Glastonbury postponed to 2021 amid coronavirus outbreak

Glastonbury postponed to 2021 amid coronavirus outbreak

Glastonbury festival has been postponed until 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic, organisers have said.

The music festival, due to celebrate its 50th anniversary this year, is among a long list of high-profile events pushed back or cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Michael and Emily Eavis, the event's organisers, confirmed that tickets for this year would roll over into 2021.

A post on Twitter announced the news, saying: "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."

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Stormzy performing on the Pyramid Stage during the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm in Pilton, Somerset.
Kylie Minogue performing on the Pyramid Stage on the fifth day of the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm in Somerset.
Kylie Minogue performing on the Pyramid Stage on the fifth day of the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm in Somerset.
Kylie Minogue with guest Nick Cave performing on the Pyramid Stage on the fifth day of the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm in Somerset.
Isaac Holman of Slaves performing on the fifth day of the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm in Somerset.
Festival goers watch Slaves performing on The Other Stage on the fifth day of the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm in Somerset.
Festival goers watch Mavis Staples on the fifth day of the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm in Somerset.
Liam Gallagher performs live on the Pyramid Stage on day 4 of Glastonbury 2019, Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset. Picture date: Saturday 29th June 2019. Photo credit should read: David Jensen/EmpicsEntertainment
View of the Pyramid Stage during the Killers headline set on day 4 of Glastonbury 2019, Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset. Picture date: Saturday 29th June 2019. Photo credit should read: David Jensen/EmpicsEntertainment
The Killers plays the Pyramid Stage on the fourth day of the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm in Somerset.
Sigrid performing on the Other Stage during the Glastonbury Festival, at Worthy Farm in Pilton, Somerset.
A festival goer watches Liam Gallagher on the Pyramid Stage during the Glastonbury Festival, at Worthy Farm in Pilton, Somerset.
Lizzo performs live on the West Holts stage on day 4 of Glastonbury 2019, Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset. Picture date: Saturday 29th June 2019. Photo credit should read: David Jensen/EmpicsEntertainment
Janet Jackson performs on the Pyramid Stage on the fourth day of the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm in Somerset.
Lewis Capaldi performs live on stage on day 4 of Glastonbury 2019, Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset. Picture date: Saturday 29th June 2019. Photo credit should read: David Jensen/EmpicsEntertainment
Festival goers in the Other stage crowd watch Lewis Capaldi on day 4 of Glastonbury 2019, Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset. Picture date: Saturday 29th June 2019. Photo credit should read: David Jensen/EmpicsEntertainment
Festival goers cool off in the Green Field pond on day 4 of Glastonbury 2019, Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset. Picture date: Saturday 29th June 2019. Photo credit should read: David Jensen/EmpicsEntertainment
Festival goer in the Other stage crowd watches Lewis Capaldi on day 4 of Glastonbury 2019, Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset. Picture date: Saturday 29th June 2019. Photo credit should read: David Jensen/EmpicsEntertainment
Festival goers watch Lewis Capaldi perform at Glastonbury Festival, in Worthy Farm in Pilton, Somerset.
Lewis Capaldi performs at Glastonbury Festival, in Worthy Farm in Pilton, Somerset.
A water suspension notice next to a basin in toilets at the Glastonbury Festival, in Worthy Farm in Pilton, Somerset.
Festival goers sunbathe at the Glastonbury Festival, at Worthy Farm in Pilton, Somerset.
A festival goer in the sun at Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm in Pilton, Somerset.
Anne-Marie performing on the Pyramid Stage at the Glastonbury Festival, in Worthy Farm in Pilton, Somerset.
Festival goer Rachel Heka dancing with her friend at the Glastonbury Festival, in Worthy Farm in Pilton, Somerset.
Festival goer Yasmin Hargest in the hot weather at the Glastonbury Festival, at Worthy Farm in Pilton, Somerset.
Festival goer enjoy ice cream in the hot weather at the Glastonbury Festival, at Worthy Farm in Pilton, Somerset.
View of the Pyramid stage as Stormzy headlines day 3 of Glastonbury 2019, Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset. Picture date: Friday 28th June 2019. Photo credit should read: David Jensen/EmpicsEntertainment
Stormzy performing on the Pyramid Stage during the Glastonbury Festival, at Worthy Farm in Pilton, Somerset. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday June 28, 2019. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Stormzy performing on the Pyramid Stage during the Glastonbury Festival, at Worthy Farm in Pilton, Somerset. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday June 28, 2019. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Arcadia's new stage design, Pangea, at Glastonbury Festival 2019 at Worthy Farm in Pilton, Somerset.
Stormzy headlines the Pyramid Stage on day 3 of Glastonbury 2019, Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset. Picture date: Friday 28th June 2019. Photo credit should read: David Jensen/EmpicsEntertainment
Jorja Smith performs live on the West Holts Stage on day 3 of Glastonbury 2019, Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset. Picture date: Friday 28th June 2019. Photo credit should read: David Jensen/EmpicsEntertainment
The crowd watching Two Door Cinema Club performing on the Other Stage during the Glastonbury Festival, at Worthy Farm in Pilton, Somerset.
The crowd watch Two Door Cinema Club perform on the Other Stage during the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm in Pilton, Somerset.
The crowd watch Two Door Cinema Club perform on the Other Stage during the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm in Pilton, Somerset.
Rosalia performs live on day 3 of Glastonbury 2019, Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset. Picture date: Friday 28th June 2019. Photo credit should read: David Jensen/EmpicsEntertainment
Lauryn Hill performing on the Pyramid Stage during the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm in Pilton, Somerset.
A member of the crowd watches Lauryn Hill performing on the Pyramid Stage during the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm in Pilton, Somerset.
People queuing for water on the third day of the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm in Somerset.
Drinks cans overflow a recycling bin on day 3 of Glastonbury 2019, Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset. Picture date: Friday 28th June 2019. Photo credit should read: David Jensen/EmpicsEntertainment
Festival goers enjoy the warm weather on day 3 of Glastonbury 2019, Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset. Picture date: Friday 28th June 2019. Photo credit should read: David Jensen/EmpicsEntertainment
The Pyramid Stage during Sheryll Crows set on day 3 of Glastonbury 2019, Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset. Picture date: Friday 28th June 2019. Photo credit should read: David Jensen/EmpicsEntertainment
Young Festival goer wearing fancy dress wings walks on site on day 3 of Glastonbury 2019, Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset. Picture date: Friday 28th June 2019. Photo credit should read: David Jensen/EmpicsEntertainment
A DJ performing on the Greenpeace area on Day 2 of the 2019 Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm in Somerset. Photo date: Thursday, June 27, 2019. Photo credit should read: Richard Gray/EMPICS Entertainment
General views in the Theatre and Circus area on Day 3 (Friday) of the 2019 Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm in Somerset. Photo date: Friday, June 28, 2019. Photo credit should read: Richard Gray/EMPICS Entertainment
General views on Day 2 of the 2019 Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm in Somerset. Photo date: Friday, June 28, 2019. Photo credit should read: Richard Gray/EMPICS Entertainment
A DJ performing on the Greenpeace area on Day 2 of the 2019 Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm in Somerset. Photo date: Thursday, June 27, 2019. Photo credit should read: Richard Gray/EMPICS Entertainment
The tea ladies in the Theatre and Circus area on Day 3 (Friday) of the 2019 Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm in Somerset. Photo date: Friday, June 28, 2019. Photo credit should read: Richard Gray/EMPICS Entertainment
Festival-going sisters Hanna (left) and Emma Ahlberg sunbathe in the hot weather on the third day of the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm in Somerset.
A man dressed as a mermaid on the third day of the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm in Somerset.
A group of girls at the Glastonbury by the Sea attraction on the third day of the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm in Somerset.
Jill Warburton relaxes at the Glastonbury by the Sea attraction on the third day of the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm in Somerset.
View of the Samula new all night arena on day 2 of Glastonbury 2019, Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset. Picture date: Thursday 27th June 2019. Photo credit should read: David Jensen/EmpicsEntertainment
The crowd watching Bjorn Again on the Pyramid Stage during the Glastonbury Festival, at Worthy Farm in Pilton, Somerset.
The crowd watching The Vaccines on the Other Stage during the Glastonbury Festival, at Worthy Farm in Pilton, Somerset.
Festivalgoers enjoy Glastonbury at night on the second day of the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm in Somerset.
General views on Day 2 of the 2019 Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm in Somerset. Photo date: Thursday, June 27, 2019. Photo credit should read: Richard Gray/EMPICS Entertainment
General views on Day 2 of the 2019 Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm in Somerset. Photo date: Thursday, June 27, 2019. Photo credit should read: Richard Gray/EMPICS Entertainment
The sun sets over Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset.
Festival-goer Penelope Gwen performing with an LED hula hoop after dark, at the Glastonbury Festival, Worthy Farm in Pilton, Somerset.
Tilda Swinton introducing a premiere screening of the Jim Jarmusch film The Dead Don't Die at Pilton Palais Cinema on Day 2 (Thursday) of the 2019 Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm in Somerset. Photo date: Thursday, June 27, 2019. Photo credit should read: Richard Gray/EMPICS Entertainment
Festival goers watch the England World Cup match on a big screen at the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset.
General views on Day 2 of the 2019 Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm in Somerset. Photo date: Thursday, June 27, 2019. Photo credit should read: Richard Gray/EMPICS Entertainment
A view of the Glastonbury sign on Day 2 (Thursday) of the 2019 Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm in Somerset. Photo date: Thursday, June 27, 2019. Photo credit should read: Richard Gray/EMPICS Entertainment
A view of the Thor on Day 2 (Thursday) of the 2019 Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm in Somerset. Photo date: Thursday, June 27, 2019. Photo credit should read: Richard Gray/EMPICS Entertainment
A festival goer applies sun cream on Day 2 (Thursday) of the 2019 Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm in Somerset. Photo date: Thursday, June 27, 2019. Photo credit should read: Richard Gray/EMPICS Entertainment
Festival goers enjoying the sun during Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset.
Festival goers enjoy the warm weather in the West Holts arena on day 2 of Glastonbury 2019, Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset. Picture date: Thursday 27th June 2019. Photo credit should read: David Jensen/EmpicsEntertainment
Festival goers dance on a podium at the Beat Hotel on day 2 of Glastonbury 2019, Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset. Picture date: Thursday 27th June 2019. Photo credit should read: David Jensen/EmpicsEntertainment
Festival goer rubs sunscreen onto his girlfriends back on day 2 of Glastonbury 2019, Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset. Picture date: Thursday 27th June 2019. Photo credit should read: David Jensen/EmpicsEntertainment
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A statement said: "We are no longer able to spend the next three months with thousands of crew on the farm, helping us with the enormous job of building the infrastructure and attractions needed to welcome more than 200,000 people to a temporary city in the fields."

Glastonbury, which draws around 200,000 people to farmland in Somerset, was due to take place from June 24-28.

The postponement follows updated guidance from the Government, calling on people to stay away from pubs, clubs and theatres and to avoid all non-essential contacts and travel.

Last week, US rapper Kendrick Lamar was announced as the third headliner, joining Taylor Swift and Sir Paul McCartney, with Diana Ross due to play the Sunday legend's slot.

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Sir Paul McCartney (Steve Parsons/PA)

Other music acts on the line-up include Dua Lipa, Camila Cabello and Pet Shop Boys, as well as rockers Sam Fender, Blossoms, Haim and Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds.

The Who, Madonna and Miley Cyrus have cancelled live dates due to the Covid-19 outbreak, while festivals such as Coachella and Stagecoach in the US have been postponed or called off.

In the UK, Radio 1's Big Weekend is among the other big music events called off by organisers.

99% of Glastonbury tents taken home
Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm (Aaron Chown/PA)

The festival, which had Biffy Clyro, Harry Styles and Cabello on the line-up, was due to take place in Dundee from May 22-24.

In Hollywood, Disney announced it was shutting down production on many of its live-action films, including The Little Mermaid, and the studio also delayed the release of a blockbuster remake of Mulan, which had been due to arrive in UK cinemas on March 27.

Other film releases postponed include A Quiet Place II and Fast And Furious 9, as well as the upcoming James Bond movie No Time To Die, which has been pushed back to November, having originally been set to arrive in April.

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