Glastonbury cancels 50th anniversary festival due to virus: organisers

Glastonbury Festival says Neil McCormick is the most British of institutions

Glastonbury Festival says Neil McCormick is the most British of institutions

Subsequent to Glastonbury's cancellation announcement today, the Eurovision Song Contest - which was due to take place in Rotterdam, in the Netherlands in May - also announced it was scrapping its 2020 edition.

The festival announced on Twitter that it has now been rescheduled for next year with a statement from organisers Michael and Emily Eavis confirming that tickets purchased for this year would be honoured in 2021.

Beatles icon Paul McCartney and United States rapper Kendrick Lamar were also set to perform on the main stage.

Taylor Swift, Dua Lipa and Camila Cabello are among some of the artists who were due to perform at the event's 50th anniversary. Tickets for this year will roll over to next year. Organisers acknowledged the concern at the time, but said their fingers were crossed.

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Glastonbury is the latest high-profile cultural event in the United Kingdom to close its doors since the outbreak of the deadly virus.

Glastonbury organisers Michael and Emily Eavis said in a prepared statement earlier today: "The cancellation of this year's Festival will no doubt come as a bad blow to our incredible crew and volunteers who work so hard to make this event happen", they added.

Britain has recorded 1950 confirmed Covid-19 cases and 71 deaths.

While they expressed a hope for the coronavirus situation in the United Kingdom to have improved by June, they shared that they were "no longer able to spend the next three months with the thousands of crew here on the farm" helping to put the "temporary city" together. "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".

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