Reading and Leeds Festival 2020 has officially been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Following in the footsteps of other summer music festivals including Glastonbury and BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend, the annual music festival has been called off.
The festival's official Twitter account announced the news today (May 12), writing: "We're so sorry to announce that Reading and Leeds 2020 will no longer be taking place... Keep safe and see you all next year".
It also attached a longer statement explaining the reasons for the cancellation of the event, which had been due to take place between August 28 and 30 this year at sites in both Reading and Leeds.
"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," the statement reads.
"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."
The message ends on a hopeful note as the organisers say that they are "already counting down the days to when we're back in the fields we call home for the August Bank holiday weekend" and promise that "Reading and Leeds 2021 will be worth the wait".
Ticket holders should wait to be contacted by their ticketing agent to hear details about either receiving a refund or carrying their ticket over to next year's festival.
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