It’s official: Glastonbury’s 2021 edition of the Festival will not take place this year either, but tickets for this year will roll over to next year
Glastonbury‘s 2021 instalment which was scheduled to take place later this summer has now been cancelled due to COVID-19, Festival officials announced earlier today.
Announcing the cancellation via their social media accounts this morning (Thursday, January 21), the Glastonbury Festival officials said: “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.
“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. With love, Michael & Emily”
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. Tickets for this year will roll over to next year. Full statement below and on our website. Michael & Emily pic.twitter.com/SlNdwA2tHd
— Glastonbury Festival (@glastonbury) January 21, 2021
Up until the very last moment, organisers had been working diligently in order to try and make it possible for the Worthy Farm-held event to go ahead safely this year, as Glasto-goers had been told to expect a decision early this year.
Glastonbury was set to celebrate its 50th-anniversary last summer – with headliners in Taylor Swift, Kendrick Lamar and Paul McCartney – but was forced to cancel the 2020 instalment due to the coronavirus crisis just a week after the lineup was announced last year.
Late last year, Emily Eavis told the BBC that they are doing “everything we can” to ensure it takes place in 2021.
She said: “The hard part is understanding exactly what we’ll be planning for, and what impact that will have on what we’re able to do. But right now I’m not sure there’s anything we could do that would completely ensure we can welcome 200,000 people to spend six days in some fields in June 2021.”
Eavis also noted that if the festival could not happen in its traditional form, the organisers will consider inviting artists to perform on the farm for a series of live streams.
Furthermore, the Glastonbury organiser confirmed earlier this month that ticketholders for 2021 would be able to roll over their tickets to the 2022 edition of the festival if it doesn’t go ahead as planned this summer.
Glastonbury 2022 will take place from 22nd – 26th June 2022 at its natural home in Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset.