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Glastonbury 2021 has officially been cancelled

‘In spite of our efforts to move heaven and earth, it has become clear that we simply will not be able to make the festival happen this year’

The news we’ve all been dreading has arrived: Glastonbury 2021 has officially been cancelled.

Organisers Michael and Emily Eavis announced the news in a joint statement today (January 21). It reads: “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. In spite of our efforts to move heaven and 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.”

Those who bought tickets for the 2020 festival – also cancelled due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic – had their deposits rolled over to this year’s event, and have now been given the opportunity to roll them over again for the 2022 festival. “We are very appreciative of the faith and trust placed in us by those of you with deposits,” Michael and Emily continued, “and we are very confident we can deliver something really special for us all in 2022.”

The news of Glastonbury 2021’s cancellation comes after months of speculation by fans, celebrities, and the organisers themselves about whether the event would be able to go ahead. At one point, Michael raised hopes by suggesting that the festival could happen with mass coronavirus testing, while Glastonbury’s lawyer asserted in October that the 2021 event would definitely take place

Earlier this month, former Spice Girl Mel B prematurely announced that the festival had been cancelled, but was quickly corrected by Emily, who said: “There’s no news this end yet, we haven’t cancelled.” Now, it appears the singer has been vindicated.

It’s unknown yet whether another ‘celebration of Glastonbury’ will be televised this year, as it was last year when the 50th anniversary event was cancelled. Headliners for the 2021 event hadn’t yet been announced, but Kendrick Lamar, Paul McCartney, and Taylor Swift were slated for the 2020 festival.

Look back at Glastonbury’s most iconic moments here.