Sidmouth Folk Festival 2020 has become the latest major East Devon event to be cancelled by the coronavirus pandemic.
The summer tradition had been due to take place from July 31 to August 7 but its organisers have pulled the plug ‘with an extremely heavy heart’.
It is the first time the colourful week of music and dance has been called off in its 65-year history.
Plans are already under way for next year’s event.
Organisers said in a statement: “It is with an extremely heavy heart that we have had to take the decision to cancel this year’s Sidmouth Folk Festival for the wellbeing of all involved.
“Breaking a continuous history of 65 festivals may feel devastating, but the wellbeing of all involved in attending and running the festival is paramount.
“The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic clearly makes it impossible to proceed with the 2020 event.
“Plans are already under way for the 2021 festival in which you can expect so much of what our audiences love about this grand old festival.
“We will be talking to artists and suppliers in the next few days.
“We will be contacting all 2020 ticket buyers directly over the next few weeks with a variety of ticket rollover and refund options.
“Please bear with us whilst we get all the necessary arrangements in place. We will be back to you as soon as we can.
“We know that this announcement will cause disappointment and inconvenience.
“We will all miss catching up with old friends and being together at the seaside this year. We thank everyone for their understanding and support.”
Sidmouth Folk Festival 2021 will run from July 30 to July 6.