Glastonbury's 50th Anniversary Festival Has Been Canceled
This year's Glastonbury Festival
in the U.K. Has been canceled because of the continuous coronavirus outbreak
that's sweeping the world. Founder Michael Eavis and his daughter (and festival organizer) Emily released a statement on Instagram confirming that this year's 50th-anniversary show had been nixed.
"Clearly this was not a course of action we hoped to take for our 50th-anniversary event, although after the new government measures reported this week - and in times of such unprecedented uncertainty - this is currently our only viable alternative they wrote. "We very much hope that the scenario in the U.K. Will have improved enormously by the end of June."
Earlier this month, Kendrick Lamar
was revealed as Glastonbury's third headliner this year, following both Taylor Swift
and Paul McCartney
. The five-day festival had sold out of its ticket and coach packages last October in just 27 minutes. There's no word as to if the same lineup will return next year however, however Michael and Emily are already looking towards then to create their comeback. "Again, we're so sorry that this decision has been made," they wrote. "It was not through choice. Nevertheless we look forward to welcoming you back to these fields next year and up until then, we send our love and support to all of you."
Glastonbury is the latest festival to be canceled or postponed in the wake of the global coronavirus pandemic. Yesterday (March 17), Goldenvoice reported that its upcoming Lovers And Friends
festival, that was set to kick off in May, has been indefinitely postponed. As well as other festivals like Coachella
, Something In The Water
, and Dreamville
getting similar treatments, it looks like everything will be on hold up until the outbreak is contained.
Take a look at the whole statement from Glastonbury's organizers up above. For more data about other music event cancellations, check out our growing list here
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