Coronavirus: Radio 1 Big Weekend cancelled amid Scottish events ban

 Coronavirus: Radio 1 Big Weekend cancelled amid Scottish events ban

Radio 1’s Big Weekend Festival, which was set to take place in Dundee in May, has been cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The Scottish Government has called for all gatherings of over 500 people to be cancelled because of the pressures they place on emergency services.

In a statement, Big Weekend organisers said: “After careful consideration we have come to the decision that Radio 1’s Big Weekend 2020 in Dundee will not go ahead.

“The decision has been made in conjunction with our event partners, in line with the advice from the Scottish Government, and while we know fans looking forward to purchasing tickets will be disappointed, it is important that we prioritise the health and safety of all those involved.”

Dua Lipa and Harry Styles were set to headline the festival at Dundee’s Camperdown Park, with 70,000 expected to attend between Friday 22nd and Sunday 24th May.

Camila Cabello, Calvin Harris, AJ Tracey and Biffy Clyro also featured on the line-up.

In response to the cancellation, leader of Dundee City Council John Alexander said: “

This is a sensible decision and I am sure that people will understand why it has been made.

β€œCancellations are being announced across sport and entertainment as authorities move to deal with a global situation.

β€œI can fully appreciate that there will be disappointment at this announcement, and as a music fan I share that, but these actions need to be taken now. The health and safety of the public is paramount.

β€œMy advice to everyone is to closely follow the guidance that is being issued by the NHS and Scottish Government.”

Big Weekend is the second British festival to be cancelled due to coronavirus. Hideaway Festival, an attempt to bring a new festival to the former site of both V-Fest South and the failed RiZE Festival in Chelmsford, was cancelled earlier this week, citing uncertainty as the cause.

Radio 1 Big Weekend Dundee 2020 line-up poster

Image credits:
Dua Lipa: Harold Krichel / CC BY-SA 4.0
Simon Neil of Biffy Clyro: Achim Raschka / CC BY-SA 3.0
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