The Glastonbury Festival, which typically attracts tens of thousands of spectators, is canceled for the second year in a row due to the coronavirus pandemic, organizers said Thursday.
“Despite our efforts to move heaven and earth, the festival cannot be held this year,” lament Michael and Emily Eavis in a statement on the festival’s Twitter account.
Held in fields in the southwest of England, the festival usually welcomes over 200,000 people at the end of June.
Like last year, spectators who had paid a deposit will be offered to postpone it for the next edition, the organizers promising something “very special” for 2022.
Hardest-hit country in Europe with more than 93,000 dead the UK has seen its £ 5.8bn (€ 6.4bn) music industry brought to the ground by bans on large gatherings and successive confinements.
In a report earlier this month, the industry body UK Music noted that after a 2020 season “swept away” by the virus due to the cancellation of all festivals, there is “a real threat that the big most of the 2021 season ”suffers the same fate.
Before a parliamentary committee on January 5, festival organizers and representatives of the multibillion-pound industry stressed that it was crucial to have guarantees and a clear timetable from the government for events to take place. hold in 2021.