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Reading and Leeds Festivals cancelled due to coronavirus

Story by Jack Foley

THE Reading and Leeds music festivals have been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The festivals, which are two of the biggest in the UK music calendar, were due take place on the bank holiday weekend of August 28-30, 2020.

Liam Gallagher, Stormzy and Rage Against The Machine had been set to headline this year.

The organisers said Reading and Leeds would return in 2021 on the same bank holiday weekend.

Tickets bought for this summer will remain valid, while refunds will also be available.

A statement from the organisers said: “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.

“We want to extend our gratitude to our teams, artists and partners who work so hard each year. And to our fans, we’re nothing without you – we thank you for your continued support and understanding.”