Glastonbury 2020 cancelled: Revelers recreate the festival in their garden

Party-loving Brits across the country have taken to Twitter to share pictures of how they are recreating Glastonbury in their garden, after the coronavirus pandemic saw the 50th anniversary of the festival cancelled. 

The festival had originally been due to take place this weekend, from June 25-29, however virtual celebrations will be aired instead. 

Taylor Swift, Paul McCartney and Kendrick Lamar were due to headline at Worthy Farm, Somerset, from June 24 to 28. 

And would-be revellers certainly didn’t let lockdown dampen their spirits, going all out with vibrant outfits, face paint, and booze-a-plenty – even pitching tents and faux stalls in their own gardens. 

Many used the hashtag ‘GlastHOMEbury’, an online replacement of the festival, that has been organised by Sarah Emberson.

Brits across the country have taken to Twitter to share pictures of how they are recreating Glastonbury in their garden, after the coronavirus pandemic saw the 50th anniversary of the festival cancelled. Celebrating in her garden, Twitter user Alex Amso wrote: ‘Our very own Glastonbury in the comfort of our own home! The next best thing when we can’t be there in person’

Many used the hashtag 'Glasthomebury', an online replacement of the festival, that has been organised by charity worker Sarah Emberson. Sophie Brown was seen celebrating in her garden complete with banner and a sign to the 'toilet'

Many used the hashtag ‘Glasthomebury’, an online replacement of the festival, that has been organised by charity worker Sarah Emberson. Sophie Brown was seen celebrating in her garden complete with banner and a sign to the ‘toilet’

The festival had originally been due to take place this weekend, from June 25-29, however virtual celebrations will be aired instead. Ben Claughlin had the full set-up, complete with tents, a 'Glasthomebury 20' sign and a pool

The festival had originally been due to take place this weekend, from June 25-29, however virtual celebrations will be aired instead. Ben Claughlin had the full set-up, complete with tents, a ‘Glasthomebury 20’ sign and a pool

The charity worker revealed the initiative back in March, and confirmed that they would be raising money for charity while encouraging social media users to watch the BBC’s TV line-up of acts including David Bowie.

The virtual home event is not officially linked to  Glastonbury, but has its backing and will see Glasto-lovers purchase six tickets for their government-approved ‘bubble’ – with proceeds from tickets going to Mind; NHS Charities Together, the NSPCC, Refuge and The Trussell Trust, and a nationwide network of food banks.

Sarah told BristolLive: ‘Back at the end of March we thought ‘what will we do without Glastonbury? It’s their 50th year!’

Chris Johnston chose a bubble of four friends for the virtual festival, which sees ticket profits donated to various charities. The group even had signs pointing to the closest 'bar'

Chris Johnston chose a bubble of four friends for the virtual festival, which sees ticket profits donated to various charities. The group even had signs pointing to the closest ‘bar’ 

Taylor Swift, Paul McCartney and Kendrick Lamar were due to headline at Worthy Farm, Somerset, from June 24 to 28. Ellen Cross said: 'Have had to put my tent up in my living room for #Glasthomebury as I'm missing festival season so much'

Taylor Swift, Paul McCartney and Kendrick Lamar were due to headline at Worthy Farm, Somerset, from June 24 to 28. Ellen Cross said: ‘Have had to put my tent up in my living room for #Glasthomebury as I’m missing festival season so much’

Callum Thompson joked: 'We declare Glasthomebury open. No wristband no entry', as he and his girlfriend went all out with face paint

Callum Thompson joked: ‘We declare Glasthomebury open. No wristband no entry’, as he and his girlfriend went all out with face paint

‘We want people to recreate the festival experience at home, whilst watching and listening to Glastonbury on the BBC, this year is all about nostalgia.

‘Their TV line-up looks amazing and we get to watch David Bowie’s set, which is always the one that fellow Glasto fans say really stands out. I’m excited to see it.’

Festival bosses took the decision to axe the event before 1 April, when festival-goers were due to pay the remaining balance of their £270 tickets.

Tickets will be rolled over until June 2021, when the festival has been rescheduled for.

Seen:  Jo Whiley and Mark Radcliffe at Worthy Farm filming for BBC Two’s The Glastonbury Experience Live. Viewers can see a range of programming for music lovers from Thursday 25 - Monday 29 June across BBC television, BBC iPlayer, BBC Radio and BBC Sounds

Seen:  Jo Whiley and Mark Radcliffe at Worthy Farm filming for BBC Two’s The Glastonbury Experience Live. Viewers can see a range of programming for music lovers from Thursday 25 – Monday 29 June across BBC television, BBC iPlayer, BBC Radio and BBC Sounds

Fearne Cotton paid tribute to the cancelled festival by posting a throwback with Emma Willis at the celebration

Fearne Cotton paid tribute to the cancelled festival by posting a throwback with Emma Willis at the celebration

Katie Tysome set up an impressive drinks stall as she got ready to celebrate the festival virtually

Katie Tysome set up an impressive drinks stall as she got ready to celebrate the festival virtually

Brett John vowed to 'bring the festival home' as he dressed up and got some colourful cocktails ready for the virtual event

Brett John vowed to ‘bring the festival home’ as he dressed up and got some colourful cocktails ready for the virtual event

David Jackson set up an impressive tent in the garden for the home version of the festival

David Jackson set up an impressive tent in the garden for the home version of the festival

In a statement, the founders wrote: ‘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.

‘We very much hope that the situation in the UK will have improved by the end of June.

‘But even if it has, we are no longer able to spend the next three months here with the thousands of crew here on the farm, helping us with the enormous job of building the infrastructure and attractions to welcome more than 200,000 people to a temporary city in these fields.’

Viewers can see a range of Glastonbury-related programming for music lovers from Thursday 25 – Monday 29 June across BBC television, BBC iPlayer, BBC Radio and BBC Sounds. 

Niamh shared their bubble of five celebrating at home. The virtual home event is not officially linked to Glastonbury, but has its backing and will see Glast-lovers purchase six tickets for their government-approved 'bubble

Niamh shared their bubble of five celebrating at home. The virtual home event is not officially linked to Glastonbury, but has its backing and will see Glast-lovers purchase six tickets for their government-approved ‘bubble

Proceeds from tickets going to Mind; NHS Charities Together, the NSPCC, Refuge and The Trussell Trust, and a nationwide network of food banks. Joshua Heather celebrated with tents

Proceeds from tickets going to Mind; NHS Charities Together, the NSPCC, Refuge and The Trussell Trust, and a nationwide network of food banks. Joshua Heather celebrated with tents

Marian shared a picture of her household celebrations complete with summer house, a projector and speakers

Marian shared a picture of her household celebrations complete with summer house, a projector and speakers

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