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A number of Irish festivals have issued statements following extension of government restrictions

By James Fenton

April 22, 2020 at 9:57am

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All Together Now is just one of the festivals that has confirmed its postponement, following the government's extension of mass gathering restrictions.

It was announced last night that the staging of any events that require licensing for 5,000 people or more will not be considered until the end of August. The news left a number of festivals with no choice but to postpone or cancel their events, with Co. Waterford festival All Together Now issuing a statement which said 'it’s with great sadness we announce that this year’s All Together Now will not be able to take place.'

It was added that 'festival tickets for ATN 2020 will be fully valid for ATN 2021 next year and we would ask you to stand with us through this time and hold your tickets. The full statement can be read below...

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Following today’s announcement from the Irish Government extending restrictions on licensed events and gatherings into the summer, it’s with great sadness we announce that this year’s All Together Now will not be able to take place. Like everyone across the world, we’ve been watching the ongoing effects that COVID-19 is having on our everyday lives. The health and safety of our audience, team and performers, plus the extended communities, to which they belong, takes total precedence at this time of global crisis. Being ‘All Together’ has never been more poignant. While for now, we can’t be together physically, we must be together in spirit by following HSE & Government guidelines, supporting frontline staff, our local communities, independent businesses and artists who need our support more than ever. The decision of this year's festival not going ahead is not one we have taken lightly. In these unprecedented and uncertain times, we had no choice. This will no doubt have severe implications​ on everyone involved from artists, ​technicians, crew, suppliers, traders, charity partners​ ​and all those who work year-round to make the festival happen and just as importantly, our amazing audience for whom festivals are a place of freedom, inspiration and escapism. Festival tickets for ATN 2020 will be fully valid for ATN 2021 next year and we would ask you to stand with us through this time and hold your tickets, as an independent Irish festival, doing so will go a long way to our survival through these challenging times. Ticketmaster will be in contact with ticket holders within the next 7-days. We have never needed something to look forward to as much as we do now! We promise that we will continue to work tirelessly to make next year's festival an unforgettable celebration of TOGETHERNESS - All Together Now 2021 July 30 to August 1. We’re looking forward to seeing you then and in the meantime... Stay Home, Stay Safe & Stay Positive. Love, ATN Team x POD Family www.alltogethernow.ie // Over 21’s // Subject to license

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Meanwhile, Saltwater in Mayo moved their inaugural festival, which was due to feature Dermot Kennedy and The Coronas, to 2021. The following statement was issued last night...

https://www.instagram.com/p/B_QJTlXFaTo/

As well as that, Body & Soul founder Avril Stanley said 'this is a challenging time for everyone, including the Body & Soul family, and I am heartbroken to confirm that Body&Soul 2020 cannot go ahead due to updated Covid-19 restrictions guidelines that were issued by the government'...

https://www.instagram.com/p/B_QP--zju9D/

Finally, Wicklow's Kaleidoscope said 'rest assured we will be back next year and can’t wait to welcome you all back in June 2021'...

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Kaleidoscope Festival Cancellation Statement This year’s Kaleidoscope festival will no longer be taking place this summer, due to the Government directive that there will be no mass gatherings in Ireland until Autumn. Rest assured we will be back next year and can’t wait to welcome you all back in June 2021. We will return better than ever, with an amazing festival and line-up with very special treats and new activities to enthral and entertain all. We can’t wait to see you all then. Thank you, as ever, for your continued support and also thanks to Russborough House, our partners, artists, crew and all those involved working on our festival. Your ticket refund is available from the original point of purchase, or if you prefer, you can retain your ticket and carry it over to next year. If you booked online or by phone, Ticketmaster will process your refund directly back to you via your original payment method, which will take up to seven working days to process. In the meantime we will continue to provide you with updates and lots of activities and fun things to do through our Instagram @kaleidoscopeireland from growing sprouts to family discos to making salted caramels at home while you stay safe. The Carnival of Colour will continue and we will all dance again. Kaleidoscope 2021 will take place next year as the final school bell tolls, marking the start of school summer holidays. For now, Stay Home, Stay Safe and Wash Your Hands! Big Love from the Kaleidoscope Family. 🌈

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MCD Productions, which covers a number of summer festivals, has yet to issue a statement. However, it is expected that events under its umbrella such as Longitude, the Malahide Castle gigs and All Aboard Dun Laoghaire will be postponed or cancelled in due course.

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