Glastonbury 2020 cancels 50th anniversary edition due to coronavirus

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Glastonbury 2020 announces that this year’s edition is cancelled. The legendary British festival would have celebrated its 50th anniversary from 24 to 28 June.

Glastonbury Festival explains that this was not an easy decision to make. However, the organisation cannot continue preparing this summer’s edition. The British government announced new measures this week, and they affects all workers, who cannot continue their work and preparations.

For the lucky ones who managed to get tickets, there is at least some good news. Because the organisers know how hard it is to get tickets, they are giving everyone with a ticket for this year’s edition a chance to forward their deposit to next year’s festival. In this way you can secure your ticket prior to everyone else and don’t have to worry about it when the sales start for next year. However, if you wish to get a refund of your deposit, this is also possible.

In the previous days, many music festivals released statements regarding the coronavirus outbreak. While some may postpone their event, others state they will continue as planned. However, Glastonbury sadly has to surrender to the given situation and cancel this year’s anniversary edition of the festival. The news comes only a few days after their big line-up reveal with the likes of Paul McCartney, Taylor Swift and Kendrick Lamar.

We are so sorry to announce this, but Glastonbury 2020 will have to be cancelled, and this will be an enforced fallow…

Geplaatst door Glastonbury Festival (official) op Woensdag 18 maart 2020

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Glastonbury is a five-day festival of contemporary performing arts that takes place in Pilton, Somerset, England. Aside from performing musical acts, the festival also hosts dance, comedy, theatre, circus acts, and other activities. Glastonbury is the largest greenfield festival in the world, with around 135,000 attendees. It took place for the first time in 1970 and since 1981, the festival happens roughly every four out of five years. In 2020, Glastonbury would have celebrated its 50th anniversary.