The Isle of Wight Festival and Download Festival are the latest major events to announce their cancellation as the coronavirus continues to spread across the globe.
They follow Glastonbury, which announced it would be pulling the plug on its 50th anniversary celebrations last week.
In a statement, the Isle of Wight team said their decision was “unavoidable” and vowed to return “stronger than ever” in 2021.
Download 2020 will not be going ahead, read the full statement here. pic.twitter.com/zyMSk91iMu
— Download Festival (@DownloadFest) March 26, 2020
Download, meanwhile, vowed to assemble an “amazing line-up for 2021”.
The 2020 edition of Isle of Wight Festival was set to be headlined by the likes of Lionel Richie, Lewis Capaldi, Snow Patrol, The Chemical Brothers, and Duran Duran.
Isle of Wight Festival 2020 Statement pic.twitter.com/sn8lTj5NHp
— Isle of Wight Fest (@IsleOfWightFest) March 26, 2020