Glastonbury Festival has cancelled its 2020 event due to the coronavirus.

The UK’s flagship music festival – due to celebrate its 50th anniversary this year – has offered 2020 ticket holders the chance to roll their deposits over to next year or obtain a refund through See Tickets.

The 2020 edition of the largest greenfield festival in the world, originally scheduled to take place in June at Worthy Farm, was expecting more than 210,000 punters after an agreed increase from last year.

Organisers apologised to the 135,000 people who have already paid a deposit for their tickets and acknowledged the difficulty in securing a Glastonbury ticket. It has now offered all those people the chance to roll their £50 deposit over to next year, and guarantee the opportunity to buy a ticket for Glastonbury 2021.

Refunds can be secured through See Tickets “in the coming days” and will remain available until September this year.

Rollovers will occur automatically for those who opt in with more details on rolling over coach packages, official accommodation bookings and local Sunday tickets to be added to its website in the coming days.

Organiser Emily Eavis said in a statement: “Clearly this was not a course of action we hoped to take for our 50th anniversary event, but following the new government measures announced this week – and in times of such unprecedented uncertainty – this is now our only viable option.

“We very much hope that the situation in the UK will have improved enormously by the end of June. But even if it has, we are no longer able to spend the next three months with thousands of crew here on the farm, helping us with the enormous job of building the infrastructure and attractions needed to welcome more than 200,000 people to a temporary city in these fields.”

Elsewhere, K-Pop supergroup BTS has postponed ticket sales for the European leg of its world tour, scheduled to take place in July, due to the coronavirus.

Ticket presales for official BTS fandom members have been rescheduled to April 20 from the original date on Wednesday. Tickets will go on sale for the general public May 1, later than April 29 as previously scheduled.

The European leg is to kick off in London on July 3 and then move to Berlin and Barcelona.

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