Glastonbury Festival are ‘monitoring developments with the coronavirus situation’

 Glastonbury Festival are ‘monitoring developments with the coronavirus situation’

Sunrise at Glastonbury’s Stone Circle

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Glastonbury Festival has responded to concerns the festival could be affected by the outbreak of coronavirus. The Government’s action plan, published this morning, said “population distancing strategies” that will be considered will include “reducing the number of large scale gatherings”.

Adrian Coombs, Glastonbury Festival’s Head of Event Operations, told Somerset Live: “Glastonbury Festival thoroughly plans each year’s event, and puts in place all necessary measures to protect the public and maximise safety.

“We work closely with all of the relevant agencies, including Public Health England and the NHS, and always review our plans as any circumstances change.

“With this in mind and with our 2020 Festival still 16 weeks away, we continue to plan and prepare for the event, whilst at the same time closely monitoring developments with the coronavirus situation.”

Glastonbury 2019 attendees in the campsites
Glastonbury 2019 attendees in the campsites

Last week, Switzerland banned festivals, carnivals and other events with over 1,000 people in attendance in an attempt to slow the outbreak. The Geneva International Motor Show, set to attract over 650,00 people, was then cancelled.

Over 200,000 crew, artists and ticketholders are expected at Glastonbury, taking place at Worthy Farm, Pilton from 24th-28th June 2020.

Public Health England previously told TheFestivals they have no specific coronavirus advice for those attending large gatherings such as music festivals, as the general advice applies in all settings. This is to always carry tissues and use them to catch coughs and sneezes, and bin the tissue, in addition to washing hands regularly with soap and water or using hand sanitiser gel.

Glastonbury flags near left field crowded
Glastonbury 2019 attendees in the campsites

Lana Del Ray is the latest artist officially confirmed to appear at Glastonbury’s 50th-anniversary, with an official announcement she will appear on the Pyramid Stage made on 13th February.

Back in January, Guns N’ Roses announced plans for a gig in Glasgow on the Thursday of Glastonbury, with fans hoping it could be a sign the band are set to appear at the festival’s 50th-anniversary.

There’s also a Glastonbury-shaped gap in the My Chemical Romance tour dates announced a few weeks back, boosting hopes the band could appear at the festival. The rumour mill had already kicked into gear when MCR revealed their UK comeback gigs would take place just days before Glastonbury.

Paul McCartney and Taylor Swift were confirmed as the Pyramid Stage headliners for Saturday and Sunday before Christmas. Ahead of the announcements, Taylor Swift was the bookmakers’ favourite headliner while The 1975 were considered fourth most likely by Sky Bet.

In addition to Paul McCartney, Wolf Alice and Diana Ross are the only other artists officially confirmed for the festival’s line-up, though Mike Skinner and Carl Cox have ‘self-confirmed’.

Aerosmith appear to have self-confirmed by mistake in an email newsletter sent out to fans. Supergrass are strongly-rumoured after reforming in September to perform at Pilton Party, a ‘thank-you’ event for the local community organised by Glastonbury.

Glastonbury Pyramid Stage crowd
Pyramid Stage crowd in 2019

The 1975 named “headlining Glastonbury” as their ambition while featuring on Radio 1’s Future Sounds with Annie Mac recently, but said they’re “busy this year”, fuelling rumours the Cheshire band could appear in 2021.

The Pet Shop Boys have responded to rumours they’re set to appear on the line-up at Glastonbury’s 50th-anniversary this summer in an interview with the Guardian.

Glastonbury 50, the book commemorating the festival’s 50th-anniversary, was named as a ‘Book of the Year’ by The Times for 2019. It previously ranked third in the Sunday Times Bestseller List for hardback non-fiction books.

The book is authored by organisers Michael and Emily Eavis and contains hundreds of photos from the festival and celebrity contributions.

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