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29 minutes ago, SwedgeAntilles said:

I think the general consensus is that this year's acts have been offered the same spot for next year and most will take it. The big issues look to be at the top of the Pyramid with the fella Ken, who tends to have solid info about European festivals, saying that neither Kendrick or Swifty have made plans to reschedule as yet. Macca is looking a bit more positive (couple of clues point to it, he mentioned 'postponing' his Glastonbury appearance on the Howard Stern show - rather than outright cancelling - and his daughter made a social media post about him coming back next year).

Sub wise; Lana Del Rey looks like she's not around next summer and there was some info the Noel G was also planning a year off from touring (although that might be this year now!), and we never worked out who the third sub was for this year so all 6 places are still up in the air. So we could be in a position where the vast majority of the card rolls over but from a first poster POV it looks very different (across those top two rows).

Ah interesting. Thanks! I actually only gave the line-up a very cursory glance at the time as was so sure by then it wasn't happening!

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Definitely- I am young and healthy so covid doesnt really matter much to me. I would probably do my own test a couple of days before, then if it was positive maybe wear a mask all weekend and sleep in

Would it be feasible just to simply say, if you are over about 50 and/or have underlying health issues, just stay the fuck at home and dont go to festivals until we have a vaccine in place? Its not th

Quite. Given that the deposits will be ~18 months old by the time any decision comes, and a precedent of sorts was set the first time, there'd be a far stronger case to roll peoples deposits over

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31 minutes ago, Zoo Music Girl said:

Ah interesting. Thanks! I actually only gave the line-up a very cursory glance at the time as was so sure by then it wasn't happening!

Haha yeah. I only realised how good the lineup was meant to be over actually Glastonbury weekend when my Dad kept putting on tracks by artists playing. 

When it was initially announced I found it impossible to get excited and barely looked because it seemed so unlikely to happen! 

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3 minutes ago, zahidf said:

I think the major issue will be people being concerned about international travel. If a smaller festival happened here with majority British acts then I think it would be more likely to happen instead of a huge international event such as the Olympics or aforementioned international festival

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Right now I’m not confident at all for next year. Until there’s a vaccination program in place I simply cannot see how any mass gatherings can be allowed.

Still plenty of time for things to change though.

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11 hours ago, Homer said:

Two more years to wait? As someone who is 44, I feel a bit like a Premiership footballer who is nearing the end of their career and is wasting it on the bench. I may only have a few more Glastonbury years left in me and I'm wasting them on repeat fallow years!

I’m glad in a way I attended my first festival in 2016 at the age of 47. Keeps the fire in my belly to attend more ,tickets permitting obviously.

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11 hours ago, Homer said:

Two more years to wait? As someone who is 44, I feel a bit like a Premiership footballer who is nearing the end of their career and is wasting it on the bench. I may only have a few more Glastonbury years left in me and I'm wasting them on repeat fallow years!

Just realised we’ve now had three fallows in the last eight years! (2012, 2018 & 2020)

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1 hour ago, Hugh Jass said:

Right now I’m not confident at all for next year. Until there’s a vaccination program in place I simply cannot see how any mass gatherings can be allowed.

Still plenty of time for things to change though.

I’m kind of in the same boat. The only alternative I can see that would free things up a bit would be some sort of rapid testing that was accurate, cheap and widely available so everyone could be tested regularly for the purposes of international travel and gatherings like festivals etc. 

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Its typical that the first year i finally get tickets that my luck is against me and i suspect that in 2022 i will have some engagement that will require me to choose.

 

I really cant see how anyone can defend this governments management of this virus and anything but a dismal failure but there will be those cheerleaders who will defend them to the end. 

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22 minutes ago, Joshuwarr said:

This is interesting: https://www.leeds-live.co.uk/best-in-leeds/gigs-clubs/leeds-festival-2021-happening-benn-18711640

Looks like Glastonbury are keen to team up to deliver this too.

Wonder how many would book two weeks off in the lead up to the festival and isolate at home to ensure they will be virus free and can get in?

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1 minute ago, JoeyT said:

Wonder how many would book two weeks off in the lead up to the festival and isolate at home to ensure they will be virus free and can get in?

I would work from home in all honesty if i could 

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39 minutes ago, JoeyT said:

Wonder how many would book two weeks off in the lead up to the festival and isolate at home to ensure they will be virus free and can get in?

I couldn't ..... so that would be me out ... probably with my holiday allowance making it impossible ...... that rules out so many people that dont wfh ... surely tickets wouldn't sell if that were the case 

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35 minutes ago, JoeyT said:

Wonder how many would book two weeks off in the lead up to the festival and isolate at home to ensure they will be virus free and can get in?

It's interesting to speculate how a contact and trace app and/or self-quarantine would work for international attendees. It feels to me like the automatic answer is "it wouldn't" and therefore this would be (sadly, ironically) a very fitting post-Brexit festival season where no non-UK visitors were allowed. Of course the issue is it also wouldn't work for the actual artists and their teams, many of whom are coming from other countries. So maybe not the same rules for them?

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1 hour ago, Homer said:

Socially distanced all-day dance fest/s going ahead (apparently) in Maidstone.

Basically putting people in pods of six that they can only leave to go to the toilet. Seems to be like the car events but without cars.

https://www.revivalfestuk.com/event

God it just seems so dystopian.

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2 hours ago, topmarksbri said:

I really feel like there's going to be so many ways people do or try to game the system with this.

Unless they force you to get tested only by one place and place security measures in that cannot be forged. Lets say you are required to be tested 72 hours before the fest, you go to the testing clinic theyve chosen, you get your test and they wristband you after. Each wristband has rfid thats tied to you and only you. Your results will be available the next day and you go to the festvial. they obviously have to check your ticket thats its you, and scan your rfid thats also you. Cant get in without either being legitimate.
 

and I think theyll have to suspend the EPO this time.

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