Solihull Summer Fest falls victim to coronavirus cancellation, with pledge to return in 2021 - The Solihull Observer

Solihull Summer Fest falls victim to coronavirus cancellation, with pledge to return in 2021

Solihull Editorial 15th May, 2020 Updated: 15th May, 2020   0

A MUSIC festival set to bring Belinda Carlisle and Tony Hadley to Tudor Grange Park has been cancelled.

Solihull Summer Fest, slated for July, has moved its lineup to 2021.

Organisers said those who had bought tickets could request a refund or use their ticket again next year.

They added the majority of musicians already confirmed for next year’s event on the 24-25 July 2021– including Kool & The Gang, Shaggy, Tony Hadley, Belinda Carlisle, Shalamar, SNAP!, Bad Manners and The Blow Monkeys.

Organiser, Ian Rogers, described the situation as “unprecedented” and said the team had been working tirelessly in the past few weeks to move the festival to September. However, it soon became apparent that even if this were legally possible, many people would be understandably nervous about a large gathering at this time.

“This pandemic is affecting all of our families, our businesses, our communities and our way of life. Our hearts go out to anyone who’s been impacted by the virus, either directly or indirectly.

“All 2020 tickets have automatically transferred to 2021 with immediate effect. Anyone who has purchased tickets to date will receive a complimentary Drink Voucher to use at the rescheduled event.

“We hope this gesture goes some way to show our appreciation for how amazing and supportive everyone has been, not just during this difficult time, but throughout our five years of building Solihull Summer Fest.” said Ian.

“A refund option will also be available – an email to all online ticket holders will be going out on Friday 22nd May 2020. We do urge you where possible to carry your ticket forward to 2021 and support this independently-run event.”

Meanwhile, the Solihull Summer Fest team and volunteers having been working hard during the lockdown period to support the work of Age UK Solihull, in helping the elderly and vulnerable who are having to self-isolate. They have provided more than 500 deliveries to the elderly in the borough and met requests for essentials, prescription deliveries, dog-walking and often just a caring ear for a chat.

“Thank you for your support and patience whilst we work through all this. We know there will be lots of questions and we hope to address them as soon as possible. We can look forward to good times together and encourage everyone to stay safe, remain positive and please take care of each other.”

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