Doncaster music festival cancelled after Covid 'Freedom Day' is delayed

Organisers of a Doncaster music festival say they are ‘gutted’ after the Government’s delay in easing all coronavirus restrictions forced their upcoming all-day show to be axed.

Saturday, 19th June 2021, 6:10 am

Askern Music Festival has been cancelled for the second year in a row following this week’s announcement that the easing of all Covid-19 restrictions on June 21 – dubbed Freedom Day – will now not go ahead as planned.

The festival at Askern Cricket Club on July 10 was due to feature performances from Brit rockers Feeder, indie favourites The Coral and dance rockers Republica, who were all due to appear on last year’s bill.

But organisers have been forced to axe the festival for another year.

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Askern Music Festival has been cancelled for a second year.

A spokesman said: “It is with huge sadness we have to inform you that the 2021 festival cannot go ahead as planned.

"We’ve explored every avenue we possibly can but after consultations with our health and safety consultant and local authorities, the decision has been made to try again in 2022.

"To say we are gutted is a massive understatement.”

Stating why the show couldn’t take place later this year, a spokesman added: “The amount of suppliers and bands we work with is a huge list and not everyone can make the same dates due to other commitments. We also can’t take the chance that the ‘freedom day’ is pushed back further, causing more problems and issues.”

Tickets will automatically be rolled over to the 2022 date – Saturday 9 July 2022.

However, should you want a refund please make contact via private message on social media or email to [email protected]

The show statement added: “We ask you to support us as much as you can by retaining your ticket. As per last year the refund period will last until September 30. After that point we will assume you are retaining your ticket.”

“We’re still liaising with all the bands as to their availability, however we’re hoping to keep the same line up and add one more huge band to keep the value for money.

Next year’s ticket prices will start from £35 for adults, £15 for juniors and £85 for families. As always, under 11’s are free of charge and don’t require a ticket.