The pin has officially been pulled on Glastonbury 2020. Festival organisers Emily and Michael Eavis released a statement a short while ago calling the decision their “only viable option”.

“Clearly this was not a course of action we hoped to take for our 50th anniversary event,” that official statement reads, “but following the government measures announced this week – and in times of such unprecedented uncertainty – this is now our only viable option.”

The statement continues: “Even if [the situation improved by the end of June], 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 that 200,000 people to a temporary city in these fields.”

135,000 people had paid a deposit for 2020 tickets. These punters now have the chance to either receive a full refund or roll that deposit over to next year’s event.

“There will also inevitably be severe financial implications as a result of this cancellation – not just for us, but also the Festival’s charity partners, suppliers, traders, local landowners and our community.”

Although this decision was rather inevitable, given the current wave of cancelled gigs across the globe, it doesn’t make the news any less disappointing. Check out the full statement below.

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