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Music festival 'highly likely' to be postponed

Music festival 'highly likely' to be postponed

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 4:17pm 17th March 2020.

A Cornish music festival says it is "highly likely" it will be postponed until later in the year as another event becomes a casualty of the coronavirus. 

Tunes in the Dunes, whose headline acts include Richard Ashcroft and Ronan Keating, is due to take place between 1st-3rd May on Perranporth beach. However, in a Facebook post, organisers said that it will probably be postponed until later in the year. 

It comes after advice from the Government and Public Health England which announced on Monday that people are to avoid gatherings and crowded places. 

It says it's working with emergency services and local authorities to ensure all measures are put in place to protect festival-goers and is advising guests not to book accommodation or travel for its May dates at this time.

Organisers say it will be publishing a further statement on its website on 1st April, by which time, it said, it should have answers to your questions.

"We would like to update you on our contingency plans at this uncertain time.

T"he Tunes in the Dunes team thoroughly plans each year’s events . We work with the emergency services and local authorities to ensure that all measures to protect festival goers are put into place.

We always review our plans in light of any changing circumstances and are closely monitoring the Coronavirus situation. The advice from Central Government and Public Health England in relation to COVID-19 is constantly being monitored by the team. As you will be aware, part of the advice from 16th March was to avoid gatherings and crowded places.

"There has been no timeline set for when this advice will cease to be relevant but it appears highly likely that it will run up to and beyond 1st – 3rd May. We would therefore like to warn everyone that it is highly likely Tunes in the Dunes will be postponed to later in the year, and we are advising our guests not to book accommodation or travel for our May dates at this time.

"We have been working with the emergency services, council, our acts, suppliers and tide charts to assess potential alternative dates for this year’s festival. The fact our festival is held on the beach means we have some unique challenges when considering alternative dates, such as tide levels; which limit the options available.

"We are sorry to be unable to offer concrete information at this stage due to the uncertainty of the situation, but we will communicate with you as soon as we have news.

"We want to be clear that the event may be rescheduled but will not be cancelled entirely. All of us in the events industry have a responsibility to our acts, crew, suppliers and the local economy who rely on events like Tunes in the Dunes for their livelihood.

"We will do everything in our power to minimise the economic impact of this crisis and thank you for your support whilst the situation evolves.

"We will be publishing a further statement on our website on 1st April, by which time we should have answers to your questions. Whilst our team hunkers down at home our phone lines will be closed.

"We will be publishing updates on our website as soon as we have any and ask for your patience until 1st April when we will be able to share more information.

"One thing we can promise to all of you is that once this crisis is over we will be throwing the biggest party in the south west! In the mean-time please stay safe, wash your hands, and keep smiling. This situation is temporary, and we will get through it!"

The Tunes Festivals team.

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