It perhaps didn’t come as a shock yesterday when owners of the UK’s biggest festival Glastonbury, announced that this years event would be cancelled.
Following news of new Covid strains floating around UK shores and uncertainty as to when the current lockdown will end, it seemed, with regret, the best thing to do in the interest of safety for everyone.
Furthermore, once the lockdown is over, we are unclear on how the UK will move forward and with what restrictions. If festival goers had to abide by restrictions such as social distancing, frequent hand-washing and most importantly No Singing along to a band’s best hits! Not only would it be a huge headache for organizers to set up and maintain but it would take all of the enjoyment out of being at a festival.
…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.Michael & Emily Eavis
In a statement released by Micheal and Emily Eavis, they expressed their deep regret in having to cancel the festival for the second year running.
…It is absolutely critical that the Government look at more financial support for the music industry and those who work in it as a matter of urgency…Jamie Njoku-Goodwin – UK Music chief exec
UK Music chief executive Jamie Njoku-Goodwin called on the Government to urgently support the Live Music sector. “This cancellation is devastating for all of us on both on a personal and professional level. It will have a serious impact on thousands of jobs right across the country and many jobs in the supply chains for Glastonbury. There is now a huge cloud of uncertainty hanging over the whole summer festival and live music season with the entire industry left in limbo and thousands more jobs in jeopardy.
It is absolutely critical that the Government look at more financial support for the music industry and those who work in it as a matter of urgency. Without more Government help, there is a real risk that some of our world-leading music scene will disappear forever.”
It remains yet to see if other festivals will follow suit with Reading and Leeds (August) yet to release a statement and Wireless (July), the only festival so far to confirm they are still planning on going ahead is Isle of Wight (June).