Ian Brown has announced that he’s stepped down as headliner of this year’s Neighbourhood Weekender festival.
Organisers for the Warrington three-dayer announced earlier tonight (March 3) that the event has been rescheduled and will now take place at Victoria Park on the weekend of September 3-5, 2021.
“Following the recent government announcement we are moving Neighbourhood Weekender to Friday 3, Saturday 4 & Sunday 5 September 2021,” they wrote in a statement.
Brown, who was originally due to headline the Saturday line-up, has now been replaced by James. He took to Twitter this last night (Wednesday March 3) to share the news.
“My Saturday night headline show at NHBD Weekender Festival will now not happen!” he wrote. “I refuse to accept vaccination proof as condition of entry. Refunds are available! X”
My Saturday night headline show at NHBD Weekender Festival will now not happen! I refuse to accept vaccination proof as condition of entry.Refunds are available! X
— Ian Brown (@ianbrown) March 3, 2021
It comes after Brown last month (February 26) tweeted that he would “NEVER sing to a crowd who must be vaccinated as a condition of attendance.NEVER EVER!”
I will NEVER sing to a crowd who must be vaccinated as a condition of attendance. NEVER EVER!
— Ian Brown (@ianbrown) February 26, 2021
NBHD Weekender also shared the news of about Brown’s departure from the bill, in addition to thanking festival-goers for their “patience and continued support for the event. You really are the best!”
However, following Brown’s comments, the festival took to Twitter to assure fans no decisions had yet been made regarding vaccination passports and that they could comply with any safety restrictions put in place when they’re announced.
“We want to assure ticket holders and those about to buy tickets for NBHD Weekender, like all festivals this summer, we will comply with the conditions outlined by the Government through the Local Authority.
“No decisions will be taken by Government until June 21 at the earliest. We are working with other festival organisers and look forward to a safe return to open-air events this summer.”
— NBHD Weekender (@nbhdweekender) March 4, 2021
The festival’s line-up also includes Friday headliner Gerry Cinnamon, Sunday headliners Catfish And The Bottlemen, plus Sam Fender, Circa Waves, Shed Seven, The Wombats, Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott, Pale Waves, Miles Kane, Easy Life and more.
Full update on #NBHDWKND21 below. We can't wait to see you this September!
— NBHD Weekender (@nbhdweekender) March 3, 2021
All tickets will remain valid for the new dates. For those that can no longer attend, they are advised to contact their ticket agent to arrange a refund.
VIP packages are also available which include dedicated entrances and food traders, a VIP Bar, chill out area, posh toilets and a viewing platform to the main stage (subject to capacity). Coach packages are also available at Big Green Coaches here.