Since the outbreak of the novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) was confirmed as an official global pandemic by WHO, we have seen every single live show of any size being canceled worldwide. Up until now, it seemed live events further on in the calendar were safe but as things continue to change on a daily basis it is now looking like we may not get any live music until October at the earliest.
Today, The British Country Music Festival became the latest entertainment event to issue a statement confirming the cancelation of their forthcoming weekend run of shows in Blackpool. The festival arrived on the scene last year and became a huge success with many families across the country attending and this September it was set to be bigger and better than ever, but unfortunately, that is not happening now.
Speaking in an official statement released on their website, the event organizers Marin and Marina Blore said: “It is with huge sadness that we have been asked to announce the cancellation of this year’s British Country Music Festival, scheduled to take place from the 4th-6th September 2020, although the festival will be back from the 3rd-5th September in 2021.
Our venue partner, the Winter Gardens, Blackpool, has now closed following government advice and as a result of Covid-19 they have lost several international, large events that under normal circumstances, help to keep the town and local businesses afloat. When the venue reopens, they need to reschedule these events and there are more events than dates available. We have been asked by the Winter Gardens to make way for Blackpool’s biggest event of the year, The Blackpool Dance Festival, that welcomes 59 countries from all over the world, in order to help the town survive as best it can in these unprecedented times.
Whilst this is hugely disappointing for us and the TBCMF family, it is beyond our control and in a town that relies on the leisure and hospitality industry, people’s jobs and businesses are at risk, so we have agreed to the cancellation.
As you may know, we are an independent festival and this has been a tough time for everyone involved in the events and music industry. Our first priority is to the singer-songwriters, our suppliers and the team who work on The British Country Music Festival. We are delighted, therefore, that almost all the artists we had planned to present to you this year, have agreed to move to next year’s dates”
The full statement is available to read at thebritishcountrymusicfestival.com
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