Glastonbury has been postponed another year.
Last spring, amidst the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, Glastonbury festival pushed back its 50th-anniversary edition to 2021, with hopes for a grand return in the summer. Unfortunately, those plans have once again been dashed, as it’s been confirmed today that Glastonbury 2021 has been cancelled. [Featured Image: @glastofest, Instagram].
The decision was a tough one to take for both organisers and festival-goers, but with the festival needing months of planning to pull it off, it appears that time has run out for Glastonbury this year. Michael and Emily Eavis, who organise the festival, said “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.”
The ongoing lockdown, and uncertainty about when life can begin getting back to normal, has been the deciding factor in staging Glastonbury this year. Though the festival often takes a “fallow year” in order for the land to recover, the two-year gap between festivals is a long one for music-lovers to take. Still, the Eavis’ said “We are very confident we can deliver something really special for us all in 2022”, when – fingers crossed – the festival should be able to go ahead.
As with the cancellation of the 2020 festival, anyone who reserved their ticket in the initial ballot of October 2019 will be able to roll their deposit over, guaranteeing their option to buy tickets for the 2022 event. It remains to be seen whether the 2020 lineup – which had Kendrick Lamar, Taylor Swift, and Paul McCartney down to headline, plus the likes of Diana Ross, Lana Del Rey, and Dizzee Rascal – will roll over too.
Worthy Farm’s historic event was birthed in 1970, and has seen the most cutting edge artists grace its fields. Whether it was David Bowie, Adele, Metallica or Stormzy, the 50th anniversary was set to remember all that came before along with a stellar celebratory lineup. We’ll keep our fingers firmly crossed it returns in 2022, with a banging festival that makes up for two years of no Glastonbury!