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Glastonbury site may open in 2021 for concerts, family camping

Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis has unveiled proposed plans to host a concert on the festival site this summer despite cancelling the main event earlier this year.

Eavis announced in an Instagram post that they have applied for a licence for a two-night concert series in September and to open the farm as a family-friendly campsite.

The proposed plans have come after the UK’s flagship festival, which was due to welcome 210,000 punters, was cancelled in January for the second year in a row due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Eavis said in her post: “Of course, we’ve no idea yet whether we’ll be able to do that, but we wanted to get the application in to be in with a chance. Unlikely we’ll have any news for a couple of months – but will let you know right here when we do.”

Glastonbury was sold out for 2021 after most people opted to roll over their tickets from 2020 instead of asking for a refund, when headliners Sir Paul McCartney, Taylor Swift and Kendrick Lamar were all due to perform.

Eavis added: “It’s so good to dream up plans and hope that some of these things could potentially happen later this year…”

Shortly after Glastonbury confirmed it would be cancelled, the UK government announced its reopening roadmap, which could see restrictions on social contact in England could be lifted entirely by June 21.

The announcement has led to a series of festivals confirming they would go ahead this year, including Reading and Leeds Festival, Boomtown Fair and Field Day.

Other festivals that have confirmed their intention to go ahead in 2021 include Parklife, Creamfields, and 2,000 Trees.

However, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has not given the green light for large-scale music events to take place in 2021. The UK government will run a number of pilot events in April, with the findings from different sectors to be used to determine whether it will be safe to lift restrictions.

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