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Will Coronavirus lead to the cancellation of Glastonbury?

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  1. 1. Will it be cancelled?

    • I'm pretty confident/100% sure it will be cancelled
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    • I'm not sure, but I think it will probably be cancelled
      180
    • It could go either way, I've no idea
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    • I'm not sure, but I think it will probably go ahead
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    • I'm pretty confident/100% sure it will go ahead
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1 minute ago, Spindles said:

If they U-turned on yesterday's advice within days of announcing that as the plan you can be sure that would cause absolute fucking pandemonium.

Haven’t you seen this thread for the last few hours 😂

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1 minute ago, O'Doyle Rules said:

Unfortunately, I believe it is going to be cancelled next week. Heartbroken 

Is this new information or just a feeling?

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Hopefully this becomes the fallow year at least if/when its cancelled?

Not sure what it'd mean for GFL though given money will already have been spent on this years event 🙁

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It’s past midnight on Friday (technically Saturday now) we’re not going to be getting any more information from the government till around lunchtime on Monday. Until then it’s just wild speculation fuelled by tabloid rumours. 
 

Two days of this will tear us all apart. Let’s just keep it chilled and relaxed until we actually get official word from either GFL or the government. 

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Been trying to remain positive but this looks pretty bleak and I'm now in the belief this won't be happening. Utterly devastated and it hasn't even been confirmed yet

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I’ve been

11 minutes ago, bombfrog said:

Is this new information or just a feeling?

I’ve been trying to be positive but the reality is, late June is too soon to “hold tight” and see. You’re talking about one of the largest festivals on the planet - think of the planning, contracts, labour force it requires. Preparing until the last minute and cancelling just before would cripple the festival. Cancelling now cuts losses and arguably makes it even more in demand next year. If it was held in August, I think it could happen but they’ll cancel and do it next June. They can’t postpone because think of the impact on the businesses’ cycles nearby. I’ve been 10+ times and was due to go again, but the realism has set in.

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1 minute ago, O'Doyle Rules said:

I’ve been

I’ve been trying to be positive but the reality is, late June is too soon to “hold tight” and see. You’re talking about one of the largest festivals on the planet - think of the planning, contracts, labour force it requires. Preparing until the last minute and cancelling just before would cripple the festival. Cancelling now cuts losses and arguably makes it even more in demand next year. If it was held in August, I think it could happen but they’ll cancel and do it next June. They can’t postpone because think of the impact on the businesses’ cycles nearby. I’ve been 10+ times and was due to go again, but the realism has set in.

So, just a feeling then and they officially announced the line-up just yesterday.

As you were everyone....

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Not sure it's a u-turn as it's always been on the cards but my concern is that we are in the realm of public opinion.  While the government can stand tall, they can be (and have been) undermined by sporting establishments.  Misinformation and panic seems to be the order of the day (I had a call from my Mum concerned that Cardiff had shut down today), and unfortunately this is always at the expense of logic.  I could pull out my spreadsheet that shows how the UK is tracking against France and Italy (similar population size), and how when France introduced bans on public gatherings (5k) back at the end of February it appears to have had limited impact.  What will come back at me is the fact that I don't understand the severity of the situation, and that I should be more responsible.  The truth is no-one understands what the severity will be, and the best we can do is try to understand it as things develop rather than thinking we have all the answers now.  People need to stop talking in absolutes, and enforcing these absolutes on others in increasingly condescending ways.  If someone has hope, is that such a bad thing?  Does it really require someone to stamp all over it?  I'm off to listen to the playlist of the festival I know may not happen.

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1 minute ago, bombfrog said:

So, just a feeling then and they officially announced the line-up just yesterday.

As you were everyone....

In the unlikely event they’ve had reassurances from government, which gave them the confidence to release, then maybe. Whatever the fallout from Cheltenham festival will be in the next fortnight may also dictate. I’m not doom and glooming it, glastonbury is one of the most important things to me but it is essentially an outdoor event like any other (and any other seems to be cancelling by the day)

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3 minutes ago, O'Doyle Rules said:

In the unlikely event they’ve had reassurances from government, which gave them the confidence to release, then maybe. Whatever the fallout from Cheltenham festival will be in the next fortnight may also dictate. I’m not doom and glooming it, glastonbury is one of the most important things to me but it is essentially an outdoor event like any other (and any other seems to be cancelling by the day)

I'm not interested in arguing with you about it. The point is that you said.

"Unfortunately, I believe it is going to be cancelled next week"

Which sounds like "I've heard news it's going to be cancelled", whereas it was just an opinion. It's important to distinguish on here because there are plenty of people claiming to know things they don't.

The only thing we know right now is that unless the government says otherwise they're planning to go through with it, anything else is conjecture.

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45 minutes ago, stuartbert two hats said:

I've been a bit giddy tonight, sorry.

What I was getting at is that it's tempting to get the virus and fight it off well before the festival. I'm not even sure if I was joking.

But to be clear, I have no concrete plans to attend a party to catch coronavirus and I'm not aware that any exist.

But coronaparty really should be the name of the next Confidence Man single.

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Wide awake at this time as my boyfriend has developed symptoms suspiciously similar to that of Coronavirus. He’s struggling to not keep coughing at the moment. Looks like that’s us in isolation for a week then. 

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1 hour ago, kalifire said:

Imagine the scenario that this cancellation of mass gatherings manages to bring numbers under control within 6-8 weeks, just in time for the build. The festival has held strong, not guaranteeing it'll be on, but resisting the calls to cancel as well.

Uncertainty looms over the entire event, but the plans slowly and carefully proceed. The ban on mass gatherings is lifted around early June, and Glastonbury is not only held, but becomes an iconic demonstration of our resilience to carry on, and our care for each other that ushered in a fall in numbers infected.

Yes it could be cancelled, but it could also be the best Glastonbury there's ever been.

Those was my exact feelings on Coachella carrying on for April if things didnt spiral this week. Somebody must  break through and be that beacon of hope and show that you can have an iconic event with no issues and feel somewhat normal even for a few days. they were at least able to move it to October and its unprecedented to see it happen being as its my 'local'' festival for almost 20 years. we cannot afford to see the pillars of the festival world fall, and if Glasto can take place and stake its place as one of the most important moments of this very young decade, its worth  all of this pain and uncertainty we all feel right now.

 

And yeah, my flights booked and everything as it is. So Im flying over there no matter what, but I would rather not come away empty handed. If this was to be the last Glasto i could attend, Im ok with that. I would never want to have endless days thinking of what could have been, and most of you would feel the same.

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9 minutes ago, Tartan_Glasto said:

Wide awake at this time as my boyfriend has developed symptoms suspiciously similar to that of Coronavirus. He’s struggling to not keep coughing at the moment. Looks like that’s us in isolation for a week then. 

Hope you and your boyfriend are ok Tartan.

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99 pages long so apologies if this has ready been discussed....

But could they postpone everything by a month? Boomtown (mid august) posted today that they expect to go ahead as it's august. 

Assuming everything else on the planet is cancelled (looking likely) the artists are unlikely to have anything else booked/ there may be others who have had cancellations who are now free and logistically all the uk contractors will be desperate for business after cancellations so wanting to make it happen. And, finally they also own most of the land and the parts they don't own but lease aren't being used for much else.

Obviously this is hoping and praying that the worst scenarios don't come true, which if they do festivals will be your least concern. 

 

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21 minutes ago, Clubber Lang said:

Hope you and your boyfriend are ok Tartan.

Thanks bud

Just a bit odd cause he’s not the type to really get cold/flus but he came home yesterday saying he felt he had a cold coming on. I get in from work today and he’s curled up on the couch saying he can’t heat up but when I feel him he’s roasting. Then this evening the cough has started. 
 

We both fairly young and healthy-ish so hopefully it should pass with no issues.

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6 minutes ago, Tartan_Glasto said:

Thanks bud

Just a bit odd cause he’s not the type to really get cold/flus but he came home yesterday saying he felt he had a cold coming on. I get in from work today and he’s curled up on the couch saying he can’t heat up but when I feel him he’s roasting. Then this evening the cough has started. 
 

We both fairly young and healthy-ish so hopefully it should pass with no issues.

Get well soon guys, hope ya’s have got some bog roll. 

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No one knows what’s going to happen, obviously it could very easily be cancelled. One thing we’re not going to know though is if it’s cancelled over 3 months in advance. That’s just not going to happen, if they can put the festival on then they will. They obviously have not a great idea themselves yet because they released the lineup only yesterday. 
 

It would be nice to hear if they have a contingency plan or just to hear what’s going to happen in regards to potential priority for next years festival. 

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Okay, let's get to the facts. There is a rumor that mass gatherings in the UK could be cancelled 'as early as next weekend' (https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-51882897). This rumor, if it is true, doesn't denote the timeframe of these cancellations, and so it is entirely possible that Glastonbury could fall outside of these restrictions. Whilst we can speculate about the state of the festival, neither I, nor Emily, or anyone on this forum truly know what the outcome will be. Rather than projecting our worst fears onto the forum, I think we should use the facts in order to remain positive about the bash.

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Totally agree, @Ragingbunion93.

I don’t see how this changes the festival’s position at all. They’ve already conceded that they don’t know what the situation will be in 15 weeks time, but they’re going to plough on regardless. 

Is that now any less true? No. 

The only thing that worries me is that the peak of this bastard is currently forecast to arrive very close to the festival itself, and why would the government reverse a policy on mass gatherings until the situation on the ground is materially different?

But that thinking is loaded with assumptions that just can’t be made. We are still in the same position we were in this time last week - be aware, take maximum precautions, wait it out and hope for the best. 

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I came here to have a whinge but am loving the positivity.

On a purely selfish note, I literally work on the front line in "travel & tourism", live with an elderly relative, and have a medical condition that, according to The Daily Heil, means I have a 10% chance of not getting out the other side should I contract this.

Also, but less seriously, but more selfish, I don't think I've ever had so much stuff booked and things to look forward to as I have right now.

First one is Tuesday in a 1,400 capacity venue. Been looking forward to it for months. It's looking edgy.

Then at least another two between that and the big G, both in big London venues.

I would willingly have them all cancelled and self isolate in order to have Glasto happen.

After all this? Should be the best one ever!

 

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I had a dream last night that Glastonbury went ahead but it was a very low infrastructure version.

Just the stages and not the huge build projects like Glastonbury on Sea etc.

Felt like a festival from the late 80's 

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