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Glastonbury cancelled: festival latest in long list of live events affected by coronavirus pandemic


Glastonbury (Yui Mok/PA)

Glastonbury (Yui Mok/PA)

Glastonbury (Yui Mok/PA)

Glastonbury festival will have an "enforced fallow year" in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, organisers have said.

The music festival, due to celebrate its 50th anniversary in June this year, is among a long list of high-profile events pushed back or cancelled due to the pandemic.

Michael and Emily Eavis, the event's organisers, confirmed that tickets for this year would roll over into 2021.

A post on Twitter announced the news, saying: "We are so sorry to announce this, but we are going to have to cancel Glastonbury 2020. Tickets for this year will roll over to next year. Full statement below and on our website. Michael & Emily."

A statement said: "We are no longer able to spend the next three months with thousands of crew on the farm, helping us with the enormous job of building the infrastructure and attractions needed to welcome more than 200,000 people to a temporary city in the fields."

Glastonbury, which draws around 200,000 people to farmland in Somerset, was due to take place from June 24-28.

Last week, US rapper Kendrick Lamar was announced as the third headliner, joining Taylor Swift and Sir Paul McCartney, with Diana Ross due to play the Sunday legend's slot.

Other music acts on the line-up include Sinead O'Connor, Dua Lipa, Camila Cabello and Pet Shop Boys, as well as rockers Sam Fender, Blossoms, Haim and Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds.

It is not clear whether any or all of those acts will appear on the line-up next year.

The UK Government has called on people to stay away from pubs, clubs and theatres to avoid all non-essential contacts and travel.

In Ireland, pubs, clubs and theatres are among the venues which have closed until at least March 29 and many live shows have been cancelled or postponed.

The Who, Madonna and Miley Cyrus have cancelled live dates due to the Covid-19 outbreak, while festivals such as Coachella and Stagecoach in the US have been postponed or called off.

In Ireland, Vantasival was the first Irish festival to be postponed due to the pandemic. The Co Louth event was scheduled for the June bank holiday weekend but it will now take place from September 18-20 instead.

Meanwhile, The Who have just announced that they have rescheduled their U.K. and Irish tour for March, 2021.

The 3Arena, Dublin show will take place on Friday 5th March 2021. All tickets for the original date are valid for the rescheduled date.

Santana at the 3Arena on March 29th has also been postponed.

Ben Waters Band with special guest Ronnie Wood were due to play Dublin's Helix on March 20th but this has been cancelled.

Filming of Deirdre O'Kane's new comedy show for Sky was also due to take place at Dublin's Olympia Theatre from Thursday April 8 to Saturday April 11.

However, due to the ongoing crisis, Sky has postponed filming of The Deirdre O'Kane Show until further notice. All purchased tickets can be refunded via ticketmaster.ie.

In Hollywood, the movie industry is also facing huge difficulties.

Disney announced it was shutting down production on many of its live-action films, including The Little Mermaid, and the studio also delayed the release of a blockbuster remake of Mulan, which had been due to arrive in cinemas on March 27.

Other film releases postponed include A Quiet Place II and Fast And Furious 9, as well as the upcoming James Bond movie No Time To Die, which has been pushed back to November, having originally been set to arrive in April.

In the UK and Ireland, production has stalled on soaps including Eastenders and Fair City.

Fair City is moving to two episodes a week from next week in line with HSE guidelines until March 29.

Broadcasting the soap for just two episodes a week will allow it to air until mid April.

BBC bosses have also made the decision to suspend filming on the soap and will ration the eight weeks' worth of episodes they have already filmed to two episodes a week instead of four.

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