Glastonbury's 50th year has been cancelled due to the coronavirus.
As the UK prepares to up its protection against CVID-19, Glastonbury 2020 has become the first major music festival in the UK to be cancelled due to public safety.
135,000 people have already paid a £50 deposit for a spot at the festival, which organisers Michael and Emily say they will roll over to next year, if music lovers would not prefer their money back.
In a statement, the organisers said: "We were so looking forward to welcoming you all for our 50th anniversary with a lineup full of fantastic artists and performers that we were incredibly proud to have booked. Again, we’re so sorry that this decision has been made. It was not through choice."
Here's the full statement.
We are so sorry to announce this, but we are going to have to cancel Glastonbury 2020. Tickets for this year will roll over to next year. Full statement below and on our website. Michael & Emily pic.twitter.com/ox8kcQ0HoB
— Glastonbury Festival (@glastonbury) March 18, 2020
The line-up of Glastonbury 2020 was only announced a mere five days ago.
Among the music acts that were set to take to the stage were Taylor Swift, Paul McCartney, Diana Ross, Kendrick Lamar, Anderson .Paak, Banks, Dua Lipa, Goldfrapp, Fatboy Slim, and Pet Shop Boys.
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#repost @emily_eavis: So, after much consideration given the current circumstances, and with the best of intentions, here is the first list of musical acts for Glastonbury 2020. As things stand we are still working hard to deliver our 50th anniversary Festival in June and we are very proud of the bill that we have put together over the last year or so. No one has a crystal ball to see exactly where we will all be 15 weeks from now, but we are keeping our fingers firmly crossed that it will be here at Worthy Farm for the greatest show on Earth! As always this is just a taste of what is to come, we plan to announce many more artists and attractions, area by area, over the coming weeks leading up to the full line-up in May. In the meantime we post this with much love to all. (There’s also a non-circular version of the line-up - and full text list - on our website now) #glastonbury #glastonbury2020