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It is with deep regret but some inevitability that we write to confirm cancellation of the Arran Rock ‘N’ Blues Festival 2020.  The cancellation relates directly to the current Covid-19 pandemic and the risks that will still be associated with the virus come September.

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The decision, made in consultation with a number of bodies, was not easy but it was one that had to be taken due to a number of factors, none more important than the health and safety of the island and its community.  As a small tourist island, the risk to Arran is arguably higher than that of the mainland, especially in control of an infection.  There is an understandable fear of Covid-19 spreading on Arran if/when the island is opened up beyond the current restrictions and it is likely that a reopening will be done in baby steps, with larger events such as ARNBF simply unacceptable at this, still early stage.

Furthermore, The Police advised us that, even if the island was “open for business” in September, it’s would be unlikely that the security/council services who give the necessary permissions for the festival to take place would have time to regroup from Covid-19 duties to be able to assess and authorise it leading to a possible last  minute cancellation.

In addition to the current pandemic, there are also ongoing technical issues with the Calmac ferries to Arran and no sign of the new ferry proposed to be in service this summer as construction was abandoned when the shipyard went bankrupt.  There is nothing to suggest that the technical issues won’t still be prevalent in September.

We also have to acknowledge that ARNBF 2020 would, now be unlikely to sell the necessary tickets to make the event financially viable, due to many music fans deciding the risk will still be too high to travel/ attend.  Additionally, the organising team must prioritise their own businesses and look at ways to recoup financial losses/ loss of earnings due to the Covid-19 impact of lockdown and shutdown. This takes ongoing festival organisation and its associated costs out of the equation.

Thank you for your understanding in this matter and we are hugely saddened by this cancellation. Hoping all are staying safe and well in these concerning times.