Published: 15:35, 10 May 2021
| Updated: 16:22, 10 May 2021
Classic rock festival Ramblin' Man Fair has been cancelled for the second summer running, organisers have announced today.
Organisers say the decision to scrap this year's event, due to be held at Mote Park in Maidstone on July 16-18, was taken because of a host of complications caused by the ongoing pandemic.
"With great regret Ramblin' Man Fair 2021 will not happen," their statement reads.
"We thank everyone for their patience while we held our line until the last possible moment to make an informed decision.
"The reasons are many but all - unsurprisingly - are linked to the ongoing Covid related complications that challenge events in the early summer of this year, whether it's the lack of government-backed insurance scheme, no support from government funds that we applied for, ongoing travel restrictions on major artists, increased costs for crowd safety and potential testing - the list goes on.
"Ramblin' Man would like to thank all the bands who did put themselves forward and we know that they all share our regret and frustration at the situation."
Swedish rockers Europe, who brought the world the 80s classic The Final Countdown, had been announced as headliners back in December.
Other acts announced included 70s rockers and die-hard touring band, Foghat, who were set to make their Ramblin' debut, prog rock giants Big Big Train, expected to headline the Prog in the Park Stage, and British act formed in 1970, Curved Air, who will be special guests.
Those who already purchased tickets for the three-day festival can access refunds via their point of purchase on Eventbrite.
Details of any potential rollover of tickets for dates in 2022 will be released in due course.