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Coronavirus: Gate to Southwell Festival cancelled due to government guidelines on distancing measures caused by Covid-19 pandemic

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The Gate to Southwell Festival has been cancelled following the government’s introduction of stricter social distancing measures.

Although the annual festival would not have taken place until early June, the festival committee made the decision to cancel the event now to limit further expenditure.

All ticket holders and traders are being offered a full refund.

Calan performing. (12061919)
Calan performing. (12061919)

Festival director Mike Kirrage said: "We’re really disappointed Gate to Southwell won’t be happening in 2020. It’s been an incredibly difficult and painful decision for us.

"We’ve built this festival from nothing over the past 13 years and its grown into one of the most successful and best-loved music events in the Midlands and contributes hugely to the local economy.

"But given the government’s health and safety guidelines, we have little choice.

“If we don’t cancel now, just 11 weeks away from the festival, we’ll incur major costs. We attract international artists from all over the world; some are already changing their touring schedules, and others will soon have travel expenses.

"If we left the cancellation decision longer, we wouldn’t be in a position to refund our loyal supporters.

“Our sincere apologies to artists, traders and suppliers and our grateful thanks to our army of volunteers all of whom we will miss meeting up with this year. Our aim now is to look forward to providing another top quality festival in 2021."

The committee took the decision to cancel the event having already spent significant amounts preparing for this year's festival, but Mr Kirrage said that cancelling now enables them to secure the future of the festival.

Mr Kirrage added: “While we always have cancellation insurance, this does not cover cancellation due to communicable disease.

"So we would like to thank all of our wonderful supporters and hope to see them next year. More importantly, our thoughts go out to all those affected by health issues, as well as those who will be financially affected by current events.”

The 14th festival was to have been an international extravaganza of roots, acoustic, folk, blues, soul, ska, world and other music styles, set over four days and featuring artists from the USA, Canada, Spain, Italy, France, Ireland and the UK.

For further information on the festival, email m.kirrage@googlemail.com


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