Kendal Calling 2020 cancelled amid coronavirus pandemic

Cumbria's biggest music festival has officially been called off amid the coronavirus pandemic.

This year would've marked the 15th anniversary of Kendal Calling, but organisers have made the 'heartbreaking' decision to cancel it.

It was scheduled to take place from the 30th July – 2st August, at Lowther Deer Park, with headline acts such as the Stereophonics and Primal Scream.

Organisers say they are concentrating their efforts into next year’s festival.

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A statement released on Monday read: "It was not an easy decision but it is the right decision. Your health and the health of those who work behind the scenes and on the stages is and will always be paramount.

"Music, friendship and the great outdoors are going to be more important to us all than ever before as we rebuild our health and communities over the coming months.

  • What if I've bought a ticket?

Ticket holders will receive futher details via email imminently from their place of purchase regarding refund options, organisers say.

Festival goers will also have the option to consider saving their ticket for next year's event.

Kendal Calling, 2015. Credit: PA

A spokesperson from Kendal calling said: "Please be patient with refund requests as ticket outlets are naturally working through a higher than normal number of enquiries. If you are able to keep hold of your ticket, we would ask that you do – your support will allow us to navigate this difficult period.

"For now we turn our attentions to 2021 and the festival gathering of a lifetime; we are working behind the scenes with artists and will be looking to announce 2021’s 15th (again!) birthday celebrations lineup in the coming weeks.

"It will be a 15th year celebration, 16 years in the making, and a once in a lifetime reconnection of our wonderful festival family.

"A phrase we first signed off a Facebook post with in 2008 seems more potent than ever and is sent with more love and anticipation than we can put into words… See you in the fields x

Glastonbury Festival has been postponed until next year. Credit: PA

Kendal Calling is among a long list of high-profile events pushed back or cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Glastonbury Festival, which was due to celebrate its 50th anniversary this year, has been postponed, as well as Radio 1's Big Weekend.

  • More information about Kendal Calling can be found on their website.