The organisers of the annual Glastonbury music festival said on Wednesday they had cancelled this year's 50th anniversary event due to the coronavirus pandemic.

"We are so sorry to announce this, but we are going to have to cancel Glastonbury 2020," organisers said in a statement on Twitter, adding tickets for the 2020 event will roll over to 2021.

The event, which was due to take place from June 24 to 28 at its usual home of Worthy Farm in Somerset was to be headlined by Taylor Swift, Paul McCartney and Kendrick Lamar.

Paul McCartney

Organisers confirmed news of the cancellation via Twitter on Wednesday, saying, "following the new government measures announced this week - and in times of such unprecedented uncertainty - this is now our only viable option".

"We were so looking forward to welcoming you all for our 50th anniversary with a lineup full of fantastic artists and performers that we were incredibly proud to have booked. Again, we're so sorry that this decision has been made. It was not through choice," said organisers Michael and Emily Eavis in a statement.

From small beginnings in 1970, Glastonbury has become one of the biggest events in music with up to 200,000 concert-goers every year.

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