Tomorrowland forced to cancel 2021 edition after being unable to get permit
Belgian’s Tomorrowland festival has become the latest 2021 covid victim. It was meant to take place across August 27 to 29 and September 3rd to 5th in Boom, in Belgium. However, local authorities have refused to sanction the event, leading to cancellation.
Organisers explained “In spite of the detailed plans we have presented, the studies conducted by us and the massive support and recommendations we have received, we have no other option but to postpone the 16th edition of Tomorrowland until next year…”
“… In the past week, we again focused on a constructive dialogue, because we remain convinced that we can organise a safe Tomorrowland. All technical and organisational matters had been given the green light, in order to file a new application with the municipalities. However, particularly the absence of balanced virological advice in keeping with our tight organisational framework is the reason why a new application is pointless at this stage.
Considering our longstanding cooperation with the municipalities, we do not want to engage in a legal battle and we do not want to appeal the mayors’ decision with the Council of State. We respect the mayors’ good governance, as well as our neighbours in the municipalities of Boom and Rumst.
It is gut-wrenching to cancel a festival for the fourth time and again disappoint all the passionate people who work on the festival day and night.”
It’s easy to understand why they don’t want to burn their bridges with the local authorities, and why the latter are worried. They will return in 2022. Their full statement is here
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