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Glastonbury 2020 is officially cancelled

The bad news keeps rolling in! England’s most famous music festival is yet another cultural event disrupted by the coronavirus.

Whilst only a few weeks ago we were shrugging off Covid-19 as “just a bad flu” here we are, self-isolating in flats we share with four strangers off Gumtree until who knows when. Whilst many of us will be daydreaming of the summer months and the freedom of festival season to help get us through, recent news suggests that this might be off the table.

Namely, news broke this morning (18 March) that Glastonbury, scheduled to take place from 24 to 28 June, has been called off due to coronavirus concerns. Speaking of the decision, organisers described it as the “only viable option” in this period of “unprecedented uncertainty”. This iteration of the festival was due to mark Glastonbury’s fiftieth anniversary, with Taylor Swift and Kendrick Lamar amongst the headline acts. 

Alarm over coronavirus has already led to the cancellation of the Met Gala, Chanel’s Cruise show and countless live music and nightlife events. If Glastonbury’s postponement is any indication, the virus might also hit the UK’s festival season, suggesting that this time of quarantine and self isolation may continue into summer months. 

Read Glastonbury Festival’s statement announcing the cancellation below.

18 March 2020