Here’s everything we know about Glastonbury Festival 2021 thus far…
Glastonbury Festival 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.
In a message from organisers, announcing the Festival’s cancellation, Michael and Emily Eavis explained that cancelling this year’s event was their “only viable option” following “new government measures” to prevent the spread of the pandemic – saying: “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.”
The news of the cancellation was followed by a joint announcement from Glastonbury Festival and the BBC informing fans they could expect a celebratory run of programming across the Glasto-weekend – titled ‘The Glastonbury Experience’ – which eventually surpassed 10 million streams of content on BBC iPlayer, with thousands more having watched past sets broadcast on TV.
At this stage, it is still unknown whether the 2021 edition of Glastonbury, which has not been cancelled, can go ahead safely.
Late last year, Emily Eavis told the BBC that they are doing “everything we can” to ensure it takes place next year.
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 that ticketholders for the 2021 event 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.
In looking ahead to Glastonbury 2021 – below, we have tried to summarise and answer some of the most frequently asked questions about Glastonbury 2021 in regards to tickets, dates, line-up and more.
Glastonbury 2021 FAQs
Will Glastonbury definitely be happening in 2021?
At the time of writing these lines, Glastonbury is currently set to go ahead. Speaking to ITV News West Country last year, Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis said he is “still hoping, fighting and working at it all the time to make sure it happens”.
What dates will Glastonbury 2021 take place?
The dates for 2021 have been confirmed as Wednesday, June 23 to Sunday, June 27.
What happens if I had a ticket for Glastonbury 2020 and still want to go?
If you want to keep your already-purchased ticket – Those who had paid their deposit for the 2020 Festival will have them be automatically rolled over to a like-for-like booking for the 2021 Festival. This means that coach package deposits for 2020 will roll over to coach package deposits for 2021, and general admission ticket deposits for 2020 will roll over to general admission deposits for 2021. Please note that it is not possible to swap from a coach package to general admission or vice versa.
I’ve paid my deposit and want a ticket for 2021, when do I need to pay the remaining balance?
As the ticket is being rolled over to the 2021 Festival, the remaining ticket balance would need to be paid during the April 2021 balance payment window. The remaining balance will be calculated from the 2021 ticket price which will be confirmed in early 2021.
Any tickets for which the balance has not been paid by 23:59 on Wednesday, April 7th 2021 will be refunded £25. A £25 administration fee will be retained.
What happens if I had a ticket for Glastonbury 2020 and don’t want to go?
If you would prefer to cancel your booking and receive a full refund of your deposit (and coach fare if applicable) without incurring any cancellation fees, you can do so, up to 31st March 2021 (which was extended from the previous 31st January 2021 date), using the online form on the See Tickets website to request a refund.
I am a local resident who booked a Sunday Ticket for Glastonbury 2020, what will happen to my ticket?
Sunday Ticket bookings which were valid at the point of Festival cancellation can be rolled over to a like-for-like booking to the 2021 Festival. You will not need to do anything for the ticket booking to roll over. You will automatically be assigned to the equivalent bus option for the 2021 Festival.
If you would like to cancel your ticket booking you will be able to request a full refund, without incurring any cancellation fees, up to 31st March 2021 using the online form on the See Tickets website.
I’ve booked a Campervan Pass / accommodation at Worthy View / Sticklinch / an onsite Tipi, what will happen to my booking?
Accommodation bookings which were valid at the point of Festival cancellation can also be rolled over for a like-for-like booking for the 2021 Festival. You will not need to do anything for the booking to roll over.
If you would like to cancel your official accommodation or campervan ticket booking, you will be able to request a full refund, without incurring any cancellation fees, until 31st March 2021 by contacting See Tickets Customer Services at [email protected] with the order reference number for your accommodation booking.
One of my group is no longer able to attend, what will happen to my booking?
If a member of your group is no longer able to attend the Festival, they will be able to request a refund of their ticket using the refund request form on the See Tickets website.
How much will Glastonbury 2021 tickets cost?
The price of tickets for 2021 have yet to be announced. That being said, tickets for 2020 would have been £265 (+ £5 booking fee per ticket).
Glastonbury Festival says that they “won’t know the price for tickets for the 2021 Festival until later in the year”, and that they “will ensure that full details will be confirmed in early 2021, to allow anyone who wishes to cancel their booking free of charge the chance to do so”.
Whilst your deposit will be rolled over to a like-for-like booking, the remaining balance payable will be the balance of the 2021 ticket price, not the 2020 ticket price.
I didn’t get a ticket for 2020, will I still get a chance to book tickets for 2021?
Tickets for Glastonbury Festival 2021 are sold out, with deposits paid for the 2020 Festival having rolled over. However just as Glastonbury was due to have a resale in April for the 2020 Festival, any tickets for which the deposit is refunded, or the balance is not paid, will be made available in a resale in April 2021. Please note that in order to book tickets in any sale you will first need to be registered.
How do I register for Glastonbury 2021?
There is no way you can book Glastonbury tickets unless you’ve pre-registered. Registration remains free of charge and only takes a few minutes at www.glastonburyregistration.co.uk.
If you are already registered with the Festival, you do not need to re-register. However, Glastonbury does advise you to check your existing registration here and update your photo if it is no longer of a good likeness.
Children aged 12 and under when the Festival takes place are admitted free of charge and do not need a ticket, and do not need to register.
Please note, registration does not guarantee you a ticket (and in recent years, demand for tickets has outstripped supply).
My child who did not require a ticket for the 2020 Festival will be 13 by the time of the 2021 Festival, what should I do?
If you have tickets which you are rolling over for the 2021 Festival and your child will turn 13 between 24th June 2020 and 23rd June 2021, please submit their registration at (www.glastonburyregistration.co.uk) and once you have their registration number, please contact Glastonbury Festival using the ‘Any Other Enquiries’ option on the Festival Contact form as soon as possible ahead of 31st March 2021, for information on how to book an additional ticket.
I didn’t manage to book accommodation for the 2020 Festival, will I still be able to book accommodation for 2021?
Yes, any accommodation cancellations will be made available in an accommodation sale following the ticket resales in 2021.
Any refunds will be issued to the original payment card. If you choose to cancel after 31st March 2021, the usual admin fees will apply.
The 2021 Terms and Conditions, which have been updated to reflect the extension to the free cancellation deadline to the 31st March 2021, apply to all bookings, including those rolled over from the 2020 Festival.
For more info regarding ticket cancellation FAQs, please visit Glastonbury Festival’s official site here.
Who has been confirmed for the Glastonbury 2021 line-up so far?
The first line-up taster for Glastonbury 2021 will probably not be unveiled by the Festival’s officials until the end of March/beginning of April, with the full line-up usually being unveiled towards the end of May.
That being said, with the cancellation of Glastonbury 2020 due to the COVID-19 crisis, one could speculate that a lot of the acts which had been booked for 2020 will roll over to 2021.
In addition, there are many artists who ‘self-confirm’ prior to the official announcements, by divulging the news during interviews, via social media or website listings.
Michael Eavis’ daughter, Emily Eavis, who is also the Festival’s organiser said back in June of 2020 while speaking to BBC 6 Music that she’s planning on “rolling two festivals together for 2021” and trying to “transfer a lot of the ideas and plans” from 2020 to 2021.
She added that “Logistically, it’s a little bit complicated because we’d already planned quite a few acts for 2021. It was one of those unusual years where you’re quite far ahead on the line-up. So we’re trying to work out how much we can fit into next year .”
Jessie Ware is another big-name artist which looks set to return to Worthy Farm, following Emily Eavis appearing on her podcast ‘Table Manners’ and asking Ware: “So Jessie, are you up for coming back next year? I’m thinking we make a plan now,” to which Ware responded: “Absolutely 100%”.Advertisement