Glastonbury Festival 2020: Cancelled

With the coronavirus outbreak, music festival-goers can expect the cancellation of this year’s Glastonbury Festival.

Glastonbury was due to take place on Wednesday 24th to Sunday 28th June 2020 but with the COVID-19 outbreak that is wreaking havoc globally, the organisers have been given little option but to cancel. With festival-goers first paying deposits in October 2019 and with the remaining balance due in April. Those who paid a deposit on tickets for 2020 will have their tickets rolled-over to 2021, or a refund if wanted.

Contractors generally start working on the festival site at the end of April / beginning of May, so the organisers have cancelled the event to safeguard their staff, artists and ticket holders.

See the statement from Glastonbury festival organisers, Michael and Emily Eavis:

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.

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.

We would like to send our sincere apologies to the 135,000 people who have already paid a deposit for a Glastonbury 2020 ticket. The balance payments on those tickets were due at the beginning of April and we wanted to make a firm decision before then.

We understand that it is not always easy to secure a Glastonbury ticket, which is why we would like to offer all those people the chance to roll their £50 deposit over to next year, and guarantee the opportunity to buy a ticket for Glastonbury 2021. Those who would prefer a refund of that £50 will be able to contact See Tickets in the coming days in order to secure that. This option will remain available until September this year. For those who are happy to roll their deposit over, that will happen automatically. Further information – including details on rolling over coach packages, official accommodation bookings and local Sunday tickets – will be added to our website in the coming days.

The cancellation of this year’s Festival will no doubt come as a terrible blow to our incredible crew and volunteers who work so hard to make this event happen. There will also inevitably be severe financial implications as a result of this cancellation – not just for us, but also the Festival’s charity partners, suppliers, traders, local landowners and our community.

We were so looking forward to welcoming you all for our 50th anniversary with a line-up full of fantastic artists and performers that we were incredibly proud to have booked. Again, we’re so sorry that this decision has been made. It was not through choice. But we look forward to welcoming you back to these fields next year and until then, we send our love and support to all of you.

We are expecting more festival cancellations and postponement announcements, especially from festivals and events happening in May and June. Although it may be disappointing, staying healthy is everyone’s priority right now. BBC Radio 1 Big Weekend has been cancelled. Meanwhile, Bearded Theory has secured a new contingency date for Septemeber whereby the venue, license, suppliers, personnel and the vast majority of our advertised line up can be accommodated. Over in the States, their two best-known festivals; Coachella has been postponed and SXSW has been cancelled.

O2 Academy venues have temporarily postponed all events until 31 March, ticket holders of any affected event will be contacted directly.

Please remember to be kind to festival organisers, venue owners, their social media team and ticketing companies, this is out of their control and they will be as gutted as you if not more so as their jobs are at stake. Everyone’s health and wellbeing is the priority at the moment.