THE 2021 Glastonbury Festival has been CANCELLED as the pandemic continues to ravage the country.
Organiser Emily Eavis has announced the news on Twitter.
Last year, the 50th anniversary edition of the event was called off due to the coronavirus pandemic, and the cancellation of the 2021 event means a second fallow year for the Worthy Farm site.
Emily wrote: “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.
“In spite of our efforts to move Heaven and 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 and Emily.”
Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) select committee chair Julian Knight labelled the cancellation of Glastonbury Festival as “devastating”.
He added on Twitter: “We have repeatedly called for ministers to act to protect our world-renowned festivals like this one with a Government-backed insurance scheme.
“Our plea fell on deaf ears and now the chickens have come home to roost.
“The jewel in the crown will be absent but surely the Government cannot ignore the message any longer – it must act now to save this vibrant and vital festivals sector.”
Leader of Somerset Independents political group, Andrew Pope, said: “This is very sad news. But it is the right decision for the public health and public safety of Somerset residents and everyone who would have been coming to Pilton and the surrounding area.
“I would like to thank Emily Eavis and Michael Eavis, and their team, for making the responsible decision, and placing public health and public safety ahead of financial concerns. I am pleased that they have clarified that the festival has not, after all, been at risk of bankruptcy.
“Hopefully the next festival will be able to be put on safely with the close co-operation of the organisers and with the protection of Somerset residents at the forefront of plans, working with the local authorities including Mendip District Council, Avon and Somerset Police and Somerset County Council.”