Reading and Leeds Festival have both been officially cancelled due to the current ongoing pandemic leaving organisers Festival Republic with no choice but to not go ahead with the August event.
The festival was set to be headlined by Liam Gallagher, Stormzy and Rage Against The Machine as well as featuring performances from Migos, Gerry Cinnamon, Lewis Capaldi, Courteeners, Run The Jewels and many more.
In a statement, organisers have said: “Reading and Leeds Festival will no longer be taking place this year. We’ve been closely monitoring this unprecedented situation and we were hopeful we could deliver the ultimate festival to you in August, something to look forward to in these strange and confusing times. However, it has become clear that it’s just not possible for this year’s festival to go ahead.
We want to extend our gratitude to our teams, artists and partners who work so hard each year. And to our fans, we’re nothing without you – we thank you for your continued support and understanding.
We are working closely with our ticketing partners and they will be in touch very soon to process your refund, or, if you prefer, you can retain your ticket and carry it over to next year. Look out for an e-mail from your ticketing agent and please only contact them if you have not been contacted after 7 days as they are very busy at this time. If you purchased your ticket from a physical outlet, please contact that outlet to obtain your refund.”
Henry Camamile from Sea Girls has revealed his sadness about the somewhat inevitable announcement, his band were due to perform on the BBC Radio 1 Stage at the festival this year and it holds a special place close to his heart: “We grew up as kids going to Reading and Leeds festivals and the decision to form the band (Sea Girls) was made at the festival in 2012. We’re gutted at the news, but know it will be back fiercer, madder and even more beautiful in 2021. Big love everyone!”