Glastonbury to return for one-day festival in September with 50,000 fans

Glastonbury is set to return for a one-day festival at Worthy Farm in September after the licence was approved.

Mendip District Council approved the licence application by Glastonbury Festival Events Limited on the condition that the event would have to be Covid safe, and festival goers will not be able to camp overnight.

It is also set to have a capacity of 50,000 people including performers and on-site staff.

This will be welcome news for fans of the festival who might have been disappointed that it was cancelled in its original form for the second year in a row due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Organisers Emily and Michael Eavis said in a statement at the time: ‘With great regret, we must announce that this year’s Glastonbury Festival will not take place, and that this will be another enforced fallow year for us.

‘In spite of our efforts to move Heaven & Earth, it has become clear that we simply will not be able to make the Festival happen this year. We are so sorry to let you all down.

‘As with last year, we would like to offer all those who secured a ticket in October 2019 the opportunity to roll their £50 deposit over to next year, and guarantee the chance to buy a ticket for Glastonbury 2022. We are very appreciative of the faith and trust placed in us by those of you with deposits, and we are very confident we can deliver something really special for us all in 2022!

‘We thank you for your incredible continued support and let’s look forward to better times ahead.’

Emily Eavis explained the event was a long way away from being a cert for 2021.

She told the BBC: ‘Obviously the vaccine news in recent weeks has increased our chances, but I think we’re still quite a long way from being able to say we’re confident 2021 will go ahead.

‘We’re doing everything we can on our end to plan and prepare, but there are still just so many unknowns and factors which are completely out of our control.

‘What we definitely can’t afford to risk is getting too far into the process of next year, only for it to be snatched away from us again. We lost millions this year, and we can’t risk that happening again.’

However Glastonbury will be moving online for 2021 in the form of a ticketed global live streamed event, Worthy Farm Live.

Coldplay, Damon Albarn, Haim, Idles and Michael Kiwanuka are among the acts confirmed to perform across five hours in one continuous live stream that will be held in iconic parts of Worthy Farm.

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