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Glastonbury fans fear festival is ‘cancelled’ next year after message to staff

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Music festival fans are set for another year of disappointment as 2021's Glastonbury Festival is to be cancelled, according to reports.

Bosses of the event have told their booking teams to stand down – which is thought to be the clearest sign yet, according to Simon Boyle at The Sun.

This year Kendrick Lamar, Sir Paul McCartney and Taylor Swift were booked to headline in June but couldn't perform due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Once again the artists will face disappointment, a Glasto source told the paper: “The bookers have been told they’re not needed for the summer.

"It’s effectively postponing the festival for a second year running, which is absolutely gutting.”

The source added: “They think the first festival of next year will be Reading, which is in August, and even that’s unlikely.”

Earlier this week the uncertainty around next year's festival was brought to light.

Glasto co-organiser Emily Eavis said: “The best solution would be for the Government to offer direct financial support in the event of Glastonbury, and other events, being forced to cancel once they’re well into the preparations.”

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Festival bosses expressed concern over going bankrupt in June, when co-organiser Michael Eavis said: “We have to run next year, otherwise we would seriously go bankrupt. It has to happen for us, we have to carry on. Otherwise it will be curtains.”

In August, the 84-year-old said he and his team will be "moving heaven and Earth to make sure that we do" happen in 2021.

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Speaking to ITV News West Country, Eavis said running Glastonbury Festival in 2021 could be "wishful thinking".

He told them: "500 people is ok, isn't it? But my job, 250,000 altogether is too many people I suppose really.

"I'm still hoping I'm going to be running next year and I'm going to be moving heaven and earth to make sure that we do.

  • Glastonbury Festival
  • Coronavirus

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