Glastonbury Festival organisers respond to coronavirus fears ahead of 2020 event

4 March 2020, 12:53 | Updated: 16 March 2020, 21:10

The Head of Event Operations has given an update on the Somerset festival and revealed they will "continue to plan and prepare for the event" but will be "closely monitoring developments" of the virus.

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Glastonbury organisers have responded to fears surrounding live events amid growing fears over coronavirus.

The virus has already caused various musicians to postpone their live dates in Asia and Europe, and disrupted sports fixtures such as The Six Nations, causing festival-goers to ask for an update on various live music events.

As reported by Somerset Live, the festival has now responded to concerns over Glastonbury, which will celebrate its 50th anniversary from 24-28 June this year.

As reported by the outlet, Adrian Coombs, Glastonbury Festival’s Head of Event Operations, said: "Glastonbury Festival thoroughly plans each year's event, and puts in place all necessary measures to protect the public and maximise safety.

"We work closely with all of the relevant agencies, including Public Health England and the NHS, and always review our plans as any circumstances change.

"With this in mind and with our 2020 Festival still 16 weeks away, we continue to plan and prepare for the event, whilst at the same time closely monitoring developments with the coronavirus situation."

So far, the likes of Stormzy, Sam Fender, Foals, Mabel, Green Day, New Order, Pixies, and The National have been forced to cancel dates due to fears over the virus.

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So far, Sir Paul McCartney and Taylor Swift have been confirmed as the first headliners for Glastonbury Festival, playing the Saturday and Sunday night respectively.

Lana Del Rey has also been confirmed by Emily Eavis to play the Pyramid Stage, but it is not yet clear when she will play or whether it will be a headline set.

Motwon Legend and The Supremes singer Diana Ross will play the coveted Sunday Legends slot on the Pyramid Stage, following in the footsteps of the likes of Barry Gibb, Dolly Parton, Lionel Richie and Kylie Minogue.

Elsewhere, Manic Street Preachers seemed to have confirmed themselves for the festival, alongside The Streets' Mike Skinner, Carl Cox, Fun Lovin’ Criminals, Crowded House, Clairo, Burna Boy and Jesse Malin.

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