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Glastonbury Festival Announces Cancellation of 2021 Event

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Lil Nas X and Miley Cyrus perform on the Pyramid stage during day five of Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 30, 2019 in Glastonbury, England.

The organizers of England's Glastonbury Festival announced on Thursday morning (Jan. 21) that this year's event has been canceled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. "With great regret, we must announce that this year's Glastonbury Festival will not take place, and that this will be another enforced fallow year for us," read a statement from the iconic summertime gathering that was forced to take a break last summer as well due to the coronavirus.

"In spite of our efforts to move Heaven & Earth, it has become clear that we simply will not be able to make the Festival happen this year. We are so sorry to let you all down." As they did last year, the Glasto team is offering anyone who bought tickets in October 2019 for last year's canceled event to roll their deposits over to next year, with a chance to buy a ticket for the planned 2020 edition.

"We are very appreciative of the faith and trust placed in us by those of you with deposits, and we are very confident we can deliver something really special for us all in 2022!," wrote festival founder Michael Eavis and his daughter and co-organizer, Emily. "We thank you for your incredible continued support and let's look forward to better times ahead." Glastonbury typically draws more than 200,000 people to its site on Worthy Farm in the county of Somerset in England.

The 50th anniversary of the British festival was due to be held last June, with Taylor Swift and Paul McCartney among the planned headline acts, alongside Kendrick Lamar, Diana Ross, Lana Del Rey, Haim, Dizzee Rascal, Pet Shop Boys and Thom Yorke.

Though the Eavises did not mention the pandemic as a reason for the historic second cancellation in a row, despite the ramping-up roll-out of a handful of vaccines to combat the still-raging virus that has infected more than 96 million and killed more than two million people worldwide, it remains unclear if large gatherings will be possible by this summer.

See their statement below.