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Glastonbury 2020 canceled due to Coronavirus

“Clearly this was not a course of action we hoped to take for our 50th anniversary event,” said organizers on Wednesday.

March 18, 2020
Glastonbury 2020 canceled due to Coronavirus Rick Kern/Getty

Glastonbury, Britain's biggest music festival, will not take place as planned this summer due to the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak. The decision was announced on Wednesday ahead of the June event, which was to be headlined by Taylor Swift, Kendrick Lamar, and Paul McCartney.

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“Clearly this was not a course of action we hoped to take for our 50th anniversary event,” organizers Michael and Emily Eavis wrote in a statement, “but following the new government measures announced this week—and in times of such unprecedented uncertainty—this is now our only viable option.”

Ticketholders for the 2020 event have the option to carry them over into 2021, or seek an immediate refund. The festival line-up was announced last week, bucking the trend of most major events during the Covid-19 crisis. Other acts due to perform at this summer's festival included Dua Lipa, Diana Ross, Lana Del Rey, Kacey Musgraves, Pet Shop Boys, and Robyn.

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Glastonbury 2020 canceled due to Coronavirus