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BST, WOMAD and Rewind among latest cancellations

9 April 2020

AEG PRESENTS has cancelled its 65,000-capacity series of BST Hyde Park concerts in July, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

It is its second major London cancellation following the withdrawal of All Points East (cap. 40,000), due to take place 22–31 May in Victoria Park.

While ticket-holders can claim refunds for the latter event, which was cancelled in March, AEG says BST ticket-holders will be contacted directly by the ticket agent they purchased from, before 6 May, with reimbursement instructions.

The American Express-sponsored BST was set for 2-12 July, featuring Taylor Swift, Kendrick Lamar, Pearl Jam and Little Mix. Tickets started at £65.

“After closely following government actions and statements … as well as consulting with our partners [site owner] The Royal Parks and wider agencies, we have concluded that this is the only possible outcome,” state AEG.

Other major festival cancellations include WOMAD (40,000), due to take place on 23–26 July and feature Flaming Lips, Angélique Kidjo and Kate Tempest. Tickets cost £225.

Festival co-founder Peter Gabriel says many of the artistes have already offered, or agreed, to play at the event next year.

“Like many others, we have been hoping, waiting and watching the Coronavirus situation,” he says. “Finally, we have been told that we will not be allowed to hold WOMAD this year at Charlton Park.”

The ’80s music festival brand Rewind has also its three events; Rewind South (40,000) in Henley-on-Thames, Rewind North (20,000) in Cheshire, and Rewind Scotland (30,000) in Perthshire.

“We have spoken with all the artistes involved and are so grateful to them and the venues, and we are excited to announce that we will be rescheduling the dates to next year,” stay organisers.

The Rewind brand was purchased from radio group Global in September last year by a consortium comprising LN-Gaiety, SJM Concerts and founder David Heartfield of Impresario Festival.

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