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Glastonbury 2021 is still going ahead, says the festival’s lawyer

The 50th anniversary of the world’s biggest festival is scheduled in for next June, with the acts from 2020 rebooked

Glastonbury 2020 was set to be the biggest yet, with the world’s largest performing arts festival due to celebrate its 50th year. COVID-19 put a stop to that, and as the pandemic continues to alter every facet of our lives, there’s been increased speculation that festivals won’t be able to return in 2021 either.

However, the festival’s lawyer Ben Challis is adamant that the show will go on, and work on Worthy Farm will begin next March. “For 2021 we will have to start building in March, or the end of March because its a big festival and it takes a lot to build, and no one wants to do a ‘light Glastonbury’,” he told the Behind The Noise Podcast. “The plan would be to rebook the 2020 bill, it will move everything, including our 50th-anniversary celebration to 2021”. The event was set to be headlined by Kendrick Lamar, Paul McCartney, and Taylor Swift, with Diana Ross playing the Sunday Legends teatime slot.

Challis also said that barely anyone had requested a refund, instead preferring to keep their ticket for whenever Glastonbury was able to return. Michael Eavis also recently said that huge testing facilities could be put in place at next year’s event, in order to prevent transmission and protect attendees. Pack your stove, your tent, your hazmat suit – Glasto’s back baby.