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Coronavirus: Is York Festival still going ahead?

Coronavirus: Is York Festival still going ahead?

Published by Local Democracy Reporter Chloe Laversuch at 10:19am 8th April 2020.

Organisers of York Festival yet to make an announcement on this summer's event

  • It's still unclear if York Festival is going ahead, following the coronavirus pandemic.
  • It is due to take place in June with acts such as Lionel Richie, Westlife and Madness.
  • Organisers have declined to say whether the event is still on.

The organisers of York Festival – due to take place on June 19 to 21 with headline acts including Lionel Richie, Westlife and Madness – have declined to say whether the event is still due to go ahead following the coronavirus outbreak.

Tickets for the festival – which cost between £50 and £192 for a day pass – were still on sale at 5pm yesterday, Tuesday.

And more than 17,000 tickets have already been sold – the promoters said in February.

A spokesman for the festival said he will let Stray FM know as soon as there is an update.

One person who has purchased a ticket said they have booked accommodation and transport to get to the event – but have had no response from the organisers about whether the festival will go ahead and if refunds will be issued if it is cancelled.

They said Madness, who are due to perform at the event, have cancelled some shows due to take place after the festival due to coronavirus.

People have also been contacting the festival organisers on the event’s Facebook page and Twitter to ask if there is any news about cancellations or refunds.

The festival was granted a licence after a five hour-long meeting in February.