The annual BST Hyde Park concert is the latest event that has been cancelled due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
“It is with great sadness that we have made the difficult decision to cancel BST Hyde Park 2020,” a press statement posted today, 8 April, reads.
What would have been its eighth year, the festival was set to feature Taylor Swift, Kendrick Lamar, Little Mix, Post Malone, Pearl Jam and Duran Duran as headliners and originally scheduled to take place two weekends in July, 3-5 and 10-12.
Nile Rodgers & Chic and Gwen Stefani were also among the original line-up of performers for the 2020 event.
The BST performance would have marked Duran Duran’s first London show in five years (and their only gig in the capital in 2020), and a celebration of the band’s four decades together. Their self-titled debut album will reach its 40th anniversary next year.
It is with a heavy heart that we have decided not to go ahead with BST Hyde Park 2020. Please read our full statement below or here: https://t.co/MlVFWx3o02
Sending you all love and positivity during these difficult times. Look after yourselves, stay safe, and see you next year. pic.twitter.com/ETj6CiyZE0
— BST Hyde Park (@BSTHydePark) April 8, 2020
“After closely following government actions and statements during the COVID 19 pandemic, as well as consulting with our partners The Royal Parks and wider agencies, we have concluded that this is the only possible outcome.
“This would have been the 8th year of this event and we were looking forward to putting on amazing, unique shows for hundreds of thousands of fans in the world’s greatest outdoor venue. But safety always comes first.”
Along with festivalgoer safety, the organisers also expressed they didn’t want to, “place any extra strain on the emergency services,” who would be required to support the event.
“We also have a responsibility to our staff, fans, event workers, suppliers and sponsors, so we have been closely monitoring all developments before making a final decision. We would like to thank them for their excellent work and we look forward to seeing you all next year when we can celebrate once again.”
Fans who already purchased tickets will be contacted by the local ticket agencies by 6 May with more details.
Visit the event’s official website for more details.