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BBC to broadcast a “celebration of Glastonbury” this June

BBC to broadcast a “celebration of Glastonbury” this June

It follows news of Glastonbury’s 50th-anniversary celebrations being put on hold until 2021

The BBC have announced plans to broadcast “a celebration of Glastonbury” this June – following this morning’s (March 18) official confirmation that Glastonbury‘s 50th-anniversary celebrations have been put on hold due to coronavirus.

In a message from organisers, Michael and Emily Eavis explained that cancelling this year’s event was their “only viable option” following “new government measures announced this week” to prevent the spread of the pandemic.


Shortly after the cancellation announcement – in a genuine call-out, pop culture Journalist Natalie Jamieson urged the BBC in a Tweet, to see if “those Glastonbury archives can be raided to put on an ultimate Glasto classic line-up online / red button” for that weekend in June – while tagging BBC Radio 2 presenter and all-around Glasto aficionado Jo Whiley, who responded by saying “I’m game!”.

Following that, the BBC posted their own statement, saying: “We, along with the Eavis family, are saddened that understandably, the Glastonbury Festival can’t take place,”. We are already looking forward to next year’s festival at Worthy Farm and will now look at providing our audiences with a celebration of Glastonbury in June.”

Glastonbury was set to be held at Worthy Farm in Pilton, Somerset – from Wednesday, June 24 through Sunday, June 28 – after the line-up poster and first wave of artists was released last week (Thursday, March 12) which included Diana Ross, Paul McCartney, Taylor Swift, Lana Del, Kendrick Lamar and many more.

In today’s statement, the Eavis’ said of the cancellation: “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.”


2020 will now serve as “an enforced fallow year” for Glastonbury Festival, while officials confirmed that those who managed to secure a ticket for 2020 will have the chance to roll their £50 deposit over to next year and guarantee the opportunity to buy a ticket for Glastonbury 2021.

Alternatively, those who would prefer a refund of that £50 will be able to contact See Tickets in the coming days in order to secure that. This option will remain available until September this year. For those who are happy to roll their deposit over, that will happen automatically.

Further information – including details on rolling over coach packages, official accommodation bookings and local Sunday tickets – will be added to their website in the coming days. In the meantime, you can read the full statement here.

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