Organisers of the annual Glastonbury Festival have cancelled this year’s 50th Anniversary event due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. Taylor Swift, Kendrick Lamar, Sir Paul McCartney, Diana Ross, Dua Lipa, Camila Cabello, Pet Shop Boys, Sam Fender, Blossoms, Haim and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds were amongst the headlining acts to perform this year.
135,000 people had already paid deposits to book their tickets to the annual events which often features some of the world’s top leading artist.
This year, in order to mark the 50th anniversary of the festive, acts such as the legends Sir Paul McCartney, Diana Ross along with chart smashing acts like Taylor Swift and Kendrick Lamar, were to head the festival lineup.
With the Glastonbury Festival cancelled, organisers have offered those who had already paid their deposits the opportunity to claim a refund or have the deposit rolled over to next year so that they would be guaranteed a ticket then.
The annual festival often draws crowds of around 200,000 music lovers and was scheduled to be held this year between 24 -28 June.
Michael Eavis, who is the event co-founder, along with his Emily released the following statement on Twitter.
We are so sorry to announce this, but we are going to have to cancel Glastonbury 2020. Tickets for this year will roll over to next year. Full statement below and on our website. Michael & Emily pic.twitter.com/ox8kcQ0HoB
— Glastonbury Festival (@glastonbury) March 18, 2020