Glastonbury still on track for June 2021 as ticket resale is pushed back
Glastonbury is still on track for June 2021, amid rumours the iconic festival could be pushed back further.
The festival was forced to cancel its 50th anniversary event this summer due to the coronavirus pandemic, ending revellers’ plans to dance at Worthy Farm to headline sets form Taylor Swift, Kendrick Lamar and Sir Paul McCartney.
However, organiser Emily Eavis has assured fans that the festival is not yet being pushed back to September 2021, and also shared that the majority of 2020 ticket-holders have chosen not to avail of refunds.
Eavis tweeted: ‘For those who have been asking, we have no plans to move next year’s Glastonbury to September 2021 – we’re still very much aiming for June.
‘Also, we’ve moved our ticket resale back from October to April, because so few people have asked for a refund (next year’s Festival remains sold out), meaning we don’t have enough tickets to resell. Plus, we’ve extended the free cancellation deadline until the end of January.’
Fans celebrated the update, and praised the festival for extending the cancellation deadline.
Emily had previously promised that the potential 2021 festival would essentially be two festivals rolled into one, telling BBC Radio 6 Music: ‘We’ve got a hell of a lot of surprises and things that we were planning for the 50th (anniversary) and we’re going to try to get those things going for next year.
‘Logistically it’s a little bit complicated because we’d already pencilled in many of the acts for 2021. It was one of those very unusual years where you’re quite far ahead, two years ahead, on the line-up. So we’re trying to work out how much we can fit into next year.’
While Eavis is looking forward to June 2020, her father Michael previously said that a 2021 festival was ‘wishful thinking’.
Speaking to ITV News West Country, he said: ‘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 run next year. We’re moving heaven and earth to make sure that we do, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going to happen, that’s just wishful thinking,
However, he assured festival lovers that Glastonbury would weather the storm, saying he is ‘so confident’ that the legendary festival will survive.
Eavis added: ‘The only certainty I think is the year after, 2022. To be perfectly candid, so we might have to wait for two years maybe.
‘But I am still hoping and we are fighting and working at it all the time to make sure it happens next year.’
Glastonbury had already taken 2018 off as a fallow year to help the ground at Worthy Farm recover.
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