Glastonbury 2020 postponed due to Coronavirus, organisers confirmPosted on: 18 Mar 2020
This year would have been the 50th edition of the world-renowned festival.
Glastonbury Festival organisers Emily and Michael Eavis confirmed today that the 2020 edition, due to take place from 24-28 June, has been postponed due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
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
Confirming rumours on social media, the festival's official statement explains that "clearly this was not a course of action we hoped to take for our 50th anniversary event, but following the new government measures announced this week – and in times of such unprecedented uncertainty – this is now our only viable option."
The statement continues to outline that festival organisers had initially hoped that the situation in the UK would have improved greatly by the end of June, but the over-three-month job to put the festival together would have to get underway too early to avoid health risks.
The announcement comes just days after Glastonbury confirmed the first wave of acts for the 2020 festival, which was due to welcome headliners Kendrick Lamar, Paul McCartney and Taylor Swift as well as a huge roster of acclaimed acts from around the world.
What does this mean for ticket holders?
As part of their statement, the Glastonbury team confirmed that current ticket holders will be given the opportunity to roll their £50 deposit over to next year, guaranteeing them the chance to buy a ticket for Glastonbury 2021.
Those who would prefer a refund will be given information in the coming days, with refunds set to become available through See Tickets. Further information on travel packages, accommodation bookings and Sunday tickets will be added to the Glastonbury website soon.
"We were so looking 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," reads the festival's statement.
"Again, we’re so sorry that this decision has been made. It was not through choice. But 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."
For more news and updates, be sure to keep an eye on the official Glastonbury Festival Twitter page.
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