Brighton will be without this year’s edition of The Great Escape festival after an announcement yesterday that it will no longer be going ahead due to the coronavirus pandemic.
A statement posted to TGE’s social media channels read: “We are very sorry to have to say that The Great Escape 2020 will no longer be taking place this year.”
“We’ve not taken this decision lightly. Taking into account that we are only a few weeks out from the event, and the current status of things, this was the best decision for fans, artists, staff and the community. The entire TGE family is so disappointed to have to make this decision and we extend our apologies to everyone who was looking forward to it as much as us” it continued.
The statement confirmed that next year’s edition would take place between 12-15 May 2021, and would act as a belated 15th birthday celebration for the festival.
Aitch was set to headline TGE’s spotlight show, along with Tiffany Calver, Deno and Mae Muller. Other notable acts who were set to perform include Hayley Williams, Jay1 and Fontaines D.C..
The news follows the cancellation of SXSW earlier this month. Both TGE and SXSW are considered by many in the industry to be vital for new music, both serving as huge losses to the industry for the coming year.
Important information regarding TGE20 pic.twitter.com/9UrtMp02I3— The Great Escape (@thegreatescape) March 23, 2020