The twin-city festival was due to take place across August Bank Holiday weekend with headline sets from Rage Against The Machine, Stormzy and Liam Gallagher. After telling ticket-holders back in March that they were hoping to go ahead and see the event through while “implementing recommendations and instructions appropriately”, now they’ve made the decision to pull the festival until 2021.
“We’ve been closely monitoring this unprecedented situation, and we were hopeful we could deliver the ultimate festival to you in August, something to look forward to in these strange and confusing times,” said organisers Festival Republic in a statement. “However, it’s become clear that it’s just not possible for this year’s festival to go ahead.
“We want to extend our gratitude to our teams, artists and partners who work so hard each year. And to our fans , we’re nothing without you – we thank you for your continued support and understanding.”
We're so sorry to announce that Reading and Leeds 2020 will no longer be taking place. Please read our full statement below. Keep safe and see you all next year ❤️💛 pic.twitter.com/gsKMEzd0Cw
— Reading & Leeds Fest (@OfficialRandL) May 12, 2020
Organisers went on to say that they were working closely with ticketing partners to process refunds, but fans would also have the opportunity to carry their ticket over to next year.”
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“We’re already counting down the days to when we’re back in the fields we call home for the August Bank Holiday Weekend,” they added. “We promise that Reading & Leeds 2021 will be worth the wait.”
This comes after headliners Rage Against The Machine have already postponed many of their reunion tour dates until next year, while Primavera Sound – which was set to take place over the same August Bank Holiday weekend – has also been cancelled until 2021.
A number of figures from the UK Festival scene have spoken to NME about their doubts of large outdoor events being able to return this year – as well as shooting down the idea of festivals with social distancing.
Last month, a number of UK venues also spoke to NME about their concerns and requirements if socially-distanced indoor gigs were to be allowed, with the Music Venue Trust detailing that a number of safe and financially viable solutions were being discussed.