Glastonbury 2020 just announced its line-up - but will it be cancelled because of coronavirus?

Friday, 13th March 2020, 9:54 am
Updated Friday, 13th March 2020, 11:20 am

Glastonbury Festival has added over 90 acts to its line-up, as uncertainty around the festival's viability continues amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Two headliners were already confirmed in Taylor Swift and Sir Paul McCartney, and now organisers have taken to filling in some of the names lower down on the running order.

They also announced the festival's third and final headliner in US rapper Kendrick Lamar, who will top the bill on the Friday.

Other new acts added to the festival include Dua Lipa, Pet Shop Boys, Mabel, Supergrass, Lana Del Rey, AJ Tracey, Manic Street Preachers, Happy Mondays, Sinead O'Connor, Skunk Anansie, Dizzee Rascal, Primal Scream, and Elbow.

'No one has a crystal ball'

This year's event will celebrate the 50th year of Glastonbury, although there are fears it may not go ahead due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

The festival is expected to welcome 175,000 ticket-holders from across the world to its Somerset site on 24 June.

Other large festivals - including Coachella and Texas' SXSW - have already cancelled or postponed their plans, and Glastonbury could go the same way.

"As things stand we are still working hard to deliver our 50th anniversary festival in June," said organiser Emily Eavis, "and we are very proud of the bill that we have put together over the last year or so."

The poster has been released "with the best intentions" given "the current circumstances", and Eavis reiterated that organisers have their "fingers firmly crossed" that the June event will take place.

"No one has a crystal ball to see exactly where we will all be 15 weeks from now, but we are keeping our fingers firmly crossed that it will be here at Worthy Farm for the greatest show on Earth!"

With the story of the coronavirus changing from hour to hour at a dizzying rate, it's not known whether the spread of the disease will have slowed by June.

And if there is a government-imposed lockdown between now and then, it could severely impact the festival's ability to get up and running in time.

Who's on the line-up?

Kendrick LamarPaul McCartneyTaylor SwiftDiana RossAitchAJ TraceyAnderson .Paak & The Free NationalsAngel OlsenAnna CalviThe AvalanchesBanksBaxter DuryBeabadoobeeThe Big MoonBig ThiefBlack UhuruBlossomsBrittany HowardBurna BoyCage The ElephantCamila CabelloCandi StatonCaribouCate Le BonCelesteCharli XCXClairoConfidence ManCrowded HouseDanny BrownDeclan McKennaDizzee RascalDua LipaEarthGangEOBEditorsElbowFatboy SlimFKA twigsFontaines D.C.Gilberto Gil & FamilyGlass AnimalsGoldfrappGreentea PengGroove ArmadaHaimHappy MondaysHerbie HancockImelda MayThe Isley BrothersJARV IS…Jehnny BethThe Jesus and Mary ChainKacey MusgravesKanoKelisKhruangbinKOKOKO!La RouxLana Del ReyLaura MarlingLianne La HavasThe Lightning SeedsLondon GrammarMabelManic Street PreachersMetronomyNadine ShahNoel Gallagher’s High Flying BirdsNubya GarciaThe OriellesPet Shop BoysPhoebe BridgersPrimal ScreamRichard DawsonRobynRufus WainwrightSam FenderSampa The GreatSeun KutiSinead O’ConnorSkunk AnansieSnarky PuppySoccer MommyThe SpecialsSquidThe StavesSupergrassSuzanne VegaThom Yorke Tomorrow’s Modern BoxesThundercatTinariwenTLCTom Misch & Yussef DayesTones And I

Coronavirus: the facts

What is coronavirus?

COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that can affect lungs and airways. It is caused by a virus called coronavirus.

What caused coronavirus?

The outbreak started in Wuhan in China in December 2019 and it is thought that the virus, like others of its kind, has come from animals.

How is it spread?

As this is such a new illness, experts still aren’t sure how it is spread. But.similar viruses are spread in cough droplets. Therefore covering your nose and mouth when sneezing and coughing, and disposing of used tissues straight away is advised. Viruses like coronavirus cannot live outside the body for very long.

What are the symptoms?

The NHS states that the symptoms are: a dry cough, high temperature and shortness of breath - but these symptoms do not necessarily mean you have the illness. Look out for flu-like symptoms, such as aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose and a sore throat. It’s important to remember that some people may become infected but won’t develop any symptoms or feel unwell.

What precautions can be taken?

Washing your hands with soap and water thoroughly. The NHS also advises to cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze; put used tissues in the bin immediately and try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell. Also avoiding touching eyes, nose and mouth unless your hands are clean.

Should I avoid public places?

Most people who feel well can continue to go to work, school and public places and should only stay at home and self isolate if advised by a medical professional or the coronavirus service.

What should I do if I feel unwell?

Don’t go to your GP but instead call NHS 111 or look online at the coronavirus service that can tell you if you need medical help and what to do next.

When to call NHS 111

NHS 111 should be used if you feel unwell with coronavirus symptoms, have been in a country with a high risk of coronavirus in the last 14 days or if you have been in close contact with someone with the virus.

Sources: World Health Organisation and NHS