DCMS Committee: Chair comment on Glastonbury Festival cancellation

By January 22, 2021 Culture, News

The DCMS Committee is holding an inquiry into the future of UK music festivals to establish what support is needed in order for summer festivals to take place. At a hearing this month MPs heard from festival organisers on the need for further support and Government-backed cancellation insurance for events.

DCMS Committee Chair Julian Knight MP said: “The news that the UK has lost the Glastonbury Festival for a second year running is devastating.

“We have repeatedly called for Ministers to act to protect our world-renowned festivals like this one with a Government-backed insurance scheme. Our plea fell on deaf ears and now the chickens have come home to roost.

“The jewel in the crown will be absent but surely the Government cannot ignore the message any longer – it must act now to save this vibrant and vital festivals sector.”