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The U.K.’s Glastonbury Festival — one of the biggest and best known music events on the planet — has canceled its 2021 edition due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“With great regret, we must announce that this year’s Glastonbury festival will not take place, and that this will be another enforced fallow year for us,” organizers Michael and Emily Eavis said in a statement. “In spite of our efforts to move heaven and earth, it has become clear that we simply will not be able to make the festival happen this year.We are so sorry to let you all down.”
The event, which has a capacity of up 210,000 guests, won’t be rescheduled for this year, but the Eavises said they were “very confident we can deliver something really special for us all in 2022.”
Glastonbury was also forced to cancel in 2020 just as the pandemic started gaining momentum, one of the first major events to do so. The 50th anniversary of the British festival was due to be held last June, with Taylor Swift and Paul McCartney among the year’s headline acts, alongside the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Diana Ross, Lana Del Rey, Haim, Dizzee Rascal, the Pet Shop Boys and Thom Yorke.
Despite a vaccination program, the U.K. is currently in the midst of its deadliest stage of the coronavirus crisis, with a record 1,820 deaths recorded on Wednesday and warnings that the country is likely in for worse weeks ahead.
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