Glastonbury festival organisers have reassured fans that the festival is ‘not cancelled yet’ after reports that it will not go ahead next year.
The festival’s 50th anniversary celebrations, which was set to feature headliners Sir Paul McCartney, Taylor Swift and Kendrick Lamar, was cancelled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Founder Michael Eavis and his daughter Emily have said they aim to have the much-loved festival back in June 2021.
However, reports last week indicated that the festival has stood down its team of bookers who programme its some 80 stages, effectively halting work on the 2021 edition.
Emily Eavis has now dismissed the speculation, saying that Glastonbury 2021 is ‘not cancelled yet’.
On Twitter, one Glastonbury fan wrote: “I will only believe that @Glastonbury is cancelled next year if @emilyeavis rings me personally to tell me.”
In response, Emily tweeted: “Not cancelled yet!”, followed by another which said: “Appreciate lots of rumours are flying around online and in the press, but there’s no change to what I said in the BBC interview last week.
“We’ll let you know through official channels as soon as we have an update (which won’t be until the new year).”
Emily had previously told the BBC: “We’re doing everything we can on our end to plan and prepare but I think we’re still quite a long way from being able to say we’re confident 2021 will go ahead.”
She said Glastonbury lost ‘millions’ in 2020 but that it would avoid bankruptcy ‘as long as we can make a firm call either way in advance’.
The Worthy Farm festival remains sold out as so few people have asked for a refund from this year.
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The news comes shortly after headliner Sir Paul expressed doubts over whether Glastonbury 2021 could go ahead, despite the roll-out of coronavirus vaccinations across the UK.
He told BBC Radio 4: “This is the problem, the thing we do is we get 100,000 people closely packed together with flags and no masks. Talk about a superspreader.
“I’d love it to be in my diary but I have a feeling it’s not going to be.”