Glastonbury festival 2021 has been cancelled for the second year running because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The news was announced on the event’s Twitter page today (21 Jan), in a statement from the festival’s organisers, Michael and Emily Eavis.
‘Look forward to better times’
The statement reads: “With great regret, we must announce that this year’s Glastonbury Festival will not take place, and that this will be another enforced fallow year for us.
“In spite of our efforts to move Heaven & Earth, it has become clear that we simply will not be able to make the Festival happen this year. We are so sorry to let you all down.”
The festival, held annually, was due to begin on 27 June at Worthy Farm, and usually attracts around 200,000 attendees each year.
‘We are confident we can deliver something special in 2022’
The statement continued: “As with last year, we would like to offer all those who secured a ticket in October 2019 the opportunity to roll their £50 deposit over to next year, and guarantee the chance to buy a ticket for Glastonbury 2022.
“We are very appreciative of the faith and trust placed in us by those of you with deposits, and we are very confident we can deliver something really special for us all in 2022!
“We thank you for your incredible continued support and let’s look forward to better times ahead.”
The 2020 edition of Glastonbury was scheduled to have Sir Paul McCartney, Taylor Swift and Kendrick Lamar, celebrating the event’s 50th anniversary. However, the festival was cancelled during the initial lockdown in March 2020.
The official cancellation announcement comes just weeks after former Spice Girl Mel B claimed the festival had been cancelled for 2021.
Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live on 4 January, she said: “I know that Glastonbury’s been cancelled so a lot of big stage performances are kind of on hold again this year. Which is sad but we’ve got to get this virus under control, I guess.”
Immediately after, Emily Eavis denied the claims, saying on Twitter that there was “no news this end”.
The decision comes in the same week as the future of live music is being put up for debate at a Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee inquiry.