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Reading and Leeds 2020 cancelled due to ongoing coronavirus crisis

12 May 2020, 16:32 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

Reading and Leeds Festival organisers have announced that this summer's events will no longer be going ahead due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Stormzy, Rage Against the Machine and Liam Gallagher were due to headline both festivals in August, but today (12 May), organisers have confirmed that the coronavirus pandemic has resulted in both events being cancelled.

In a statement, they write, "Reading and Leeds will no longer be taking place this year. We've been closely monitoring this unprecedented situation and we were hopeful we could deliver the ultimate festival to you in August, something to look forward to in these strange and confusing times. However, it has become clear that it’s just not possible for this year’s festival to go ahead."

Like many other cancelled festivals this year, organisers are offering ticketholders the option to retain their tickets, which will be valid for 2021.

They add, "Finally, we encourage everyone to continue supporting our emergency services, who provide invaluable support and assistance at all our events and we again express our gratitude, admiration and thanks for their dedication and professionalism which is proving so vital at this time."

Lewis Capaldi, Migos, Mahalia, IDLES, AJ Tracey, Fontaines DC, Easy Life, Two Door Cinema Club, Declan McKenna, JPEGMAFIA, girl in red, Beabadoobee, Denzel Curry, and more were also due to play the 2020 festivals.

Reading and Leeds Festivals will return in 2021. Visit and for the more information.
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