Glastonbury 2021 will go ahead as 'good times are what we need right now'
Glastonbury boss Emily Eavis has said the music festival will take place in 2021, as “good times are what we need right now”.
This year’s festival, which was scheduled to take place this weekend, was to be a special celebration marking 50 years since its inception in 1970.
However, with the coronavirus pandemic wreaking havoc on festival season, and life in general, the event was cancelled.
Its future was then called in to question when founder Michael Eavis, who passed the reigns down to his daughter several years ago, said the financial implications of cancelling the festival could see it go under.
But Emily has now assured fans they can get their wellies and tents ready for Glastonbury 2021.
In an interview with The Times, she said: “We’ve survived. We’re just focused on next year now. We intend it to happen.
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“And I think when we open the gates next year it’s going to be really emotional, even if it’s pouring with rain. Good times are what we so deeply need right now, aren’t they?”
Dad Michael told The Guardian last week: “We have to run next year, otherwise we would seriously go bankrupt… It has to happen for us, we have to carry on. Otherwise it will be curtains. I don’t think we could wait another year.”
Talking about the finance side of things, Emily said: “It’s been tough. In financial terms, it’s cost us millions. I mean, we were so far down the road when we got cancelled. By March, you’ve got a whole festival that’s ready, it’s baked. We were almost ready to bring it out and give everyone a slice.”
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The “slice” in question would have included Paul McCartney, Kendrick Lamar and Taylor Swift all headlining the festival’s iconic Pyramid Stage.
Diana Ross, Noel Gallagher and Pet Show Boys were also set to make appearances.
However, it is uncertain as yet if all those who were due to perform will still take to the stage in 2021.