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Coronavirus: Gate To Southwell Festival cancelled

Posted onPosted on 20th Mar

The Gate To Southwell Festival has been cancelled because of social distancing measures to stop the spread of coronavirus.

Mike Kirrage, festival director, said: “It’s been an incredibly difficult and painful decision for us. We’ve built this festival from nothing over the past 13 years and its grown into one of the most successful and best-loved music events in the midlands and contributes hugely to the local economy.

“But given the government’s health and safety guidelines, we have little choice.

“If we don’t cancel now, we’ll incur major costs.

“We attract international artists from all over the world; some are already changing their touring schedules, and others will soon have travel expenses.

“If we left the cancellation decision longer, we wouldn’t be in a position to refund our loyal supporters. 

“Our sincere apologies to artists, traders and suppliers and our grateful thanks to our army of volunteers all of whom we will miss meeting up with this year.

“Our aim now is to look forward to providing another top quality festival in 2021.

“All ticket buyers will receive a full refund of the ticket price, as will traders who have paid us a deposit.”

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