Glastonbury Music Festival cancelled for a second year because of coronavirus

'With great regret, we must announce that this year’s Glastonbury Festival will not take place'
Glastonbury Festival on June 27th 2019 in Glastonbury, Somerset, United Kingdom.
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For the second year, the sacred and sometimes muddy fields of the Glastonbury Arts and Music Festival will remain empty. Unfortunately, the U.K.’s biggest music event, has been once again been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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In a letter to festival goers posted on Thursday morning (January 21), festival organizers Michael Eavis and his daughter Emily, sadly relayed the following; “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.”

Originally set for June 23-27, the choice to postpone the belated 50th edition of the iconic music festival marks the first time in history the event will skip consecutive years.

Glastonbury 2020 was set to headline Taylor Swift, Paul McCartney and Kendrick Lamar. Instead, the festival went ahead as a virtual event, “The Glastonbury Experience,” featuring classic performances from the storied festival, which aired on BBC. As of now it is no additional information has been share in regards to if a virtual event will be offered this year as well.

As with last year’s cancellation, the letter additionally addressed that tickets purchased in 2019 for the 2020 festival will once again roll over, guaranteeing ticket-holders a chance to secure tickets for the 2022 festival.

“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!” continued the organizers. “We thank you for your incredible continued support and let’s look forward to better times ahead.”

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