Traders and charities who had been set to function at this yr’s Glastonbury Festival have spoken about how the occasion’s cancellation may imply a lot of their companies “will not survive.”
Glastonbury 2020 was cancelled earlier this week (March 18) because the UK continues to be affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
Over 200,000 ticket holders and staff attended the occasion in 2019. Aside from the frustration of music followers – whose tickets will stay legitimate for the subsequent festival, presently postponed to 2021 – small companies and charities are set to lose out because of the transfer.
Speaking to the BBC, a number of traders who had been resulting from work at Glastonbury have voiced their fears about what it may imply for his or her livelihoods.
Liz Hollinghurst, who has labored on the occasion for a number of years, stated: “Butleigh Cricket Club, which I volunteer for, was going to be stewarding the Sticklinch tenting space this summer season. The influence on us as a membership is huge, though we totally perceive why the festival has been postponed.
“I’ve also got friends who help build and take down the festival, and that can start in April so they could lose as much as four months’ work. It’s a scary time for all of us.”
Hannah Bennett, who sells sustainable clothes by way of her Rainbow Rebel stall, stated the sheer measurement of Glastonbury of their enterprise calendar meant that the influence could possibly be extreme.
“Like many other festival traders at this time of year, all our money is tied up in stock and paying pitch fees,” she defined. “Glastonbury is the ‘big one’, where we get seen by the most festival-goers which does lead to more online sales.”
She added: “It is a deeply worrying time where many businesses will not survive.”
Shortly after information of the festival’s cancellation broke, the BBC announced plans to broadcast “a celebration of Glastonbury” this summer.
“We, along with the Eavis family, are saddened that understandably, the Glastonbury Festival can’t take place,” an announcement from the BBC press workplace stated.
“We are already looking forward to next year’s festival at Worthy Farm and will now look at providing our audiences with a celebration of Glastonbury in June.”