Supersonic Festival 2020 – cancelled


We are heartbroken to inform you that Supersonic Festival 2020 will be cancelled, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  This was a difficult decision to make, but we know it is the right one in the context of this unprecedented, global public health situation. Our top priority is to protect the health and wellbeing of our incredible team, our artists, audiences and our volunteers – and to do our part to keep pressure off our public health services.

As you may well be aware music venues, theatres and cinemas are now closed, and several major music festivals in the UK and across the world have already been cancelled. The UK government and Public Health England have indicated that restrictions may need to remain in place for several months.  There is so much uncertainty around how this situation is unfolding – it makes it nearly impossible to plan and produce a festival in July.

Furthermore, our event insurance would not cover us for any changes necessary as a result of Coronavirus and therefore Capsule (the organisation that produces Supersonic Festival)  would have had to bear the financial liability of cancelling our event. Given these considerable compound risks, we have regretfully decided that we have no alternative but to cancel this year’s festival at this stage.We have come to this conclusion after extensive consultation with our board, funders, partners and the artists in the festival, who all agree this is the right thing to do.

For us this decision is devastating. The team have been working so hard behind the scenes – we had an amazing line up and had also secured a brand-new location for the festival this year. But we are making this decision to protect the future existence of the organisation. We want to be here in the future and we will be back with another incredible festival in 2021.

As an organisation we have weathered a fair bit over our 20 years, but we have never experienced anything on this scale.

You can help us to continue our work of crafting extraordinary events for curious audiences, helping us to support artists and our freelance workers by donating what you can. HERE

You can also support the artists who were due to perform at Supersonic this July via buying their music directly from them – we’ve put a list together HERE

For the many of you who have already bought tickets, and group tickets, we know you will share our deep disappointment.

Refund options for tickets purchased for Supersonic 2020 Options:

  1. Waiver your refund; this will support Capsule short-term through these difficult and uncertain times and it will help us recoup cancellation costs. It will also help ensure the longer-term future of the organisation and the vital role we play within and wider arts and cultural ecology.
  2. Transfer your refund; all tickets purchased for this year’s festival will be valid for next year’s festival. Dates and further details of which will be announced later this year.
  3. Claim your refund; we understand that in all kinds of ways and for all kinds of people the future feels less certain in light of recent events. In order to claim your refund we ask that you write to us at [email protected] refunds will be processed as quickly as possible.
    Deadline to claim your refund is Monday 13 April 2020. Our terms & conditions can be found here.

We are confident with your help and loyalty that we will be back next summer to present our best festival yet.

But for now – stay safe and stay home!

With love,

Capsule Team x