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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
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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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24 minutes ago, discgoesmic said:

I wonder if they might call it a day after the 50th anniversary (if it can run) - it sounds like financially it's very hard to pull off these days even without Covid because of prices of the land etc. Making it to the golden 50 would be amazing and in a way feels like the natural stopping point.

Technically the 50th anniversary has come & gone since the first GF was in 1970 and 2020 would have been the 50th anniversary of that first festival. However we are a little way off the actual 50th festival due to fallow years.

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Unfortunately, that ‘yet’ means everything and Emily must know by now that despite their best efforts the likelihood of this going ahead now are incredibly slim. I anticipate a cancellation before the end of January, and hopefully not a week post-lineup like last year. 

Fucking sucks, and it was looking good for about a month there, but unfortunately the tides have turned the wrong way which makes what was already gonna be a tough go of the festival seem pretty impossible.

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5 minutes ago, discgoesmic said:

Interesting. It's easy to think of these huge organisations as bottomless money pits, but it shows nobody is safe at the moment.

Essentially - LN are currently raising money again, and as a result will have taken on more than $2 billion in additional debt in the space of just over a year. They're not going to be buying other festivals any time soon, if anything they'll be selling.

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2 minutes ago, eFestivals said:

Live Nation has tapped into the bottomless pit of the Saudi royals since the pandemic broke. It's going nowhere.

From what I've read, isn't that more that the Saudis bought a sizeable amount of shares when they were (perceived to be) cheap, rather than investing actual capital into the company? Hence the multiple debt rounds since then.

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4 minutes ago, incident said:

From what I've read, isn't that more that the Saudis bought a sizeable amount of shares when they were (perceived to be) cheap, rather than investing actual capital into the company? Hence the multiple debt rounds since then.

Yup, that's what "investments" normally are - essentially just a bank for someone's cash, with no actual investment of benefit to the company.

However, the Saudi's won't be flushing their money away, so if LN has need for a shareholder's injection of cash I'm sure they'll get it.

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49 minutes ago, discgoesmic said:

I wonder if they might call it a day after the 50th anniversary (if it can run) - it sounds like financially it's very hard to pull off these days even without Covid because of prices of the land etc. Making it to the golden 50 would be amazing and in a way feels like the natural stopping point.

It brings in about 40 million+ every year. It's a product that people will pay for. It might need to hibernate for a few years but it's not going anywhere. 

Even if the Eavis's didn't want to do it anymore they don't own all the land. It's such a money spinner you could conceivably see the other land owners in the area coming together to try to do a replacement.

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5 minutes ago, Leyrulion said:

It brings in about 40 million+ every year. It's a product that people will pay for. It might need to hibernate for a few years but it's not going anywhere. 

Even if the Eavis's didn't want to do it anymore they don't own all the land. It's such a money spinner you could conceivably see the other land owners in the area coming together to try to do a replacement.

I reckon it’s even higher as they get £33.5m from ticket sales alone. 🙂

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2 minutes ago, Supernintendo Chalmers said:

It's a sobering thought that in the event of a 2021 cancellation and a rollover of tickets into 2022 (which is fair), my next possible visit will be 2023. Yikes. 

Would you consider volunteering to get into the festival? I'd recommended it!

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1 minute ago, Ozanne said:

Would you consider volunteering to get into the festival? I'd recommended it!

I guess it's an option but working or volunteering usually involves additional days before and/or after the festival so it might mean that I'd need to take between 8-10 days leave rather than the usual 4-5. Plus my day job is pretty intense and Glastonbury is an outlet. To have to work a large percentage of my holiday might be a push, physically and mentally. 

It comes down to how much I really want to go, I suppose. There are always options.

Even more reason for my hope that it goes ahead in 2021! 😄

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1 minute ago, Supernintendo Chalmers said:

I guess it's an option but working or volunteering usually involves additional days before and/or after the festival so it might mean that I'd need to take between 8-10 days leave rather than the usual 4-5. Plus my day job is pretty intense and Glastonbury is an outlet. To have to work a large percentage of my holiday might be a push, physically and mentally. 

It comes down to how much I really want to go, I suppose. There are always options.

Even more reason for my hope that it goes ahead in 2021! 😄

Fair play. Not all volunteering would need additional days. I did it with Oxfam last year, went down on the Tuesday and came back on the Monday. So maybe 1 additional day depending on when you normally head to the site. 

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Just now, Ozanne said:

Fair play. Not all volunteering would need additional days. I did it with Oxfam last year, went down on the Tuesday and came back on the Monday. So maybe 1 additional day depending on when you normally head to the site. 

One thing I would say - while I've bought a ticket for Glastonbury the past few years (and worked at several other festivals instead), that Tuesday (and the Monday if you choose) before the public arrive is probably one of the main benefits of working Glastonbury and the single biggest reason I might get tempted to choose working ahead of ticket buying.

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4 minutes ago, Supernintendo Chalmers said:

I guess it's an option but working or volunteering usually involves additional days before and/or after the festival so it might mean that I'd need to take between 8-10 days leave rather than the usual 4-5. Plus my day job is pretty intense and Glastonbury is an outlet. To have to work a large percentage of my holiday might be a push, physically and mentally. 

It comes down to how much I really want to go, I suppose. There are always options.

Even more reason for my hope that it goes ahead in 2021! 😄

Those are all the reasons I don't want to basically. Add in the fact that my partner absolutely wouldn't want to and I like to spend my holiday with him generally!

Back in 2014 I applied for everything before the resale as was desperate to get in by whatever means possible and would have done it happily then. Having missed a year now (2016) I know I can do other things instead and it's not the end of the world. 

I'd love to go, don't get me wrong, but will leave the volunteering to those that want it enough to go that route.

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13 minutes ago, incident said:

One thing I would say - while I've bought a ticket for Glastonbury the past few years (and worked at several other festivals instead), that Tuesday (and the Monday if you choose) before the public arrive is probably one of the main benefits of working Glastonbury and the single biggest reason I might get tempted to choose working ahead of ticket buying.

That's definitely the biggest temptation for me of volunteering, for sure. Two or three shifts on Wed-Sun for early entry is definitely something I'd do to go, although being overseas makes the training sessions a real problem.

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6 minutes ago, kalifire said:

That's definitely the biggest temptation for me of volunteering, for sure. Two or three shifts on Wed-Sun for early entry is definitely something I'd do to go, although being overseas makes the training sessions a real problem.

For some you can do the training online (Oxfam for sure, don't know about who else) 

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