastonbury 2020. Tickets for this year will roll over to next year. Full statement below and on our website. Michael & Emily pic.twitter.com/ox8kcQ0HoB
— Glastonbury Festival (@glastonbury) March 18, 2020
A more thorough statement via Twitter was released soon after. It began with: “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.
In what they describe as “times of such unprecedented uncertainty”, the organizers declared that the decision to cancel was their “only viable option.”
However, on a somewhat brighter note, the statement does affirm that ticket holders can roll over their £50 deposit into next year’s concert, or have it refunded.
Further information for accommodation, coach packages, and local Sunday tickets are expected “in the coming days.”