This year’s sold-out BD festival in Glendalough, Co Wicklow has been postponed.
Due to take place this weekend, festival organisers say they have taken the decision to postpone the event following comments by Taoiseach Micheál Martin that the lifting of some restrictions on 22 October may not proceed as planned.
The festival’s rescheduled dates are for 16 and 17 April 2022.
The statement said: “The postponement of this year’s two-day festival is due to the risk of the continuation of Covid-19 restrictions.
“Without Government reassurance that reopening will proceed as planned, we cannot provide an environment in which all our BD fans can truly re-live the unique festival experience we have all missed so much.
“Under current restrictions, venue capacity of mixed immunity status is just 50% and also subject to appropriate protective measures, including social distancing between groups and face masks.
“Whilst we have done everything in our power to ensure the festival goes ahead, the restrictions make the event unfeasible, as the safety and welfare of every single person at BD Festival is our number one priority.”
The statement went on to say that all current tickets will be valid for the new dates, but refunds are also available.
It said they are working hard with all artists and agents to enable them to play the new dates, with more artists to be announced in the coming days and weeks.
The bus service has been confirmed for the new date, with less than half price priority tickets available to all existing ticket holders.
“We have also been working hard to curate a live stream event for existing ticket holders, accessible online on Sunday 24 October, featuring some international artists from the original line-up,” the statement said.