Just a week after the 2020 lineup was revealed, this year’s Glastonbury festival has been canceled due to the coronavirus.
“Clearly this was not a course of action we hoped to take for our 50th anniversary event,” Glastonbury co-founders Michael and Emily Eavis wrote in a statement, “but following the new government measures announced this week — and in times of such unprecedented uncertainty — this is now our only viable option.”
“We very much hope that the situation in the UK will have improved enormously by the end of June. But even if it has, we are no longer able to spend the next three months with thousands of crew here on the farm, helping us with the enormous job of building the infrastructure and attractions needed to welcome more than 200,000 people to a temporary city in these fields,” the Eavis’ added.
Originally, Glastonbury was scheduled to celebrate its 50th anniversary June 24th-28th with a lineup featuring Taylor Swift, Sir Paul McCartney, Kendrick Lamar, Diana Ross, Thom Yorke, Lana Del Rey, Kacey Musgraves, Robyn, The Isley Brothers, FKA twigs, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Manic Street Preachers, Primal Scream, The Jesus & Mary Chain, and more.
Those who bought tickets will have the option of being refunded or rolling over their tickets to 2021. More information will be available on Glastonbury’s website soon.
We are so sorry to announce this, but we are going to have to cancel Glastonbury 2020. Tickets for this year will roll over to next year. Full statement below and on our website. Michael & Emily pic.twitter.com/ox8kcQ0HoB
— Glastonbury Festival (@glastonbury) March 18, 2020