Austria’s Snowbombing Festival, which was set to take place from 13th to 18th April, has been cancelled amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Liam Gallagher, The Streets, Foals and Chase & Status were among the artists set to appear at the ski resort festival. Billed as “the world’s greatest show on snow”, Snowbombing has a capacity of 7,000.
Events and gatherings in Austria have been banned by the Government today, and while the ban currently runs to April 3rd, Snowbombing organisers say it’s likely to be extended. The ban applies to all outdoor events with more than 500 people in attendance.
Ticket holders have been offered the choice of a refund or a free transfer of their booking to 2021. Organisers have also given the option of claiming a refund for the festival wristband but retaining the accommodation and taking advantage of the ski resort’s usual facilities.
Headliner Liam Gallagher said on Twitter: “First Abu Dhabi now snowbombing whatever next gutted to have to cancel these gigs but as you know safety first fingers crossed we’ll have a cure for this thing soon and we can get back to the RnR stay safe stay young wash your hands and scrub yer toes LG x”
The full statement reads: “Following discussions with the Austrian authorities, it is with a heavy heart that we have to announce the cancellation of Snowbombing 2020. In brief, our guests can opt for a refund, keep their existing holiday without the festival element or transfer their package to next year’s show.
“Today, the Austrian authorities placed a ban on all outdoor events above 500 people and indoor events above 100. This ban is in place from now until April 3rd and is likely to be extended.
“We understand that this will be disappointing news for you, as it is for us. Snowbombing started in 1999 and this year was to be our 21st festival. The cancellation is unprecedented for Snowbombing but the wellbeing of all guests, artists and crew is our priority.
“We understand that this poses a number of questions regarding what happens next, and we will offer all ticket holders the following options:
“Option 1 – Full refund of your festival package.
“Option 2 – Keep your existing holiday in the ‘hof. Currently, the hotels, ski lifts, bars and restaurants in Mayrhofen are open and your holiday can still take place. If you choose this option we will refund £150 – the value of your festival wristband within your package. We will still be there to manage your holiday and if possible will still be providing some entertainment.
“Option 3 – You can transfer your booking to Snowbombing 2021, the dates of which are to be 5 April – 10 April. If you take this option we will also offer you a 20% refund on this year’s package and 100 euros wristband credit at next year’s show.
“Step 1 – We will send all participants detailed information on the above by 15:00 on Friday 13 March outlining the process in detail and answering any and all questions you may have.
“Step 2 – At this point, your group leader will be emailed a form where you can choose which option you wish to go with.
“Step 3 – Forms need to be submitted no later than 15:00 on Friday 20 March.
“Step 4 – For those that require refunds, we estimate refunds will be processed within 21 days.
“This is new territory for us and many event organisers, but we do have a plan in place and so we ask you to read the above instructions carefully.
“We are busy making alternative arrangements for you and need time to focus on this. You will receive all the information needed in a detailed note on Friday 13th March.
“Thanks again for your understanding and patience. We are truly saddened that we cannot welcome you to Snowbombing 2020.
Image credits: Jenna Foxton / Fanatic / Snowbombing PR
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