Glastonbury Festival becomes the latest Coronavirus casualty

The 50th anniversary of the legendary music festival is cancelled
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Glastonbury Festival becomes the latest Coronavirus casualty

2020 is officially cancelled. 

In the week when The Met Gala, Coachella, and even the Grazia Style Awards have been called off in the interests of public health, today Michael Eavis, the owner of Worthy Farm and his daughter Emily, announced that this year's Glastonbury Festival would no longer be going ahead. 

"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. 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."

Stormzy performed on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury in 2019 in a Banksy stab vest

Explaining why the decision to cancel the festival - due to take place from 24 - 28 June - was taken so early, they continued, "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."

135,000 tickets were sold for what was set to be the 50th anniversary of the iconic music and arts festival in the village of Pilton in Somerset, with this year's headliners to include Taylor Swift, Diana Ross, Kendrick Lamar and Paul McCartney. 

Ticket holders are being offered refunds on their deposits or the chance to put the money towards attending next year's festival. 

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