Glastonbury Festival is cancelled

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UK: The organisers of Glastonbury Festival have announced the cancellation of its forthcoming edition — which was set to take place from July 24 – 28 — due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are so sorry to announce this, but Glastonbury 2020 will have to be cancelled, and this will be an enforced fallow year for the festival,” read the festival’s official statement. “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.

“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.”

Ticketholders for Glastonbury 2020 will be able to roll over their deposit into next year, providing them with a guaranteed place at the festival. Alternatively, fans can request a refund.