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18/03/2020 12:04 GMT | Updated 18/03/2020 12:11 GMT

Glastonbury Cancelled: Music Fans 'Devastated' As Festival Is Pulled Due To Coronavirus

The Covid-19 outbreak has meant the 50th anniversary celebration will no longer be going ahead.

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Music fans have been sharing their disappointment at the news that this year’s Glastonbury festival will no longer be going ahead because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Festival organisers confirmed the cancellation on Wednesday morning, less than a week after the first announcement about this year’s line-up.

Shortly after the news broke, many were quick to voice their sadness. However, music fans did point out that it was the right decision to cancel the event, because of the Covid-19 outbreak...

The cancelled event was supposed to have been a big celebration for Glastonbury, as it marked the 50th year of the festival, which did not go unnoticed by fans on Twitter...

However, many also pointed out the slight silver lining that at least those who had already paid their Glastonbury deposit would be given the opportunity to roll it over until 2021, guaranteeing them the opportunity to buy a ticket for next year’s event...

Paul McCartney, Taylor Swift and Kendrick Lamar had all been scheduled to headline at this year’s festival, while Glastonbury organisers had booked Diana Ross to perform in the “Legends” slot, following Kylie Minogue’s appearance last year.

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Festival-goers enjoy the fine weather on the third day of the Glastonbury Festival of Music and Performing Arts on Worthy Farm near the village of Pilton in Somerset, South West England, on June 28, 2019. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo credit should read OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)

A statement posted on the official Glastonbury Twitter account said: “We are so sorry to announce this but Glastonbury 2020 will have to be cancelled and this will be an enforced fallow year for the festival.

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

The global pandemic has already had a devastating effect on the entertainment industry, with many other festivals – including Radio 1′s Big Weekend, Coachella and Country2Country – having to either postpone or completely cancel their events.

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