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Glastonbury Festival news: We are so sorry to announce this, but Glastonbury 2020 will have to be cancelled…

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Glastonbury Festival news: We are so sorry to announce this, but Glastonbury 2020 will have to be cancelled…

Latest update from Glastonbury Festival

We are so sorry to announce this, but Glastonbury 2020 will have to be cancelled, and this will be an enforced fallow year for the Festival.

Clearly this was not a course of action we hoped to take for our 50th anniversary event, but following the new government measures announced this week – and in times of such unprecedented uncertainty – this is now our only viable option.

We very much hope that the situation in the UK will have improved enormously by the end of June. But even if it has, 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.

We would like to send our sincere apologies to the 135,000 people who have already paid a deposit for a Glastonbury 2020 ticket. The balance payments on those tickets were due at the beginning of April and we wanted to make a firm decision before then.

We understand that it is not always easy to secure a Glastonbury ticket, which is why we would like to offer all those people the chance to roll their £50 deposit over to next year, and guarantee the chance to buy a ticket for Glastonbury 2021. Those who would prefer a refund of that £50 will be able to contact See Tickets in the coming days in order to secure that. This option will remain available until September this year. For those who are happy to roll their deposit over, that will happen automatically. Further details – including details on rolling over coach packages, official accommodation bookings and local Sunday tickets – will be added to our website in the coming days.

The cancellation of this year's Festival will no doubt come as a terrible blow to our incredible crew and volunteers who work so hard to make this event happen. There will also inevitably be severe financial implications as a result of this cancellation – not just for us, but also the Festival's charity partners, suppliers, traders, local landowners and our community.

We were so looking forward to welcoming you all for our 50th anniversary with a line-up full of amazing artists and performers that we were incredibly proud to have booked. Again, we're so sorry that this decision has been made. It was not through choice. But we look forward to welcoming you back to these fields next year and until then, we send our love and support to all of you.

Michael & Emily

Glastonbury Festival (official)


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Last night, buildings, structures & monuments - including the Pyramid Stage - were lit in red to highlight the plight of the UK events industry and urge the government to support the sector.

#LightItInRed #LetTheMusicPlay #WeMakeEvents

(📷 Jason Bryant / 💡Fineline Lighting)
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Last night, buildings, structures & monuments - including the Pyramid Stage - were lit in red to highlight the plight of the UK events industry and urge the government to support the sector. 

#LightItInRed #LetTheMusicPlay #WeMakeEvents 

(📷 Jason Bryant / 💡Fineline Lighting)

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Amazing initiative Steven Gillian Haynes. Well done to you abd the team xx



Looks fantastic, looking forward to next year

Steve Strange Claire Macleod

Well, I’m glad they took a photo otherwise no one would have seen it.

Regardless of what support the Government can give I hope we can all pull together to support the things that matter to us! X

How about every person who went to Glasto in the past and didn’t pay for a ticket, donates a minimum of a tenner: I.e anyone who jumped the fence, used a dodgy wrist band, crawled through a tunnel, OR blagged a freebee from a mate of a mate who works on site... surely that’s several million £ right there?? (Personally I owe Mr Eavis at least fifty quid) 🙄

Lewis Rooke x

The government can't even properly support the NHS, and other vital services. What makes you think they will support the the music and entertainment industary. But they should

Simon Ewings

They did support the NHS by lighting number 10 blue and encouraged a nice clap for them. I’m sure they really felt supported by that

Hope they get some funding ... fingers crossed here ... looking forward ... less than a year away now mind ... be great if some big names did a few gigs / festivals at expenses only or dare I say it free of all fees ... and all the ticket sales money goes to support the events sector as well as the government cash help ...

Allocate 20000 tickets to NHS staff for 2021 👍

Poppy Harris

Amazing how that metal frame can look so stunning

is the stage a permanent structure just wondered when I was watching last weeks concerts x

Michael Eavis for PM ?


Marcus Copsey 😍♥️


If you think that 3,000,000 people apply for glasto tickets so if we all give £33 each to Glastonbury that’s 109,000,000 so we save them.glastos not going anywhere

Dann Martínez

Why not ask some of our millionaire pop stars to donate towards this as well.......

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Goodnight all. Hope you had the best #GlastoAtHome weekend. Thanks to all our areas & stages for their amazing virtual efforts, and to the BBC for doing such a great job with the coverage. #Glastonbury2020

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Goodnight all. Hope you had the best #GlastoAtHome weekend. Thanks to all our areas & stages for their amazing virtual efforts, and to the BBC for doing such a great job with the coverage. #Glastonbury2020 

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Amazing and depressing at the same time ... missing the free hugs and rubbing shoulders xx till next year my fellow Glasto lurvers xx

I'm currently rocking out to biffy Clyro on bbc I player 🙂

Watching that Bowie set in full for the first ever time is undoubtedly the highlight of 2020. It's been a year full of misery but that was a sign of hope that there are better days to come. 👍

Brilliant showing of numerous acts. Thank you BBC 2 and I-Player for such great coverage.

Thank you BBC best thing we've seen in lockdown loved it.

Great to watch the Legendary Bowie in full again. One of the best Free weekends. Thanks for the hole in the fence🙏👍

At least I didn't have to go through that sudden Sunday evening realisation that hits me every time I've been when I remember that life outside the super fence still exists and I can't actually live in Glasto world forever.

It’s been great. Bringing back some amazing memories. Round of applause for Michael and Emily Evis and ofcourse the BBC for bringing home what is the best festival on earth.

Loved it a lot. Thank you BBC for reminding us of how important live music is and also the BBC.

Beyonce. Cold play. Adele Chic featuring Nile Rogers Bowie. Among the very best performance put on by the BBC... Seeing David Bowies performance for the first time was incredible both band and artist were amazing to watch and listen to.

Was fantastic, reliving some cherished memories, cant wait to get back down the farm and create some more 🤞fingers crossed I somehow get tickets for next year..!

Brilliant by the bbc,my family was meant to be there this year but a great effort by the bbc to keep us entertained

Thanks to the BBC for the memories. Especially 2016 when Adale played. Really good set.

A fabulous weekend of music. Beyoncé was phenomenal, Adele fabulous. Also enjoyed watching ELO, Kylie, David Bowie, highlights of the Boss and the legends programme. Also been watching various clips on YouTube including Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney and the Wombles!!

It was amazing reminiscing with you this weekend, we can't wait to be with you again next year 🙌

It's been amazing, especially watching David Bowie. Thank you Michael and Emily and the BBC. 🌟

Next best thing to being there, which is of course being there!! Just watching Ed owning the stage again at my first one in 2017! Thank you it’s been emotional!! ☺️💖🌻xx

Some fantastic memories of the most epic festival known to man. I love you guys and thank you x

Thank you so much for this very special Glastonbury at Home weekend. This is my most favourite weekend of the year, and this year was no different. It was great to see so many great sets again from years gone by. Thank you to the Eavis family, the Beeb, and to all those great performers and performances, and for being able to see the whole David Bowie set from 2000. As always, just the very best festival on the world...even when it's a virtual festival. Xxxxx

Joe Rush interview was really special I thought. Thanks Glasto, Beeb and all the crew that made it happen. Here's to next year ♥️👏

Thank you for the music.🙏 Especially the full Bowie set and some other classic sets that I was at but have never seen. The set I want to see the most? Jeff Buckley on the NME.

Loved watching David Bowie again! A true musical icon! Superb! 🤩🤩

I've sung my heart out, danced, laughed, cried and taken photos from my TV screen! Loved it all, thankyou <3

I don’t thank BBC much these days, but in the absence of the actual festival this year #GlastoAtHome was a real treat! Thanks to all, it made for a lovely weekend and I’ll continue watching performances for as long as they remain available on iPlayer. I suggest...don’t delete them until next year!!

It was great, thank you to the BBC. Still got a couple of things left to watch, Amy and Ed. My other half said he still felt that proper 'after feeling' last night when it finshed!

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Our 'Hope Shines Brightest' #Glastonbury2020 merchandise is still available from our web shop for a limited time, with all profits to Oxfam, Greenpeace UK and WaterAid UK. ➡️ glas.to/shop
Big thanks to everyone who's already bought something!
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Our Hope Shines Brightest #Glastonbury2020 merchandise is still available from our web shop for a limited time, with all profits to Oxfam, Greenpeace UK and WaterAid UK. ➡️ https://glas.to/shop
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I wish the teatowel design was on a t-shirt!

Ordered.... Glasto & my 50th this year!! ❤️

Owen Setter xx

I ordered mine in good faith early June with tote bag and tea towel ready for this weekend, due to arrive 22/23, receive an email on 23rd saying that won’t be here until next week - after Glastonbury weekend! Poor show!!!!

would love the tote bag but seems their sold out, got anymore coming soon Glastonbury?

Still waiting for mine - ordered on 3rd June!

Love my t shirt!! Thank you 😊

Any idea when they’ll be dispatched? I ordered a Tshirt & a tote bag on 3rd June & later ordered a Tshirt for my son too. His arrived 2 weeks ago but still waiting for mine?

Got my 1997 Glastonbury t.shirt at the sight.. might need a new one in a few years. Watcha got ..?

Gabbie Walter

Are you getting more of the Mind The Longdrop posters in stock?

My T-shirt’s arrived for myself and 2 grandkids. Love them Thankyou.

Sarah Munchkin-Marie Dyson

Got mine it's lovely

Wearing mine right now, love it

Jacky Elliott

Colin Morris

I'm saving mine in the 'hope ' I can wear it next year at Glastonbury

Wow it seems it takes a month for delivery and I paid £9.95 for postage don’t understand the logic .

Love my shirt! Greetings from Germany 🌸

Ordered well in advance but sadly nothing has arrived. Had an email saying it had been delayed, not much use now. Really disappointed especially when lots of others had theirs all ok 🙁

Has anyone managed to buy a frame that fits the ‘Hope Shines Brightest’ poster? Can’t seem to find the right size frame anywhere, not even IKEA can save me now!

I’ve still not received mine even though I had an email saying it was dispatched last Thursday. Was starting to worry I’d been had by a Facebook scam so cane back to this page to see if others were having the same problem.

Ordered 12th June. Email saying despatched via Royal Mail 26th June...nothing arrived yet...anyone else had same problem?

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Check out Joe Rush, Debs Armstrong & director Julien Temple in this special Q&A about the "Glastonbury After Hours" film. ... See MoreSee Less

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Marc Ellis Katie Simpson this takes you to a load of great interviews with some of your mates


Patrick Hoban this is what I was one about

Trev Hammond 🙌

Love this

Lily Kneen

Gráinne Ní Chleirigh

Much more interesting than the wall-to-wall coverage of Beyonce, Adele, Coldplay

Shaun Grose

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Funny how the BBC didn't have Rolf Harris on there, just burying their sytemic child abuse as if it never happened

Neil diamond was truely amazing but for me its brian Wilson.. wonderful wonderful memories of that set 🙂

Kylie and Dolly mimed their way through ....

It's gotta be for me the Foo Fighters. You get true value with their circa 4 hr performances!

I remember seeing James Brown in 2004, amazing but wish I’d seen Brian Wilson performance in 2005, that looks brilliant

Patti Smith was amazing. The gig b4 Lionel n much better

Was this moment...when I wanted to sit in a puddle of mud to watch the magic numbers, as with being short I was sick of not seeing the stage!! But ended up missing it as so many people wanted to take our picture! Glastonbury 2007 was amazing xx

Johnny Cash , no doubt about it , been lucky enough to have seen them all , think it was his set that started the whole Sunday legend slot thing , X 🌞🌈 🎸🍷🍷🍷

Ray Davies and the Crouch End Choir 2010.

I'm beggining to wonder how much Influence the BBC is having over Glastonbury

As a Canadian who has lived in the UK before I'm kind of surprised to see Dolly, WIlly and Kenny Rogers there. Country music isn't that big there so I'm surprised people know who they are.

Bowie , James Brown , the Verve , Chemical Brothers ,

English festival yank artists? Disappointing !! Don’t we have any English artists appear?

lots of these pop stars will not preform again due to lack of adrenochrome

How by all that is holy is Johnny Cash not on that film

The ones I enjoyed the most would have to be either Lionel Richie or James Brown !

ELO, Tom Jones, Lionel, Shirley and Neil Diamond

Ray Davies. One of the many times I’ve cried at Glastonbury. I’ve just almost cried again watching him on tv.

You missed Tony Bennett from 98 - brilliant legend slot performance

Lionel Richie was amazing!! I was there...lost in the crowd dancing my feet off, trying not to spill my cider! Happy Days!💖😊😍🍺⛺🎶 2016

He is. Loving the highlights on BBC tonight. Just missing a few faves

Lionel Richie, Ray Davies, Shirly Bassey, Neil Diamond & Tony Bennett were all class

I feel as if I have gone back 50 years

I'm torn between Dolly and Joe Strummers last set!

Coldplay, Ed shearan, Adele , they all rocked it for me 🎉

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40 Responses

  1. Beci Jayne says:

    Great decision. Let’s all stick together and make 2021 the best one ever. Stay safe everyone 🙌🏻

  2. Katie Haley says:

    Thank you for letting us carry over our tickets to next year! Roll on 2021 🙌🏻😍

  3. John Davies says:

    Such sad news, I’m gutted! but absolutely the right decision given the crisis we’re facing at the moment. Thank you for allowing us to roll tickets over to 2021. Stay safe everyone, and see you all on the farm next year xxx

  4. Steve Lutwyche says:

    Sad but totally understandable. The ticket rollover option really appreciated, thank you.

  5. Jacqueline Hockley says:

    Absolutely the right decision which I’m sure has not been taken lightly. Stay safe and well peeps and see you next year xxx

  6. Joelyne Evans says:

    Please please please ask the BBC, to upload all last years concerts onto BBC iplayer again and on the same dates planned for 2020, so we can relive that magical festival once more.

  7. Lisa M-Gee says:

    So sad, but completely understand and completely beyond everyone’s control. Thank you for guaranteeing tickets for next year. Look after yourself at the farm 💕

  8. Rachel Sweet says:

    Absolutely the right decision. Thank you and well done to the whole team! Will most definitely be there 2021! Something to look forward to, in the meantime music will keep us all sane ❤️

  9. Paul Hayhurst says:

    We knew this was coming, we knew you had no choice but it’s still so sad. Thanks for the fantastic decision to allow deposits to be carried over. Hope the entire festival family and crew stay safe and we will see you in 2021 x

  10. David Marsh says:

    Absolutely devastated but the rationale and intention is right, you have done the responsible thing. Thank you so much for allowing is to roll over the deposit for 2021

  11. Grace Edwards says:

    I’m heartbroken. I’ve worked 6 years and finally got tickets this year. But I can also see that this was absolutely the right decision. Glastonbury is the best place on earth and everyone that’s been knows that. You have to protect it, and the people that work and attend there. Thanks for doing what you do, we’ll see you in the field in 2021 :'(

  12. Rob Gillham says:

    Totally the correct decision given the uncertainty of everything and the huge amount of work and people that are required to put on the worlds best festival. Am glad we can defer to 2021 and will make it an even bigger 50th party. Thoughts are with the Evis family, all at Worthy Farm and everyone involved. See you in 2021

  13. Attila Szabó says:

    So sorry for everyone involved! Must have been an incredibly tough decision to make

  14. Gillian McConnell says:

    Sorry for all involved but you have made the right decision. Sending love & light and wishes for good health to all xx

  15. Annette Curtis says:

    So sorry to be reading this but not surprised. You have totally done the right thing. Looking forward to 2021, and wishing you all the luck in the world. Stay safe. xx

  16. Vicki Wickens says:

    Thanks Glastonbury Festival (official) for letting us keep our tickets for 2021. Given the mission to get them, this is much appreciated. Thoughts are with all the crew and event staff who are impacted by this decision. Roll on 2021 when all this madness has passed!

  17. Jemma Jane says:

    Tough decision but the right decision and thank you for honouring those that have deposits down already x

  18. Chelsea Stanford says:

    Completely understand and appreciate your decision! ♥️☺️ A decision that wasn’t made lightly I imagine, but the best decision!…THANK YOU SO MUCH for honouring us with guaranteed tickets for next year!! You are amazing and I couldn’t be happier!!!!!! Roll on 2021 ♥️😃♥️

  19. Angel Sam Pattison-O'Brien says:

    Good decision and it will still be the 50th festival next year! Yes we will miss working with the green crafts village and yes we will miss all our festival family.. but let’s enjoy looking forward to the future rather than take risks in the present xxx

  20. Jodie Wood says:

    Such sad times, but the right decision at the end of the day 😢😢 thank you for guaranteeing tickets for next year, sending a lot of love to those who may suffer financially xxx roll on 2021 ❤️ bigger & boozier xx

  21. Shaun Robinson says:

    I’m sure you left this hugely difficult decision as late as you possibly could but with the huge logistical task of putting the festival together it is sadly the only option available. And I’ve just heard that next year is going to be the best one yet!🙂 love the farm!❤️

  22. Kay Baisden says:

    Thank you for your continued hard work and I am sure that this decision did not come easy . Thinking of all the local and well know charities that will struggle this year with the cancellation of lots of funding events . Everyone keep supporting charities they need you more than ever .

  23. Ben Pearson says:

    Totally the right decision, I’d expect nothing less from the best festival in the world. Deciding to let tickets roll over has helped this situation massively. Thank you Glastonbury!

  24. Debbie Davies says:

    Thank you for all you do, GUTTED beyond belief but totally understand. Thank you also for letting us carry our tickets over to next year, that is a lot of pressure off going through the ticket process again. Sending you all lots of luv and hugs xxx

  25. Paula King says:

    So grateful for your mammoth efforts and for allowing our tickets to be rolled over ❤️xx

  26. Caroline Hart says:

    THANK YOU SO SO MUCH for honouring us the chance to come next year-we cannot believe how much work and worry this must have involved…….Glasto is such an important part of our lives and we so look forward to 2021 X

  27. Laura Manning says:

    Tough tough decision to make, absolutely gutted we won’t be down at worthy farm this year. But I am more gutted for all the people that will be financially affected by the defer of the festival this year!
    FIFTEEN months to make 2021 even better! Every cloud!
    Stay safe everyone ❤️❤️

  28. Dawn Tolmie says:

    I really hope people are in a position to roll their expenses over to next year. The impact this has and will have in this industry is massive. Supporting events will help continue the longevity in the future. ❤️

  29. Claire Deakins says:

    Tough call but the right one. Thank you for honouring the tickets for next year. That means so much and we look forward to seeing the fields next year😘

  30. Carrie Chambers says:

    Thank you so much for honouring tickets for next year.. This year was the only time I’ve managed to get tickets, and will be there next year for sure ❤️❤️

  31. Adam Jenkinson Graham says:

    You could use that year to work on the lineup

  32. Sarah King says:

    Well done for the ticketing options for the next event. It seems silly to risk the health of everyone who builds the festival site. Perhaps there’s something in place to help out the workers who rely on events like Glastonbury to pay their bills? Is there anything us – the punters – and you, the organisers, can do to help the thousands of self employed who will struggle to make ends meet now?

  33. Katie Johns says:

    Thank you thank you thank you, for letting us carry over the deposit 🙏🏻
    Such a hard decision but the right one in the circumstances. Well done Michael, Emily and all the wider staff/volunteers involved in making the festival happen each year 👏🏻👏🏻

  34. Denise Jones says:

    Thank you Emily and Michael. We are all saddened but we respect your choice. Also thank you so much for honouring our tickets this has made the cancellation of the festival 100% more bearable thank you. See you next year ❤

  35. Jeanette N Alan Duffield says:

    As sad as it is! A difficult but very responsible decision to be made! For those that have tickets! It’s not cancelled it is postponed! Your still going to glasto! But in 2021! It’s guaranteed!!! No nail biting stress no panic on an October Sunday morning trying to get tickets! You can all sit back! Now! Relax stay well and look forward to GLASTO 2021 🥳

  36. Donna Alexis Anthony says:

    Devastated for all – staff, artists, fellow Glasto goers, the Eavis’, the cows and the hospitality industry in general. It’s the best decision during these sad times. But so thankful that you decided to let us roll our tickets over to next year! Thank you!!! Can’t wait for 2021!! 🤸‍♀️x

  37. Milly Molly Moo says:

    My thoughts are with all the paid workers at Glasto. I hope you all manage to find other ventures this summer to keep the money rolling in for you. Stay safe and healthy. Big love. ♥️

  38. Alison Rickard says:

    Completely understand you making this decision, thank you so much for honouring tickets for next year. Sending best wishes to all involved in this amazing festival. Looking forward to 2021 ❤️

  39. Andrew John Allman says:

    Thanks for taking decision early and honouring tickets for next year. I look forward to Glastonbury 2021

  40. Chris Hession says:

    Gutted it’s had to be cancelled – but the fact we can’t go to it this year is insignificant compared to the issues some people are facing right now. But thank you Glastonbury for being fair and allowing us with tickets to roll them over to next year.

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