The organisers of Kubix Festival, which was set to bring a great line-up of live bands to Sunderland this summer, have decided to postpone the event until next year due to the continuing uncertainty caused by the coronavirus outbreak.

The Levellers were due to headline Kubix Festival 2020 in Sunderland.

The uncertainty surrounding the live music industry, and in particular large-scale events like the one due to be held at Herrington Country Park on June 10-11 means that even if the current lockdown is lifted, there may be longer-lasting restrictions on mass gatherings.

The organisers have had to make a decision on whether to postpone the festival until later in the year, in the hope they get the all-clear to stage the event, or reschedule it all together. After taking everything into consideration, they have reluctantly decided to postpone the event until summer 2021.

Kubix will still be held over two days, July 2 and 3, with the first day celebrating the best of ‘80s and ‘90s pop. This year’s bill included Vengaboys, N-Trance, East 17, Blow Monkeys, D;Ream, Smoove & Turrell and Vandebilt, and it is hoped as many of those acts as possible will play next year.

The second day switches to alternative and indie acts, with this year’s line-up including The Levellers, Stiff Little Fingers, New Model Army, Ash, Cast, The Selecter, The Wedding Present, Wilko Johnson, The Futureheads, The Primitives, Dreadzone, The Farm, Holy Moly & The Crackers, Death of Guitar Pop, Duncan Reid & the Big Heads and Crashed Out.

Jake Burns of Stiff Little Fingers during their March 2019 UK tour. Pic: Gary Welford.

Again, it is hoped as many of those original bands as possible will be booked to appear in the rescheduled 2021 festival. A further statementn on the line-up will be made in due course.

A statement released by the organisers said: “In light of the ongoing uncertainty and concern surrounding the coronavirus pandemic we have been working very hard to look at all the sensible options for Kubix Festival this year, and as a result, the decision has been taken to reschedule Kubix Festival to 2021 on the weekend of 2nd and 3rd July 2021.

“We haven’t taken the decision lightly, but as a small team of local promoters bringing fantastic live music to the North East, at the best-value prices there are for the last eight years, we have done everything in our power to ensure Kubix will be here for many years to come and give something back to all you live music lovers.

“Firstly, ALL tickets will be valid for 2021 and in light of us asking you to support Kubix and the live music industry in general, by please keeping your tickets for next year, we have taken the unprecedented step of repaying that loyalty back to you all.

Ash were due to appear at this year’s Kubix Festival, which has been postponed until 2021.

“EVERY Kubix ticket-holder who purchased a ticket up to today’s date and keeps their ticket for 2021 will be entitled to £10 of drinks vouchers per adult ticket – nearly half the value of a one-day adult ticket – and a £5 drinks voucher per under-16s ticket.

“This is a genuine gesture from the Kubix Festival team, in conjunction with our good friends Barserve, festival bar specialists who will be running a superb, bigger and better set of bar facilities next year.

“We are making this gesture that we hope will demonstrate our loyalty to you all and desire to see Kubix grow and become an established event on the North-East music calendar.

“When you present your ticket at the entrance gate next year, you will automatically be given your free drinks vouchers on entry, to spend on drinks as you wish. There are no hidden catches, the vouchers can be used for anything sold at the bars in any combination, and all drinks prices will be as competitive as ever.

Holy Moly & The Crackers were due to make their Kubix debut this year. Pic: Gary Welford.

“We want to keep great live music in the North East, and with your support in keeping your tickets for next year, we want to repay that with your first £10 of drinks on us! We will all need a good party by then, after such difficult times.

“Secondly, we will be donating 1,000 free tickets for the Friday and Saturday next year, to local NHS charities to use. We have to say ‘thank you’ to our wonderful NHS, care services and other front-line workers for their incredible work, not just during this crisis but all year round.

“We are working with all the bands, as we speak, to invite them ALL back next year, and there will also be a few new extra surprise additions, all announced over the next few months.

“We are now faced with huge challenges that no one could have foreseen. These are unprecedented times for us all, and as a local festival business we reinvest in our events each year, to make them bigger and better.

“The pandemic crisis has made it incredibly difficult, so in order to support the whole live music industry and ensure the festival will still be here for many years to come, we ask if you could kindly keep your tickets to use in 2021, have some free drinks on us and we’ll have a very special weekend together next year, better than ever. Stay safe and well and we’ll see you there.”

Gary Welford owner