Ireland’s Longitude Festival has become the latest event to cancel its 2020 edition due to the coronavirus crisis.
“Following the government’s advice to ban all licensed events over 5,000 capacity until August 31 2020, it is with a heavy heart that we must confirm that Longitude 2020 will no longer be taking place this summer,” the festival wrote in a statement.
“While we are obviously devastated that Longitude won’t be going ahead, the health and safety of our fans and staff is paramount and we fully respect the government’s decision. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the frontline workers currently giving their all to keep us safe.”
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— Longitude Festival (@longitudefest) April 22, 2020
No announcement has yet been made about 2020’s edition of Longitude’s sister festival Latitude, which is due to take place two weeks later (July 16-19) in Suffolk. NME reached out to representatives for Latitude for comment, who revealed that there is no further updates on whether the event will take place.
A whole host of summer festivals have been affected, postponed or cancelled due to coronavirus. Glastonbury is missing its 2020 edition, while Coachella has moved to October, All Points East and BST Hyde Park are off, and many more have announced rescheduled dates.
See a list of every gig, festival and tour affected by coronavirus here.