U.K. music lovers will have to wait another year to attend both the annual Glastonbury and C2C (Country 2 Country) Festivals — each has been curtailed yet again to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
This week, it was announced that both events that were scheduled for 2021 have been canceled, in keeping with COVID-19 safety protocol. Both festivals were canceled last year due to the same reason. An official statement was shared on C2C's official website and Twitter on Wednesday, announcing that, "We are sad to say that C2C will not be able to go ahead in March 2021 as planned, but we look forward to seeing you all again in 2022!"
The statement also shared sentiments that many readers would likely agree, "In March of 2020, we could never have foreseen the extent of what has unfolded … the prospect that we would be without C2C for two years running was unthinkable." The organization promises that tickets for this year's canceled event will be valid for the 2022 festival, should one be held.
On Thursday, a similar announcement was blasted on the official website and Twitter account for Glastonbury Festival — the organizers also promise that "tickets for this year will roll over to next year." The terms of the rollover are outlined in the below statement.
A portion of the announcement reads, "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. We are so sorry to let you all down."
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