The organisers of the Isle of Wight Festival say they have made the ‘unavoidable’ decision to cancel this year’s event, amid the coronavirus pandemic.
However, festival boss John Giddings has vowed that the event will return ‘stronger than ever’ in 2021.
Lewis Capaldi, Lionel Richie, Black Eyed Peas, Snow Patrol and Duran Duran were among a stellar line up of acts scheduled to perform on the weekend of June 11-14 at Seaclose Park, Newport.
Today’s announcement comes after the Government confirmed emergency workers would no longer be used at mass gatherings.
The Isle of Wight Festival says the decision has been made to protect the safety of its audience, artists and crew.
The Isle of Wight Council says it supports the decision of the Isle of Wight Festival to cancel the 2020 event.
Council leader, Councillor Dave Stewart, said:
“I understand the disappointment this will bring to many people and the impact on businesses both on the Island and beyond.
“I appreciate how hard it will have been to have made this decision, and I want to thank the festival organisers for making the sensible choice.
“The Isle of Wight Festival is one of the most popular events in the country, and I am confident that it will be back, even stronger, in the future.”
The Isle of Wight Festival is the latest in a long list of music festivals to be affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.
LISTEN: John Giddings chats exclusively to Isle of Wight Radio.
Isle of Wight Festival organiser, John Giddings, spoke to Isle of Wight Radio earlier today (Thursday) about the cancellation of this year's festival. What to do if you have purchased a ticket, what the future holds and what John will be doing with his summer for an Island charity. Please share if you know someone who was going!
Gepostet von Isle of Wight Radio am Donnerstag, 26. März 2020
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Information about refunds can be found here.