Since the coronavirus lockdown turned everything on its head, we’re seeing festivals announce their cancellation day-in-day-out, and unfortunately, the light at the end of the tunnel seems to keep getting further away with every week that passes. Just this week we’ve seen established British festival including Noisily, 2000trees and Latitude reveal they won’t be back until summer 2021. The barrage of cancellations began around six weeks ago when (the morning after TheFestivals broke the news) Glastonbury officially announced their 50th-anniversary edition would not be taking place this summer, sending festival fans into a frenzy of despair.
As an alternative, or at least some consolation, many festival fans have taken to camping out in their back garden, taking advantage of the recent warm weather to enjoy some socially isolated beers in the sun while watching videos of festival performances in previous years. Even those without gardens have shared pictures of pop-up tents set up in the front rooms while enjoying the countless live stream events set up by artists and festivals across the world.
With the absence of a physical Glastonbury Festival this summer, the festival organisers have been donating supplies to those who need them, such as giving away the festival’s supply of hand sanitising fluid to local NHS trusts and healthcare providers. Glastonbury-on-sea, one of the newest areas at the festival which features a 60-metre long Victorian pier, recently revealed packs of souvenir fudge which would have been sold at the festival’s 50th anniversary this summer will be donated to local food banks and included in food deliveries to the elderly, along with key workers and women’s or family shelters. And while the festival organisers are distributing the physical supplies, fans have set up their own ‘Glasthomebury’ virtual event.
Fans are invited to spend what would be the Glastonbury Festival the weekend in their garden, with their full festival camping set-up – and some speakers! An online community, which now boasts over 200,000 members, has been set up, which promises to create a festival community online to lift spirits while they enjoy a special weekend of Glastonbury highlights on BBC TV. They’re also planning to raise money for charities including Mind, Refuge, The Trussell Trust, NHS Charities Together and the NSPCC, taking a cue from the physical Glastonbury Festival which raises hundreds of pounds for charity every year.
They’re planning to set up a crowdfunding page and reveal more details soon, so maybe it’s time to start thinking about what you need for your perfect home festival. All the usuals – so tent, roll mat, sleeping bags, beers, laptop, Bluetooth speaker, barbeque maybe? earplugs? At least if you’ve got a conservatory (Click Here) you’ve got somewhere to retreat to if the weather lives up to usual Glastonbury standards, though in fairness it was unusually hot the last few times around!
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