Glastonbury Festival has been running for 50 years, with 2020’s gigs being the most celebrated event of the year. However, sadly the festival has been cancelled thanks to the coronavirus, which will cause huge upset for fans and musicians. So for those who have tickets, what can they do with their tickets and are their refunds?
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Glastonbury 2020 has been cancelled in horrific news for fans and those planning to perform.
The announcement came from those behind the festival, Mihael and Emily Eavis, who put a statement on the festival website.
The statement reads: “We are so sorry to announce this, but Glastonbury 2020 will have to be cancelled, and this will be an enforced fallow year for the Festival.
“Clearly this was not a course of action we hoped to take for our 50th anniversary event, but following the new government measures announced this week – and in times of such unprecedented uncertainty – this is now our only viable option.
“We very much hope that the situation in the UK will have improved enormously by the end of June.
“But even if it has, we are no longer able to spend the next three months with thousands of crew here 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 these fields.”
While fans may be happy to hear their concern and upset, many will be wondering what happens to their tickets, and whether they will be left without anything to show for their money spent.
However, luckily there are mesaures in place by the organisers, as their statement explains.
Their statement continues: “We would like to send our sincere apologies to the 135,000 people who have already paid a deposit for a Glastonbury 2020 ticket.
“The balance payments on those tickets were due at the beginning of April and we wanted to make a firm decision before then.
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“We understand that it is not always easy to secure a Glastonbury ticket, which is why we would like to offer all those people the chance to roll their £50 deposit over to next year, and guarantee the opportunity to buy a ticket for Glastonbury 2021.
“Those who would prefer a refund of that £50 will be able to contact See Tickets in the coming days in order to secure that. This option will remain available until September this year. For those who are happy to roll their deposit over, that will happen automatically.
“Further information – including details on rolling over coach packages, official accommodation bookings and local Sunday tickets – will be added to our website in the coming days.
“The cancellation of this year’s Festival will no doubt come as a terrible blow to our incredible crew and volunteers who work so hard to make this event happen.”
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Further information on ticket prices will be coming out pretty soon, but at the moment, fans will be able to roll over their 2020 ticket to 2021, meaning they will get all of the music plus likely a huge number of acts being announced as time goes on.
This will be done automatically, so fans need not do anything at this stage.
Others may be concerned about upcoming payments for their Glasto tickets, but fans can breathe a sigh of relief as those payments will now be stopped, so there is no more money coming out of people’s accounts, most likely.
Extra to that, there is also an option to refund, for those who have 2021 plans already.
To do this, fans must contact See Tickets before the beginning of September to get their £50 deposit back.
The statement continued: “We were so looking forward to welcoming you all for our 50th anniversary with a line-up full of fantastic artists and performers that we were incredibly proud to have booked.
“Again, we’re so sorry that this decision has been made. It was not through [sic] choice. But we look forward to welcoming you back to these fields next year and until then, we send our love and support to all of you.”
Artists expected to play included Diana Ross, Taylor Swift and Sir Paul McCartney as headliners.
There were also supporting performers including Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds.
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