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The Glastonbury Festival May Not Return Until 2022

The UK live music industry is taking a hit, even the Glastonbury Festival may not return until 2022, as Michael Eavis admits it is 'wishful thinking' to hope that it will be back next year.

The UK live music industry is taking a hit, even the Glastonbury Festival may not return until 2022, as Michael Eavis admits it is ‘wishful thinking’ to hope that it will be back next year.

The music festival’s co-organiser and co-creator, Michael Eavis appeared on ITV News West Country recently and said: “I’m still hoping I’m going to be running next year and I’m going to be moving heaven and earth to make sure that we do.”

“But that doesn’t mean it will necessarily happen. That is just wishful thinking really.” – Michael added.

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Though Michael Eavis maintained that even if they do have to wait an extra year to return due to the ongoing threat of Covid-19, the Glastonbury Festival will survive despite the financial impact it has taken because of the show being postponed.

When he was asked whether he is worried about the festival’s future, he responded saying that he does ‘not worry at all’. “I am so confident that it will survive.” – Michael said.

Michael went on to say: “The only certainty I think is the year after, 2022. To be perfectly candid, so we might have to wait for two years maybe.”

“But I am still hoping and we are fighting and working at it all the time to make sure it happens next year.” – Michael added.

Michael Eavis even reassured festival-goers that they will ‘bounce back stronger’.

This year was meant to mark the 50th anniversary of the Glastonbury Festival, which was supposed to see the likes of Sir Paul McCartney, Taylor Swift, and more stars perform at Worthy Farm in Somerset, South West England.

As of 2019, the Glastonbury Festival was the largest outdoor music festival in the United Kingdom with an audience size of 210,000. Though it does not seem that other live music will have the same luck of being able to ‘bounce back stronger’.

#LetTheMusicPlay is once again trending on Twitter as the UK live industry supports well over 200 000 jobs, including thousands of different companies and business types. They are asking for help as they need urgent support.

It is said that behind every show are specialist roles in ‘venue operations, promotion, booking, agency, management, production and many other.’ These are the type of jobs that are at serious risk at the current moment.

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The UK live music industry is said to be projected to lose at least 60% of jobs, with the sector being hit hard by there no longer being live music, touring and festivals.

So while big festivals like the Glastonbury Festival are confident they will return by 2022 if not sooner, others may not be able to find their feet again after this pandemic without being funded.

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Jackie
Jackie
3 years ago

Let the music play! The smaller live music needs funding urgently!

Jethro
Jethro
3 years ago

So sad to not have these festivals, this pandemic needs to end…

Rebeccah
Rebeccah
3 years ago

First year missing Glastonbury, going to prepare for 2023 😂

Last edited 3 years ago by Rebeccah
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