Glastonbury decides against one-off September event

The Somerset festival would have been able to host up to 50,000 attendees.

Glastonbury has announced it will not be going ahead with its one-off 2021 event in September.

In May, Mendip Council gave the green light to a scaled-down concert at Worthy Farm featuring 50,000 attendees, a quarter of the usual number, and no camping.

Co-organiser Emily Eavis said the event would be a larger version of the Pilton Party, an annual fundraising concert for villagers, workers and local residents, and would be called Equinox.

Glastonbury Festival 2016 – Day 1
Emily Eavis on site at Glastonbury (Yui Mok/PA)

However, she has now announced the concert will not happen due to “a number of reasons”.

She wrote on Instagram: “Three days until we open the @worthypastures gates and it’s looking so lush on the farm.

“We’ve decided not to go ahead with the September gig idea for a number of reasons, so we’re putting all of our energy into the campsite for now! See you in a few days…”

Worthy Farm is operating as a family-friendly campsite this summer, although live music and sound systems are banned.

Eavis had not provided information on the intended capacity, line-up or ticketing of the September event.

The regular Glastonbury Festival usually takes place in June and attracts around 200,000 people.

It comes after the festival was cancelled for a second consecutive year due to uncertainty around coronavirus restrictions.

Instead, the festival hosted a livestream event featuring acts including Coldplay, Damon Albarn, Haim, Idles, Jorja Smith, Kano, Michael Kiwanuka, Wolf Alice and DJ Honey Dijon.

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