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Glastonbury Festival 2021 Cancelled

Fallow and Furloughed…The big one gets away.

The Eavis family run festival of performing arts is to have another year off due to the Covid -19 pandemic.

Michael and Emily Eavis announced on Thursday 21 January 2021 that “it is with great regret we must announce that this year’s Glastonbury Festival will not take place.“

They have hung on for as long as they possibly could in the hope of changes; they have moved heaven and earth to try and overcome all the obstacles, but it is now clear the event cannot go ahead.  Just like many other festivals they have offered to transfer the £50 deposits that people have paid for a chance to buy a ticket over to next year when they are confident they can “deliver something very special for us all in 2022.”

Many prominent figures in the festivals industry have publish their sadness but understanding.

AFO can only add to those but remind everyone that there are 975 music festivals and 1000’s of other styles in the UK.

When an event the size and prominence as Glasto has to take an enforced fallow year it does hurt us all, but they are just unfortunate that the massive amount of work that the Glasto team does to stage the world-famous festival takes a whole year and the way the pandemic is going there is no guarantee it will all be over by their mid-June dates.

That goes for all our AFO member festivals that have dates in April, May and June.  Some have already cancelled again, and others have moved into September so if you are planning yours in the normal way in the early season, do keep a very close eye on how this nightmare is running out.

It ain’t done with us yet!

Also, if you do move your event into new dates in September then please do have a thought for the festivals that are normally on those dates.  A crowded diary in the Autumn will cause a different kind of difficulty, not least with the supply of equipment, security (already a problem), staffing and artists.

Sad as it is to see the big one take another rest, it is not a row of dominoes, the whole festival scene does not need to collapse and I am quite sure that Michael and Emily would be the first to wish you good luck in staging yours whether it be a village fete or the biggest music festival in your county.

AFO is here to keep you up to date on how we are getting out of this mess and help you to a better future for our industry.  

Good Luck All.

Association of Festival Organisers (AFO): 21st Jan 2021 15:30:00

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