Greenpeace have taken “a big financial hit” following Glastonbury’s cancellations

The festival has continued to support the charity during the pandemic through other means

Greenpeace have said that they’ve taken “a big financial hit” after Glastonbury‘s 2020 and 2021 editions were both cancelled as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

This year’s Worthy Farm festival would’ve been taking place this weekend, but the event was cancelled for the second year running back in January due to the global health crisis.

Speaking to BBC News, Greenpeace events manager Bob Wilson said that Glastonbury’s two enforced fallow years had adversely impacted on the charity’s regular income.

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Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis is one of Greenpeace’s biggest supporters, often donating up to £500,000 after each festival.

“That single donation makes up quite a big chunk of our annual income, so only having one Glastonbury festival in the last four years has been a big financial hit for us,” Wilson said.

Wilson said that the two Glastonbury cancellations have also prevented Greenpeace from “signing up new supporters”, adding that one year “we got 80,000 people signed up across the site, which is no mean feat”.

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ABBA tribute band Bjorn Again perform first on the Pyramid Stage during day two of the Glastonbury Festival on June 26, 2009 (Picture: Jim Dyson/Getty Images)

Glastonbury has, however, continued to support Greenpeace and its other primary charity partners during the pandemic by selling special merchandise and donating proceeds from the recent Live At Worthy Farm livestream and their “family-friendly campsite” at Worthy Farm.

“So they’ve tried to keep it ticking over, but the loss is there for everyone to realise,” Wilson continued.

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“We miss the community, I guess, more than anything; everybody coming together from all over the world to work with us and to meet us.

“We can’t wait for another proper, ‘normal’ Glastonbury, both for the financial boost it gives us, and because it’s the best party in the world.”

You can find out more about Greenpeace and donate here.

The BBC’s Glastonbury Experience is set to be broadcast this weekend, featuring archive sets and classic footage from past festivals.

Glastonbury has been granted a special licence for a one-off event with a live audience in September, which Emily Eavis previously told NME will be called Equinox.

“We’ll call it Equinox if we do it,” Eavis told NME about the planned live event. “We’ve got a licence hearing and we’re working with the authorities to see what we can do, but it’s just one step at a time really.

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