Romania cancels major music festivals this summer due to coronavirus pandemic

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Several major music festivals which were expected to attract thousands of spectators from home and abroad and generate millions of euros for local budgets have announced they are cancelling their 2020 editions over the coronavirus pandemic.

The Untold festival which is held in the Transylvanian city of Cluj in the summer says the event will be held next year over rules that don’t allow large numbers of people to gather in one place.

The popular Neversea festival in the Black Sea port of Constanta, also announced it was giving this year’s festival a miss for the same reasons.

People who have already purchased tickets can use them for the 2021 edition or swap them for vouchers to buy Untold products. Refunds will be made between October 1 and December 31, 2021.

“With all the uncertainty that exists in the events industry in Romania, still having strict conditions under which people can work together and, most of all, a draft law from the culture ministry which bans events with more than 1,000 spectators until August, 31, 2020,” we decided to postpone Untold until 2021,” a decision that we have taken “with our hearts broken, but with the certainty that it’s for everybody’s safety,” the organizers wrote on Facebook.

“We are giving you the possibility to change your 2020 tickets and passes into ANYTIME tickets and passes, that guarantee you the access to one of the next 3 editions of our festivals, at your choice,” a statement from the two festival organizers said.

Another event, Electric Castle, which takes place at Banffy Castle, in the Cluj area has alsp been rescheduled for mid-July, next year.

Tickets that have already been purchased tickets are valid for the 2021 dates, organizers said.

Those who can’t attend will have other, unspecified options.  The festival also said it was planning to reconfirm all the announced artists for 2021.Summer Well, a festival held at the Stirbey Palace in Buftea, close to Bucharest, has also been postponed to next year.

“Most artists are already reconfirmed, and we’ll also be adding other artists to the line-up….. It’s shaping up to be a great musical program next year. All tickets remain valid for 2021. Options for those who cannot attend in 2021 will be made available soon,” the organizers of Summer Well announced.

Jazz in the Park, another festival held in Cluj, announced it would reschedule for June 24-27 next year.

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