Glastonbury to return next year (but you can’t buy a ticket)


There are ‘no plans’ to move Glastonbury from its traditional weekend in June next year, organisers say.

Founder Michael Eavis has previously said it was “wishful thinking” it could happen then, and that the only “certainty” for the iconic music festival was 2022, because of COVID-19 restrictions.

The festival was cancelled this year because of the virus.

But on Sunday, his daughter and co-organiser, Emily Eavis, said she is expecting it to take place next summer and not be pushed back to the autumn.

Fireworks mark the end of the Foo Fighters performance at the Glastonbury Festival site at Worthy Farm in Pilton on June 24, 2017
Fireworks mark the end of the Foo Fighters’ performance in 2017

In a Tweet, she wrote: “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.”

However, next year’s event at Worthy Farm in Somerset is already sold out, with organisers honouring tickets bought for this year.

Ms Eavis continued: “Also, we’ve moved our ticket resale back from October to April, because so few people have asked for a refund, meaning we don’t have enough tickets to resell.

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Michael Eavis and Emily Eavis attend The NME Awards 2020 at the O2 Academy Brixton on February 12, 2020 in London
Founder Michael Eavis and co-organiser and daughter, Emily Eavis. File pic

“Plus, we’ve extended the free cancellation deadline until the end of January.”

No announcement has been made about who might be playing next year’s festival.

Headliners Sir Paul McCartney, Taylor Swift and Kendrick Lamar, plus hundreds of other acts, were due to play at this year’s 50th anniversary celebrations in June before the festival was called off due to COVID-19.

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