Kubix Festival off until 2021 - with plans to thank NHS charities with 1,000 free tickets
The team behind the Kubix Festival have tonight confirmed it will not be held this summer – but has announced next year’s dates for ticketholders.
The event had been due to go ahead in Sunderland on the weekend of July 10 and 11, with a line up including The Futureheads, The Vengaboys, East 17, D:Ream, Levellers, Ash, Cast, The Wedding Present, Wilko Johnson and The Selecter among the bands confirmed to play.
But today, Friday, April 24, organisers confirmed the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has led them to make the decision to reschedule the Herrington Country Park festival until the weekend of July 2 and 3, 2021.
In a statement posted on the event’s Facebook page, they said: “We haven't taken the decision lightly but as a small team of local promoters bringing fantastic live music to the North East, at the best-value prices there are for the last eight years, we have done everything in our power to ensure Kubix will be here for many years to come and give something back to all you live music lovers.”
They added all tickets already bought will be valid for next year, with a call for them to support it by keeping them with the promise that each one will entitle them to £10 of drinks vouchers.
Non-camping tickets started at £26.50 for adults.
The statement makes no mention of refunds, but Kubix says it hopes people keep their passes for next summer.
It adds: “We want to keep great live music in the North East and with your support in keeping your tickets for next year, we want to repay that with your first £10 of drinks - on us.
“We will all need a good party by then, after such difficult times.
“Secondly, we will be donating 1,000 free tickets for the Friday and Saturday next year, to local NHS charities to use.
“We have to say thank you to our wonderful NHS, care services and other front-line workers for their incredible work, not just during this crisis but all year round.
“We are working with all the bands, as we speak, to invite them all back next year and there will also be a few new extra surprise additions, all announced over the next few months.
“We are now faced with huge challenges that no one could have foreseen.
“These are unprecedented times for us all, and as a local festival business, we reinvest in our events each year, to make them bigger and better.”The pandemic crisis has made it incredibly difficult, so in order to support the whole live music industry and ensure the festival will still be here for many years to come, we ask if you could kindly keep your tickets to use in 2021, have some free drinks on us and we'll have a very special weekend together next year, better than ever.
“Stay safe and well and we'll see you there.”