The Glastonbury festival cancels its 2021 edition because of the Covid-19

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Glastonbury Festival canceled for 2nd year in a row due to Covid-19 (photo taken June 30, 2019 during the last edition of the festival)

CONCERTS – There will be no rubber boot crowds this year at Glastonbury. The festival, which usually brings together tens of thousands of spectators, is canceled for the second year in a row due to the coronavirus pandemic, the organizers announced this Thursday, January 21.

“Despite our efforts to move heaven and earth, the festival cannot stand this year,” lament Michael and Emily Eavis in a statement on the Twitter account of the music and arts festival, the 2021 edition of which was supposed to take place. hold June 23-27.

Held in fields in the southwest of England, the festival usually welcomes more than 200,000 people at the end of June.

Like last year, spectators who had made a deposit will be offered to postpone it for the next edition, with the organizers promising something “very special” for 2022.

British music industry brought to the ground

Hardest-hit country in Europe with more than 93,000 dead the UK has seen its music industry, which accounts for 5.8 billion pounds (6.4 billion euros), brought to the ground by bans on large gatherings and successive confinements.

In a report earlier this month, the industry body UK Music noted that after a 2020 season “swept away” by the virus due to the cancellation of all festivals, there is “a real threat that the big most of the 2021 season ″ suffers the same fate.

Before a parliamentary committee on January 5, festival organizers and representatives of the multibillion-pound industry stressed that it was crucial to have guarantees and a clear timetable from the government for events to take place. hold in 2021.

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