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London's Wide Awake festival cancels debut 2020 event due to ongoing coronavirus crisis

07 April 2020, 12:22 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

London's Wide Awake has cancelled its debut festival in June following the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Brockwell Park was expected to host the debut Wide Awake festival on 5 June, but organisers have today announced it will no longer take place in 2020 due to the spread of COVID-19.

Metronomy, Squid, Black Country, New Road, The Murder Capital, Charlotte Adigery, Lazarus Kane, Marie Davidson, Goat Girl, Shame, black midi, Daniel Avery, The Comet Is Coming, and more were due to play the debut Wide Awake event in June.

In a statement on their site, organisers write, "It deeply saddens us to announce Wide Awake is unable to take place this year. Due to the continued spread of Coronavirus and the current public health crisis, we have to confirm that Wide Awake has been cancelled this year. We support any decision taken in order to avoid additional pressure being placed on both The Health and Emergency Services whilst these organisations continue fighting on behalf of us all on the frontline."

They add, "It is our responsibility to take your safety and those around us as our main consideration, and with that in mind Wide Awake will save its launch until 2021."

Wide Awake's statement also details options for refunds, "For those who would like to join us next year we will carry your ticket over and we promise to deliver an unforgettable lineup with the same spirit of diversity and equality that we have been working so hard to champion. If however you do wish to receive a refund you will have the full face-value of your ticket returned to you…further details covering how to go about obtaining a refund will be posted in due course on our website."

Visit to read the full statement.
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