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  1. 1. Following the Oxford Vaccine news will it go ahead?

    • Yes - I 100% believe
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    • Yes - I think so but not close to 100%. Need to see how the roll out progresses.
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    • Maybe - I'm 50/50
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    • Unlikely - Even with the latest news I think it's unlikely to take place
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    • No - The vaccine news is great but I can't see 200k people being allowed at Worthy Farm in June.
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1 hour ago, jparx said:

Aye - It’s become one of those Efests myths that the festival/Emily totally ruled it out. As a reminder, the quote is below:

For those who have been asking, we have no plans to move next year’s Glastonbury to September 2021 - we’re still very much aiming for June.
 

“no plans” and “aiming for” =/= categorically ruling it out. I don’t personally think it will happen, but saying the festival totally ruled it out is false. That quote is also from august and things might have changed since then.

If the govt says ' mass events August onwards only ' then I think it may happen. Backed up by money insurance. Otherwise it'll be postponed to next year.

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At this stage, while it's looking unlikely to a lot of people that Glastonbury will be going ahead, let's just remember that even if it doesn't, by the time we get to late June the situation in the co

Inevitable I suppose    

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14 hours ago, DeanoL said:

Technically wasn't cancelled last year - just postponed. So Emily could get away with not outright lying...

we found out via an eavis family members Facebook post, so keep your eyes on that haha

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19 minutes ago, henry bear said:

And as I've said before, moving the festival a few months would only work if the acts they've booked all move their schedules too.

There are a number of festivals across Europe seemingly waiting to see how the next few weeks plays out before they make their moves in 2021. That could mean postponement to later in the year or full cancellation. I'm sure they're all in sync with artists and agents, after all, it's in everyone's interests to put on events. What I think we will see is a domino effect. Once one of the large organisations makes the inevitable move to late Summer, we'll see them all commit to a decision either way. I fully include Glastonbury within that group and with absolutely no intel on this whatsoever, I still think shifting the dates for this year's event is still an option they're exploring.

As a result, we may see either a lot of similarity or a huge variety across the lineups subject to artist availability but there are many positives that could come from this. 

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Just now, Supernintendo Chalmers said:

the inevitable move to late Summer

there's limited opportunity to do that. Infrastructure will already be booked for late summer by the festivals that are planned for late summer.

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1 minute ago, eFestivals said:

there's limited opportunity to do that. Infrastructure will already be booked for late summer by the festivals that are planned for late summer.

And that's why I think we'll see announcements made very soon, by all organisations. Of course, there won't be room for everyone. As you say, the biggest issue will probably be infrastructure. I'd imagine getting acts to play after a year of not working may not be such an issue. Let's hope for some clarity very soon...

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24 minutes ago, Supernintendo Chalmers said:

And that's why I think we'll see announcements made very soon, by all organisations. Of course, there won't be room for everyone. As you say, the biggest issue will probably be infrastructure. I'd imagine getting acts to play after a year of not working may not be such an issue. Let's hope for some clarity very soon...

I think that’s something people sometimes fail to appreciate, most people involved in the events/music industry have been sitting round twiddling their thumbs for a year and what will be 18 months come summer and will be desperate for some work. Apart from the mega artists that are already multi multi millionaires, most acts get the bulk of their money from touring and festivals, they will also have lifestyles to maintain so it’s all relative to the rest of us. Not to mention they’re creative people who actually want to perform. FWIW I don’t think the festival will move, but I’d fully expect that if it was flown up the flagpole then all involved will move heaven and earth to try and make it happen. Of course there will be logistical issues that may end up being insurmountable, but if acts/suppliers etc. get a call from Glastonbury saying how about September? Their first reaction isn’t going to be the typical ‘computer says no’ reaction you get on here, it’s going to be how can we make this happen?

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I know everything is up in the air right now, but honestly it does my head in, the people saying stuff like "Glad I got to go to the last ever Glastonbury in 2019" and "Can’t see a festival happening for a good few years*"

Like mate, just fuck off with that negative energy. You don't belong at Glasto.

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6 minutes ago, Gilgamesh69 said:

I know everything is up in the air right now, but honestly it does my head in, the people saying stuff like "Glad I got to go to the last ever Glastonbury in 2019" and "Can’t see a festival happening for a good few years*"

Like mate, just fuck off with that negative energy. You don't belong at Glasto.

They can get in the sea. These vaccines are very effective and we're not going to stop using them whilst there's a problem. 2022 is so happening, it's ridiculous.

 

 

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11 minutes ago, Gilgamesh69 said:

I know everything is up in the air right now, but honestly it does my head in, the people saying stuff like "Glad I got to go to the last ever Glastonbury in 2019" and "Can’t see a festival happening for a good few years*"

Like mate, just fuck off with that negative energy. You don't belong at Glasto.

I know we’ve all said this about this year, last year, but there is no way we aren’t back to relative normality next year if not later in this year.

The other thing to consider is that humans naturally want to have fun, socialise and party. If there are no festivals next year there will just be tons of illegal raves and gatherings popping up all over the place, but with no security and safety measures. We saw in the summer people getting stabbed and raped at events with no security. There will come a point no matter what happens that not having properly managed events to go to will become hugely counter productive.

 

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9 minutes ago, Deaf Nobby Burton said:

I know we’ve all said this about this year, last year, but there is no way we aren’t back to relative normality next year if not later in this year.

The other thing to consider is that humans naturally want to have fun, socialise and party. If there are no festivals next year there will just be tons of illegal raves and gatherings popping up all over the place, but with no security and safety measures. We saw in the summer people getting stabbed and raped at events with no security. There will come a point no matter what happens that not having properly managed events to go to will become hugely counter productive.

 

I think that's shameful. Getting things back to normal so people can go and party and see bands isn't the main thing. Right now I'd be happy to just go and see friends in their house if I could. That at least would be a step. Music coming back is going to be a long time and all this shit I hear about not being able to get into a field. You aren't missing out because no one can. 

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8 minutes ago, thewayiam said:

I think that's shameful. Getting things back to normal so people can go and party and see bands isn't the main thing. Right now I'd be happy to just go and see friends in their house if I could. That at least would be a step. Music coming back is going to be a long time and all this shit I hear about not being able to get into a field. You aren't missing out because no one can. 

But it’s also reality, like it or not. It’s called human nature and we already saw it last summer let alone this one or the next.

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2 hours ago, stuartbert two hats said:

They can get in the sea. These vaccines are very effective and we're not going to stop using them whilst there's a problem. 2022 is so happening, it's ridiculous.

 

 

For some people though, that negative approach is just reverse psychology. A pessimist is never disappointed. It's a buzzkill for all the positive thinkers but we all deal with situations differently

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People have different passions and motivations to get them through i dont think there is a right or wrong!!! 
Personally i will believe its happening right up to im told its not then i believe its happening the following year!! Thts what gets me through my shittest day at work or my most scared moment!! Its about so many things the memories the people are share Glastonbury with!! The stories we create to tell afterwards and the photos we share afterwards!! 
people should be able to create there own positives to get them through without being criticised!!! 

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2 hours ago, Supernintendo Chalmers said:

For some people though, that negative approach is just reverse psychology. A pessimist is never disappointed. It's a buzzkill for all the positive thinkers but we all deal with situations differently

Usually an optimistic person, I used to think that.  Over the last year I've allowed myself to sometimes wallow in pessimism and yet disappointment has has consistently made its presence felt.

Still, even I'd be surprised if 2022 doesn't happen.

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Not Glastonbury related and it’s in another country but I’ve heard from someone who has no reason to lie that E3 in June is being cancelled. They said nothing of the sort will be going on in the states till at least fall 2021

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4 hours ago, funkychick2007 said:

People have different passions and motivations to get them through i dont think there is a right or wrong!!! 
Personally i will believe its happening right up to im told its not then i believe its happening the following year!! Thts what gets me through my shittest day at work or my most scared moment!! Its about so many things the memories the people are share Glastonbury with!! The stories we create to tell afterwards and the photos we share afterwards!! 
people should be able to create there own positives to get them through without being criticised!!! 

I mean, yeah people do have their own ways of getting through it. But there comes a point when being too negative is just toxic, and serves no purpose other than to irritate people. It's alright to be doubtful, but saying stuff like "glastonbury is finished, its not coming back" is just dickhead behaviour. People are struggling enough with their mental health already, so trying to obscure the light at the tunnels end does nobody any favours 😞

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8 hours ago, Deaf Nobby Burton said:

But it’s also reality, like it or not. It’s called human nature and we already saw it last summer let alone this one or the next.

Not really. If I can travel again and have a break away it would be nice but I can listen to music at home. Life isn't game over without a music event to go to and it certainly doesn't define my life is I can't go to a gig for a reason,

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39 minutes ago, efcfanwirral said:

This is the context all discussions around Glastonbury and festivals need to be seen under...the government doesn't care 

That person here who suggested a British artists only festival will be delighted.

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26 minutes ago, Redwinevino said:

That person here who suggested a British artists only festival will be delighted.

Festival of Britain 2022? That was the Tories. Probably why they did it - to banjax the opposition.

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27 minutes ago, thewayiam said:

Not really. If I can travel again and have a break away it would be nice but I can listen to music at home. Life isn't game over without a music event to go to and it certainly doesn't define my life is I can't go to a gig for a reason,

And that’s great for you. However, not everyone thinks the same and for some, seeing live music is their escape from reality and a chance to spend time with friends and loved ones from around the world.
 

For the past 11 years, Glasto has been a chance for me to gather with over 20 mates from all over the world, and is the only time we get to do that together - while in 2019 I saw well over 250 gigs, so I would say live music definitely does define my life.
 

No one is saying let’s throw the doors open and forget there’s a virus, but for some people keeping positive and hoping for the future is what’s getting them through missing loved ones and the life they knew. It’s human nature to lament what you’re missing, particularly in these horrible times. 
 

This forum is meant to be based around a festival of connection, but over the last few weeks more people on here seem blinkered to showing any compassion or understanding. Just because you don’t agree with something, it doesn’t mean the other person is wrong. Some people believe the festival will go ahead in June and that hope might be the only thing that’s getting them through, so I don’t get why try and kick them into believing what they do, with some people seemingly getting joy out of crushing peoples hope. While others are incredibly scared for themselves and loved and want to lockdown further, and people show be considerate of that. 
 

No one is having it easy at the moment and we should all show a bit more love towards each other. This will be over one day! 

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