Glastonbury Festival will not take place for a second year in a row because of the coronavirus pandemic, organisers Michael and Emily Eavis have announced.
Taking to Twitter organisers Michael and Emily Eavis 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.
“Tickets for this year will roll over to next year.
“Full statement below and on our website. Michael & Emily.”
“Sad news but the right decision. You’re not letting anyone down. Roll on 2022!” one fan tweeted.
A second wrote: “Totally understandable but absolutely gutted…for all of us, and for the whole team that organise it. The longest I’ve gone without a Glastonbury festival since 1993. I am missing it already.”
In a statement, Glastonbury Festival organisers Michael and Emily Eavis said they were “so sorry” to have to cancel the event for the second year in a row.
They said: “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 & 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 & Emily.”
Eavis, the Glastonbury festival founder, 85, got his vaccination at a GP-led community vaccination site in Shepton Mallet on New Year’s Eve.
Eavis said his festival, which was cancelled in 2020 due to Covid-19, might return in 2021 if enough of the population was vaccinated.
The Somerset dairy farmer said: “It is amazing to be in one of the first groups of people to have the Covid-19 vaccine in Somerset.
“It is great that everyone across the country will be offered the vaccine in due course.
“It is really important that everyone takes the opportunity to have the free vaccine when it is offered to them – it is our only real chance of protecting ourselves and our friends and family from this disease.”
Mr Eavis continued to the PA news agency: “As far as the festival is concerned, wouldn’t it be wonderful to get the majority of our population vaccinated before June 2021, so that we can celebrate next summer in proper ‘Glastonbury style’.”
Mr Eavis thanked staff and volunteers at the vaccination centre, which he described as “very well organised”.