Live at Leeds music festival cancelled for first time in 13 years due to coronavirus

Live at Leeds music festival will not be held in 2020 due to coronavirus - despite an attempt to save the event by pushing it back to November.

Wednesday, 23rd September 2020, 1:42 pm
Updated Wednesday, 23rd September 2020, 1:46 pm

The festival originally rescheduled the event from May to November in a statement release in April.

The statement read: "The difficult decision to reschedule the event, originally planned for May 2nd, has been made following government guidelines and advice regarding the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

"The health and safety of our audience, artists, staff and crew is our priority and given these extraordinary circumstances, it has become clear to us that the safe and sensible decision is to reschedule the 2020 edition of Live at Leeds to take place in autumn.

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"This is the first time in 13 years we’ve had to move Live at Leeds, and doing so brings significant challenges for the festival and the artists alike.

"But though this virus has brought unprecedented disruption across all industries and around the world, we are determined that it won’t stop us providing you with the event we all deserve when this is over."

However, in a statement released today, the festival said it is not possible for the event to go ahead due to the pandemic.

Refunds are now available at the point of purchase, festival organisers said.

Music lovers were urged by the festival to return to gigs and support the industry once the pandemic is over.

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