Michael Eavis considering smaller Glastonbury 2021 event as AIF head says UK festival season ‘could still happen’

Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury 2019 (Richard Bowes for Live4ever)

Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury 2019 (Richard Bowes for Live4ever)

Glastonbury has been shelved for the second successive year.

Michael Eavis isn’t ruling out the possibility of a Glastonbury event on a much smaller scale taking place in September.

Co-organisers Michael and Emily yesterday confirmed the news that had been looking increasingly likely during the past few weeks, that Glastonbury 2021 wouldn’t be going ahead, but with a beady eye on the event’s 50th anniversary, Michael Eavis remains hopeful that something could still happen.

“I would like to do something in September,” he’s told the LBC radio station.

“I would like to do something smaller somewhere around the anniversary date of when we started, which was the 18th of September 1970. I would like to consider possibly doing something around that time.”

Meanwhile, whilst many have already taken the news of Glastonbury’s cancellation to be a soothsayer for the rest of the UK circuit, as it was last year, Paul Reed, head of the Association of Independent Festivals, has told the BBC this might not necessarily signal the end before it’s started of the 2021 festival season.

Glastonbury is, ‘a different beast to most festivals and most likely ran out of time due to the size and complexity of the event’, he’s quoted as saying, adding:

“For most festivals, the cut-off point is more likely the end of March.”

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