TRNSMT festival organisers have announced that 2020’s summer festival has been cancelled due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic that is gripping the country. The 2020 edition of the annual Scottish festival, which usually takes over Glasgow Green between July 10 and July 12, has been postponed until next year.
The announcement came after First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s press briefing, on April 23, in which she spoke about an emergence from lockdown. In an announcement made on the festival’s social media, organisers of TRANSMT said: “We are absolutely gutted to announce that due to the comments made by the First Minister of Scotland during the daily briefing on 23rd April, TRNSMT will be unable to go ahead as planned in July 2020.
— TRNSMT Festival (@TRNSMTfest) April 24, 2020
“We did not want to take this step but it is unavoidable. The health and safety of our fans, artists, staff and community will always be our top priority. We can confirm that next year’s festival will take place on the weekend of 9-11th July 2021.”
This years festival featured a stellar line-up including headliners Lewis Capaldi, Liam Gallagher and The Courteeners. This year’s bill was also set to feature performances from the likes of Foals, Snow Patrol, Keane, Sam Fender, Blossoms, Little Simz, Atich, Twin Atalntic, Rita Ora and Ian Brown. It is not yet known if the 2020 headliners will feature on next year’s bill.
Speaking about the line-up of next year’s festival, TRANSMT organisers said: “We are now working hard with all the artist teams to try to get the 2021 line-up as close to this year’s as we can and will be able to update on this fully over the next two weeks. We’d like to thank the artist teams for their hard work in helping us to try and achieve this.
“This 2021 line-up announcement will be made soon and you will be able to either hold on to your ticket and carry it over to next year’s festival in order to secure your place well in advance or request a refund. Your ticket provider will be in touch so look out for an email coming from them soon. Please only get in touch with them if you haven’t been contacted after 14 days as they are very busy at this time.”
The statement concluded, “Finally, TRNSMT would not be the amazing festival that it is, without YOU – our amazing audience so we thank you for your support. Stay at home, practice social distancing and stay safe. We will be back next year to celebrate like never before – see you all then!”
TRANSMT festival is the latest in a growing list of British festivals that are cancelling. This week, Ireland’s Longitude Festival and Derbyshire’s Y Not were added to that list of festivals that have had to cancel their 2020 editions due to the continuing coronavirus crisis.