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Outdoor music performances at Newark Showground postponed after rise in coronavirus cases

Live outdoor music performances due to take place at Newark Showground later this month have been postponed because of the local spike in coronavirus cases.

Tribute acts were due to perform as part of a drive-in festival, which also included movie screenings, at the showground from tomorrow.

The films will still be shown.

Open air cinema at Newark Showground.
Open air cinema at Newark Showground.

In a statement, organisers Nightflix Drive-in Cinema said: “We have been closely monitoring the case rates in Newark as well as liaising with the local Council, and given current rising coronavirus rates we have taken the difficult decision to postpone the live music element of our festival series of events.

“The safety of our audiences and staff is paramount to us, and given the length of the live music element of our festival series, we believe taking this step is the best decision, while disappointing to us as passionate fans and supporters of live music."

Among the acts due to perform were tributes to The Killers, Abba, Take That, Elton John, and Madness.

Elite Elton will perform at Newark Showground in July. (36851869)
Elite Elton will perform at Newark Showground in July. (36851869)

The live music was due to start on Saturday night with Girl Power, featuring tributes to the Spice Girls, Little Mix and Ariana Grande, along with a screening of Pitch Perfect.

Nightflix said: “We are looking at dates in late October to reschedule our music events and will confirm new timings as soon as possible.

"Ticketholders can find more information on our website”

The Freddie Mercury bio-pic Bohemian Rhapsody will be screened at the showground tonight (Saturday).

Other films lined up include Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, Shaun Of The Dead, Back To The Future and Pretty Woman.

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