BST Hyde Park won’t be returning this year (Picture: Getty Images)
BST Hyde Park 2021 has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, with the festival set to return in 2022.
Stars Duran Duran and Pearl Jam, who were due to perform, will return for the 2022 festival, and tickets from this year will be valid for next year’s event.
Organisers announced the sad news on social media, writing: ‘It is with a heavy heart that we announce that BST Hyde Park will not take place in July 2021.
‘We are however happy to share that Duran Duran and Pearl Jam will go ahead in July 2022.’
‘Following our review of the most recent government advice, the latest timeline means that we are unable to deliver with certainty the quality BST Hyde Park is known for in the time available,’ the statement continued.
‘By making this decision at this stage we allow artists, crew, fans, and everyone that comes together to help create these shows to plan accordingly.
‘We’d like to take this opportunity to thank the NHS and all the incredible organisations and individuals who have been working tirelessly in these past twelve months to keep the country safe.
‘Your efforts are enormously appreciated.’
It’s the second year in a row that the festival has been cancelled over the coronavirus crisis, with the organisers insisting last year that ‘safety comes first’.
With pretty much all events being cancelled last year, festivals are still facing uncertainty this year, despite the fast roll-out of Covid-19 vaccines in the UK.
Glastonbury won’t be happening in the summer, but organisers are considering a September event.
Duran Duran are set to return next year (Picture: Getty Images)
Meanwhile, at Reading & Leeds, it looks likely that guests will have to prove they’ve had the vaccine.
Speaking to the BBC on Tuesday, festival boss Melvin Benn said that it was ‘almost certain’ that guests at Reading & Leeds would have to prove they had either been vaccinated against Covid-19 or had tested negative for the virus through a form of digital passport.
The idea of vaccine passports has been controversial and the Government ministers have previously denied they would come into place.
Some music venues are willing to implement vaccine passports if it would help bring larger crowds through their doors.