The first-ever Hideaway Festival, which was set to bring a major event back to V Fest South’s former home in Chelmsford, has been cancelled because of the coronavirus outbreak.
Tom Jones and Grace Jones were revealed as headliners for the inaugural event less than a month ago, with Beverley Knight, Macy Gray and Sinead Harnett also on the line-up. The festival was set for 14th to 16th August 2020, the same weekend V Fest used to be held.
Organisers say they’ve made the decision to call the event off early due to “increasing media speculation of uncertainty regarding the spread of coronavirus”, adding they don’t want public health concerts to detract from the festival experience. The next Hideaway Festival will take place at the same location from 13th to 15th August 2021.
Attempts were made to revive the Hylands Park site as a major event venue in summer 2018 with RiZE Festival, but the event left the city council almost £500,000 out-of-pocket and did not return in 2019.
The full statement reads as follows: “It is with deep regret, we have made the difficult decision to postpone this year’s Hideaway Festival.
“Our decision comes amidst increasing media speculation of uncertainty regarding the spread of Coronavirus and we do not wish for the experience of our festival-goers to be restricted by the potential for any public health concerns at this inaugural event.
“All ticket holders will receive a refund within 2 weeks, please visit your point of purchase for information.
“Hideaway Festival will be returning to Chelmsford 13th to 15th August 2021.
“All enquiries should be sent to [email protected]“
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