It was never cancelled, it's been moved to September.
Okay my bad .. I thought it was cancelled originally..
But why was Glastonbury cancelled and London concerts a go.. there is not much difference on dates but a few weeks???
it's not definite that any full capacity shows can happen from the 21st of June in the UK under the way the planning for lifting restrictions is happening - simply that's the earliest date that's being planned for.
So the idea is that (roughly) a week before the next stage of the relaxation 'could' happen then a decision will be made based upon the state of play with the R-level, hospital admissions, vaccinations, emergence/prevalence of new strains (esp if vaccine resistant), etc...
...& if there's issues then all of the following stages get pushed back.
[NB all of the lifting dates are Mondays btw.]
So, in Stage 3, which commences "not earlier than the 17th of May", in terms of gigs the limitations are -
"Larger performances and sporting events in indoor venues with a capacity of 1,000 people or half-full (whichever is lower) will also be allowed, as will those in outdoor venues with a capacity of 4000 people or half-full (whichever is lower).
In the largest outdoor seated venues where crowds can spread out, up to 10,000 people will be able to attend (or a quarter-full, whichever is lower)."
- so, if you're organising a gig/festival & there's a delay in the progress from Stage 3 to 4, you're a bit screwed - esp as there are major issues with insurance if the whole thing has to be cancelled; which the government have been told about repeatedly since last year & have done nothing about.
So, take Glastonbury which has a capacity of 210,000 - & a delay in lifting restrictions by a week cuts the allowable capacity to 4,000 (since it's not a seated venue) which would be wholly unviable... ...& all & sundry wanting refunds...
...whilst putting it on at a later date would mean renegotiating all of the contracts AND competing with other festivals - where, at least to a reasonable extent, it'll be the same people going from one festival to the next.
So, Lytham is obviously taking a bit of a chance that it can still run from the 30th of June as a delay of more than a week in moving to stage 4 would screw things up - however it's a much smaller festival (20,000 per day) - & i guess they must have factored in potentially rearranging the dates, or, i guess, only allowing 4,000 people in a day...
...however both Scarborough & BST would need things to fall behind by 3 weeks for there to be a problem.
Oh, & as an aside, the new info about the isle of wight festival changing dates does not confirm that the same acts will be performing - as contracts need renegotiating...
...so, unless i've missed an announcement, there's no guaranty that Duran will be playing at all, let alone still playing the Sunday night.