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The Great Escape cancels 2020 edition as COVID-19 measures escalate

By | Published on Tuesday 24 March 2020

The Great Escape 2020

Organisers of The Great Escape yesterday announced that the 2020 edition of the showcase festival and music conference – which, of course, includes the CMU+TGE programme – will not now take place.

It’s the latest in a long line of festivals and conferences to cancel or postpone as strict measures are put in place in numerous countries to restrict and delay the spread of COVID-19. The cancellation of TGE 2020 came just hours before the UK government ramped up and legally enforced its COVID-19 measures.

In a statement, TGE said: “We are very sorry to have to say that The Great Escape 2020 will no longer be taking place. 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”.

It added: “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”.

Dates have already been set for the 2021 edition of the festival and conference – 12-15 May – with plans to celebrate the event’s fifteenth anniversary pushed back to then.

The official statement continued: “We are working closely with our ticketing partners at the moment and they will be in touch very soon to process your refund, or, if you prefer, you can retain your ticket and carry it over to next year. If you purchased your ticket from a physical outlet, please visit that store to obtain your refund”.