Eurovision Has Been Officially Cancelled Because Of Coronavirus
The Eurovision Song Contest for 2020 has been cancelled due to the coronavirus.
It was widely tipped the event would be canned because of the Covid-19 pandemic, with organisers wanting to ensure safety is the top priority.
In a statement, Eurovision 2020 said: "It is with deep regret that we have to announce the cancellation of the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in Rotterdam.
"Over the past few weeks, we have explored many alternative options to allow the Eurovision Song Contest to go ahead.
"However, the uncertainty created by the spread of COVID-19 throughout Europe - and the restrictions put in place by the governments of the participating broadcasters and the Dutch authorities - means the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has taken the difficult decision to not continue with the live event as planned."
It's the first time the contest hasn't been run in 64 years.
The statement added that decisions about what would happen next year are still being made and they will soon have an update on how the 2021 contest will look.
"We ask some patience as we work through the ramifications of this unprecedented decision and patiently await further news in the coming days and weeks," the statement read.
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"During that time, we would like to pay tribute to all the Host Broadcaster team in the Netherlands and our 41 Members who have worked so hard planning this year's event.
"We are all heartbroken that the Eurovision Song Contest will not be able to be staged in May but feel confident that the whole Eurovision family, across the world, will continue to provide love and support for each other at this difficult time."
It's one of a number of massive annual music events that have either cancelled or postponed until later in the year.
Glastonbury was formally cancelled today, with organisers Michael and Emily saying they were 'sorry' it wouldn't go ahead.
We are so sorry to announce this, but we are going to have to cancel Glastonbury 2020. Tickets for this year will roll over to next year. Full statement below and on our website. Michael & Emily pic.twitter.com/ox8kcQ0HoB- Glastonbury Festival (@glastonbury) March 18, 2020
In a lengthy statement, they said: "We are so sorry to announce this, but Glastonbury 2020 will have to be cancelled, and this will be an enforced fallow year for the festival.
"Clearly this was not a course of action we hoped to take for our 50th anniversary event, but following the new government measures announced this week - and in times of such unprecedented uncertainty - this is now our only viable option."
They went on to say that they 'very much hope' the situation will have improved in the UK by June, when the festival was planned, but said that even if it was they are 'no longer able to spend the next three months with thousands of crew here on the farm' to get the place ready.
They sent apologies to the 135,000 people who have already paid deposits for tickets for the event and have said people can 'roll their £50 deposit to next year, and guarantee the opportunity to buy a ticket for Glastonbury 2021'.
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