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UK's Glastonbury cancelled again because of coronavirus
In this file photo taken on June 30, 2019 Revellers cheer as Australian singer Kylie prepares to perform at the Glastonbury Festival of Music and Performing Arts on Worthy Farm near the village of Pilton in Somerset, South West England, on June 30, 2019. The organisers of Britain's Glastonbury Festival announced on January 21, 2021 they had been forced to cancel the music event for the second year in a row because of the coronavirus pandemic. Oli SCARFF / AFP.

LONDON (AFP).- Britain's Glastonbury Festival has been cancelled for the second year in a row because of the coronavirus pandemic, the organisers of the blockbuster music event said Thursday.

"With great regret, we must announce that this year's Glastonbury Festival will not take place, and that this will be another enforced fallow year for us," organisers Michael and Emily Eavis said in a statement on Twitter.

"In spite of our efforts to move heaven & earth, it has become clear that we simply will not be able to make the festival happen this year," the father and daughter duo added.

Glastonbury Festival, held on a dairy farm in southwest England, was forced to cancel in 2020 -- the year of the event's 50th anniversary -- because of coronavirus restrictions after some 135,000 people had bought tickets.

Headliners included pop superstar Taylor Swift and Beatles icon Paul McCartney.

This year's cancellation follows warnings earlier this month from the music sector that the coronavirus has devastated the industry, and annual summer festivals could disappear for good without more government support.

UK Music, an umbrella organisation for the £5.8 billion ($7.9 billion, 6.5 billion euro) industry, has held up Glastonbury as an example of the economic impact left by cancelled events.

The festival normally generates over £100 million for the surrounding area, the industry body has said.

Music festivals as a whole normally employ 85,000 people directly each year.

Britain -- one of the countries worst affected by the global health crisis, with over 93,000 deaths -- has seen its music industry hit hard by the pandemic.

Deposits for tickets can be rolled over to 2022.

"We are very confident we can deliver something really special for us all in 2022," the Eavises said.

"We thank you for your incredible continued support and let's look forward to better times ahead."

© Agence France-Presse

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