The All Together Now Festival, which was due to take place this August Bank Holiday weekend at Waterford's Curraghmore House, has been postponed for the second year running and will now take place in July next year due to health concerns over the pandemic.
The annual festival was due to be headlined by Iggy Pop and Sinead O’Connor but organisers have said that they have "exhausted all the possibilities" and have been forced to abandon hopes that the three-day event can go ahead.
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In a statement posted on social media, organisers said, "After exhausting all possibilities to enable the festival to happen this summer, it has become clear that despite recent signs of hope from the authorities, the current health restrictions make it impossible to make plans for the event."
The festival, which was launched in 2018, has been rescheduled for the weekend of July 29 to 31, 2022 and tickets for both the 2020 and 2021 event will be valid for next year. A full ticket refund will be given for those unable to attend in 2022.
The news follows yesterday’s announcement of an outdoor concert featuring Gavin James, Denise Chaila and others at Dublin’s Royal Hospital this July.
This year's Longitude festival in Marlay Park and Forbidden Fruit Festival, which usually takes place at the Royal Hospital in Kilmmainham, have also been cancelled, while organisers are hopeful that Electric Picnic can still take place this year after they pushed the event forward by three weeks.
The full statement from All Together Now reads: "We regret to announce today that this year's All Together Now Festival will not be able to take place, and is now rescheduled to July 29th- 31st, 2022.
"After exhausting all possibilities to enable the festival to happen this summer, it has become clear that despite recent signs of hope from the authorities, the current health restrictions make it impossible to make plans for the event to take place this August Bank Holiday Weekend.
"Tickets for this year's event are now valid for ATN 2022. We can hardly imagine how emotional it will be to reopen the gates to the festival next summer and meet again after such a sad and long absence. We all need and deserve a festival to look forward to and we are dedicated to making All Together Now 2022 a special celebration.
"We thank all the artists, managers, agents, crew, partners, production companies, and the many workers who continue to work alongside us through these difficult times. With special thanks to Lord & Lady Waterford & Waterford County Council for their continued support and encouragement.
"We will dance together again! But in the meantime: take good care of yourself and those around you! We thank you again for your continued support."