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Will the 2021 festival go ahead?


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Glastonbury 2021   

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

    • Yes - I 100% believe
      43
    • Yes - I think so but not close to 100%. Need to see how the roll out progresses.
      158
    • Maybe - I'm 50/50
      87
    • Unlikely - Even with the latest news I think it's unlikely to take place
      79
    • No - The vaccine news is great but I can't see 200k people being allowed at Worthy Farm in June.
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21 hours ago, Lycra said:

 The chances of Government coming through with insurance for GFL is deminishing with each passing day of the pandemic. Even an exact duplication of the lauded German scheme would not help as it applies to German festivals in 2021H2. And, as with any insurance scheme, it entails paying a premium with any pay out subject to excesses and limits. Consider the conseqences if the UK were to bring in a similar scheme which did include GF. The risk of a pay out would probably be rated as high or very high and presumably GFL's premium fee be high too. With GF being the largest festival its cancellation and would have serious consequences for the scheme finances. Including such a potentially high risk high payout policy within the insurance portfolio may be to the detriment of other festivals as their premiums may well be inflated disproportionately to their risk in order to generate cover capitol for the larger event.

The government will either underwrite insurance for the entire industry or they won’t, Glastonbury’s size had nothing to do with it.

if Germany’s scheme is worth £2.5bn, and if our events industry is even half the size of theirs, how much of a percentage of that figure do you seriously think Glastonbury costs to put on?

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Just now, BFisherr said:

If this is to be believed, who do we think the provisional returning headliner is? We thought Taylor had a better chance of coming back in 22 than 21 anyway right? 

Yeah Taylor would make sense, all the talk around her returning to European festivals was that she was planning to return in 2022. 

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20 minutes ago, dotdash79 said:

Not sure how real this account is

I'm intrigued at how they have retweeted the s*n article saying nothing had been decided on Friday and there was a state of play discussion on Monday and then is able to confirm outcome of talks by 10am.

Surely it would take longer than an hour?

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1 hour ago, Deaf Nobby Burton said:

The government will either underwrite insurance for the entire industry or they won’t, Glastonbury’s size had nothing to do with it.

if Germany’s scheme is worth £2.5bn, and if our events industry is even half the size of theirs, how much of a percentage of that figure do you seriously think Glastonbury costs to put on?

Germany's scheme is worth €2.5bn only if all event organisers sign up to it since they are required to pay an insurance premium. The German government  are not putting in €2.5bn. 

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2 minutes ago, JoeyT said:

I'm intrigued at how they have retweeted the s*n article saying nothing had been decided on Friday and there was a state of play discussion on Monday and then is able to confirm outcome of talks by 10am.

Surely it would take longer than an hour?

Agreed, sounds fishy. But that is a big statement to make if it’s only a guess, sacrificing any future credibility if wrong. Of course, it could be just a wind-up account!

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7 minutes ago, JoeyT said:

I'm intrigued at how they have retweeted the s*n article saying nothing had been decided on Friday and there was a state of play discussion on Monday and then is able to confirm outcome of talks by 10am.

Surely it would take longer than an hour?

This. And he said he doesn't work for them, just with them. So if they've already started telling the people they work with, then why aren't others posting about it?

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I've tried to remain positive through this and, for a brief moment after the first vaccine approval, I convinced myself it would go ahead but this past week I've resigned myself to the fact it won't be happening. 

Too much going against it unfortunately. Mass testing wouldn't work, for so many reasons. Any sort of restrictions there would just take away from the Glastonbury experience and, of course, the time needed to build the site and all that comes with that.

Absolutely devastating but if/when the official announcement comes, it won't quite hit me as hard as the 2020 festival. That really was a hard dose of reality, think at that point I still thought all this would 'blow over'. I just hope the festival can survive to go ahead in 2022, the industry really is taking a battering here.

Interesting note on the headliner, praying it's McCartney but not holding out much hope. Think Paul will be 80 by then? I remember an interview somewhere not long back where he said he wouldn't be surprised if he's played as last gig, with all this shit going on. Grim.

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