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Radio 1’s Big Weekend cancelled amid coronavirus outbreak


BBC Radio 1 have announced that their planned festival, the Big Weekend in Scotland, has been cancelled due to the ongoing fears around the coronavirus pandemic.

With the likes of Biffy Clyro, Harry Styles and Dua Lipa are planned to headline the event at Dundee’s Camperdown Park from Friday 22 – Sunday 24 May, the decision to cancel the show comes as Scotland cracks down on public gatherings as a health precaution.

Taking to social media to confirm the news, Radio 1 said: “After careful consideration, we have come to the decision that Radio 1’s Big Weekend 2020 in Dundee will not go ahead.

“This decision has been made in conjunction with the advice from the Scottish government, and while we know fans looking forward to purchasing tickets will be disappointed, it is important that we prioritise the health and safety of all those involved.”

The ongoing epidemic of coronavirus disease was first identified in December 2019 in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei in China. As of March 14th, 2020, more than 146,000 cases have been confirmed but the number is thought to be much higher due to substantial under-reporting of cases.

With more than 5,400 people having died from the virus, most of which have come in different provinces of China, coronavirus has now spread to 140 other countries—including mainland Europe, South America and North America.