All Points East has become the latest festival to be canned, as the impact of coronavirus on the world of music continues to grow.
The festival was due to take place over two consecutive May weekends in London. Its impressive line up included Tame Impala, Kraftwerk, The Kooks, Iggy Pop, Johnny Marr, Massive Attack, Thom Yorke, Jehnny Beth, Bombay Bicycle Club and more.
In a statement about the cancellation, the organisers said: “Following the daily escalating developments in the COVID 19 pandemic, we have made the difficult decision that All Points East 2020 will be cancelled. The decision was made following a constant review of recent Government actions and statements, and after further consultation with key partners and agencies it is clear that we are unable to guarantee the safety and wellbeing of those working at and attending the event.
“Alongside the now enforced period of social isolation, the Government has stated that emergency services will not be able to support major events. Furthermore, the projected strain that is being placed on the NHS will push this institution and its staff to levels never seen before. It is therefore inconceivable for us to add any distraction to these organisations. We are fortunate to work alongside the emergency services at our events and want to take this opportunity to express our company’s heartfelt gratitude and admiration for all their professionalism and dedication in tackling this crisis.
“We have a responsibility to our staff, fans, event workers, suppliers and sponsors and for this reason, we felt compelled to seek answers to all our questions before making this final decision. However, safety always comes first and what is happening across the world clearly takes precedent and there was simply no alternative.
Refunds will be available from point of sale, with All Points East’s organisers urging people not to contact them unless they’ve not heard from them by 9 April.
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