The 50th anniversary edition of the festival was postponed amid coronavirus concerns
In a statement yesterday, Glastonbury’s Michael and Emily Eavis announced that the 50th anniversary edition of the festival would be postponed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
“This is now our only viable option,” they wrote. “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.”
The BBC usually offer extensive coverage of the festival, and although the festival is cancelled this year, they will still broadcast a ‘celebration of Glastonbury’ in its place.
“We, along with the Eavis family, are saddened that understandably, the Glastonbury Festival can’t take place,” Lorna Clarke, controller of pop music at the BBC, says in a statement. “We are already looking forward to next year’s festival at Worthy Farm and will now look at providing our audiences with a celebration of Glastonbury in June.”
Check out the BBC statement below, and if you need to relive the festival, check out Dazed’s guide to some of Glastonbury’s most iconic moments.