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22nd Apr 2020

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

James Fenton

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…

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…

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’…–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’…

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.