Isle of Wight Festival organisers confirmed at noon today this year’s festival will not take place amid the coronavirus outbreak.
The festival, with a capacity of 90,000 people, was due to take place from 12th to 14th June – the same weekend as Download Festival which was cancelled this morning. Glastonbury’s 50th-anniversary, two weeks afterwards, was cancelled last week for the same reason.
Lionel Richie, Lewis Capaldi, Snow Patrol, The Chemical Brothers and Duran Duran all featured on the Isle of Wight 2020 line-up. Ticket holders will receive a refund or alternatively have the option to carry their ticket over to 2021.
Some ferry companies are allowing those who booked travel to the festival the choice of a refund or a free transfer to other dates, including next year’s festival dates when they are announced.
The full statement reads: “The Isle of Wight Festival will no longer be taking place this year. This decision has not been taken lightly and we have tried our hardest to make it work, but it was unavoidable given the current status. The whole team was excited to welcome everyone to the island for another fantastic festival and we extend our sincere apologies to everyone who was looking forward to it as much as we were.
“The safety of our audience, artists, crew and the Isle of Wight community is paramount and we appreciate your patience whilst we’ve been working through this unprecedented situation.
“We’ll be back stronger than ever in 2021 and we hope to see you all again next year.
“We are working closely with our ticketing partners at the moment and they will be in touch very soon to process your refund, or, if you prefer, you can retain your ticket and carry it over to next year.
“Look out for an email from them very soon and please only contact them if you have not been contacted after five days as they are very busy at this time.
“If you have booked ferry travel with Red Funnel, Wightlink or Hovertravel please go to the Isle of Wight Festival website for information regarding your booking.
“We hope everyone stays safe and we’ll see you in 2021.”
Isle of Wight 2020 line-up poster
Image credits: FlyJesus
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