Glastonbury festival organisers Michael and Emily Eavis have said they are “so sorry” to cancel the event for the second year in a row.
It had been hoped that the celebration of music and arts would be able to go ahead in 2021, after it was called off in 2020 on what would have been its 50th anniversary.
“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,” they said in a statement on Twitter.
“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.
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 pic.twitter.com/SlNdwA2tHd
— Glastonbury Festival (@glastonbury) January 21, 2021
“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.”
The decision appears to have come at the last minute, with the building of the various stages due to commence in early March.
On January 4, Emily Eavis responded to claims made by Spice Girl Mel B on BBC Radio 5 Live that the festival had been cancelled.
Happy new year to you all!
There’s no news this end yet, we haven’t cancelled. Will let you know right here as soon as we have an update..
— Emily Eavis (@emilyeavis) January 4, 2021
In December, Emily told the BBC that Glastonbury organisers are “doing everything we can on our end to plan and prepare but I think we’re still quite a long way from being able to say we’re confident 2021 will go ahead”.
She added the festival lost “millions” in 2020 but that it would avoid bankruptcy “as long as we can make a firm call either way in advance” about this year’s event.
The festival at Worthy Farm in Somerset was sold out for 2021 because so few people had asked for a refund from last year, when headliners Sir Paul McCartney, Taylor Swift and Kendrick Lamar were all due to perform.