Organisers of the legendary Glastonbury music festival are begging the government for help in light of the Coronavirus pandemic.
In 2019, the world saw an electrifying Stormzy proving his critics wrong as a headliner, getting his crowd to chant ‘F*** Boris Johnson’.
This year, the festival was cancelled and the tickets were transferred to 2021.
Glastonbury co-organisers Emily and Michael Eavis stated that they are on the ‘verge of declaring bankruptcy’. They also claim to ‘have lost a substantial amount of money’ from cancelling this year’s festival.
As a result, the festival has had to steer away from Stormzy’s stance and ask the UK Government for help.
This situation has arisen due to the reluctance of insurers to provide cancellation cover for the festival. The Eavises and other event organisers are pleading with politicians to launch an insurance scheme, as the commercial insurers aren’t offering cover in the event of a cancellation.
Insurers have come out and said they would be hit with millions of claims and pay-outs, which is why they are not budging on their stance to help the live events sector.
— Emily Eavis (@emilyeavis) September 28, 2020
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport acknowledges the ‘challenging times’ the sector is facing, but they also say there is £400 million support still to come.
Here is hoping that help can be provided to the live events sector and that we can regain a sense of normality next year.
— Glastonbury Festival (@glastonbury) December 8, 2020