Preston's free music festival Rockprest 2020 cancelled due to Covid-19

Rockprest has announced it has taken the 'very difficult' decision to cancel Preston's free music festival this year due to coronavirus.

By Sean Gleaves
Wednesday, 13th May 2020, 2:12 pm
Updated Wednesday, 13th May 2020, 2:14 pm

The organisers of Rockprest 2020 have announced the event has been cancelled this year after much consideration of the current Covid-19 pandemic.

Preston's free rock festival was due to take place on June 27 and June 28 on Moor Park in Preston, with a lineup of tribute acts from Slipknot to Metallica.

General admission ticket holders will be able to get a 33% refund of the booking fee.

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The organisers of Rockprest 2020 have announced the event has been cancelled this year due to Covid-19. (Credit: Rockprest)

VIP ticket holders are entitled to a full refund of the face value of the ticket.

A spokesperson for Rockprest said: "After much consideration and taking on-board all of the available information in relation to the Global Covid-19 Pandemic, such as likely timescales on restrictions being lifted on mass gatherings, we have had to take the very difficult decision to cancel this year’s Rockprest.

"Your safety and that of everyone involved in putting on festivals like ours has to be our main priority alongside protecting the NHS, supporting Key Workers and Saving Lives.

"Your refund will be issued automatically. You do not need to contact us and you do not need to take any further action."

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has set out the ‘road map’ for easing lockdown in the UK, as part of a three-phase plan to return the country back to normal life.

Mr Johnson announced a number of changes to the current measures in a national address on Sunday (10 May), but these changes only apply to England, as the UK’s four nations have announced their own approach to the next phase of lockdown.

In Scotland, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has stressed the "stay at home" message remains in place, with lockdown extended to 28 May. However, the once per day exercise limit will be removed in Scotland from Monday (11 May).

Wales announced three changes to its lockdown rules on Friday (8 May), while Northern Ireland has outlined a five-stage plan for easing lockdown restrictions.

To read more about how lockdown guidelines differ in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, click HERE.

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