The annual event, which was due to take place between 11th-14th June 2020, has survived all sorts of conditions over the years from a total quagmire to scorching heat, however, it is COVID-19 that has led to the major event being completely cancelled.
Revellers will be devastated at the news as 2020’s line-up was proving to be one of the best yet with headline performances expected from Lionel Richie, Lewis Capaldi, Duran Duran, Snow Patrol and The Chemical Brothers.
In a statement, organisers have said:
“The Isle of Wight Festival will no longer be taking place this year. This decision hasn’t been taken lightly and we have tried our hardest to make it work, but it was unavoidable given the current status.
“The whole team was excited to welcome everyone to the island for another fantastic festival and we extend our sincere apologies to everyone who was looking forward to it as much as we were.
“The safety of our audience, artists, crew and the Isle of Wight community is paramount and we appreciate your patience whilst we’ve been working through this unprecedented situation.
“We’ll be back stronger than ever in 2021 and we hope to see you all again next year.”
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Today’s news is a massive blow for the Island’s economy but comes following advice from the Government and Public Health England and the current lockdown. However, the Isle of Wight Council says it is the right decision and one that it supports.
Council leader, Councillor Dave Stewart, said:
“I understand the disappointment this will bring to many people and the impact on businesses both on the Island and beyond.
“I appreciate how hard it will have been to have made this decision, and I want to thank the festival organisers for making the sensible choice.
“The Isle of Wight Festival is one of the most popular events in the country, and I am confident that it will be back, even stronger, in the future.”
The Isle of Wight Festival organisers are offering all those people who have bought tickets a full refund, or the opportunity to rollover their tickets to next year. This means you will not pay any extra next year and beat any ticket price rises. Ticket providers will be in touch with customers over the next 5 days.
Those with ferry travel plans should visit https://isleofwightfestival.com/news/2020/information-on-pre-booked-ferry-crossings for further information.
For those who purchased through The Price is Wight…
If you wish to rollover your 2020 ticket simply do nothing. Your 2020 ticket will automatically be rolled over to 2021.
If you DO NOT wish to rollover your 2020 ticket to 2021 and require a refund email [email protected] within the next 7 days, including your name, email address and whether you are on a payment plan or full payment ticket. If the company have not heard from you by 09:00 on 2nd April 2020 your 2020 ticket will automatically be rolled over to 2021.