The first-ever Scarborough Punk Festival has been postponed again, until 2022, amid continuing uncertainty about the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on the live music industry.

The event was due to take place on March 27-28 this year, with the main bands appearing on the Saturday in the Grand Hall at Scarborough Spa.

It had to be postponed when the Covid-19 lockdown made the event impossible, and was rescheduled until March 27-28, 2021, with all tickets still valid.

The Skids, pictured above, were set to headline on the Saturday and The Wildhearts on the Sunday, with the line-up also including Discharge, Anti-Nowhere League, 999, Peter And The Test Tube Babies, The Varukers, Hung Like Hanratty, The Vibrators, The Ramonas, Pizzatramp, Mau-Maus, Vomit, Menace77, Anti-System and Hot Rockets, among others.

The Wildhearts are the Sunday headliners for Scarborough Punk Festival 2022.

But today, organisers BTH Scarborough announced that they have reluctantly had to postpone the event again, until March 26-27, 2022.

Their statement said: “It’s becoming increasingly unlikely that the government will allow this event to go ahead early 2021 under the current restrictions placed on the UK, and the Scarborough Spa venue isn’t planning on a re-opening until the next financial year (April 2021) which would fall just outside of the date for SPF.

“We have looked at dates further into 2021, and due to bands’ availability, alternative festivals/events happening in the UK, and the current Covid situation, we don’t feel like there is a suitable option.

Discharge vocalist jeff Janiak. Pic: Gary Welford.

“We have therefore taken the decision to push the festival back until March 26-27, 2022. We appreciate that most have been waiting a long time for this event, but we ask you to stay with us, and trust that we have made the right call. Our safety and health must always come first.

“All tickets bought for 2020-21 will remain valid for the festival in 2022, and we have secured the FULL line-up, with the addition of some extras, including an extra band for the Sunday, and extended set times for the Saturday.

“We will be releasing more information soon with new ticket links and more cheap weekend passes, so please bear with us a little longer, and of course, if you would prefer to receive a refund for the festival, we will honour all refunds from your point of purchase. But we must ask that you trust in our decision and allow for tickets to roll over until 2022.”

Hung Like Hanratty are one of the newer bands in the line-up. Pic: Gary Welford.

SATURDAY (Scarborough Spa)
The Skids
Anti-Nowhere League
Peter and the Test Tube Babies
The Vibrators
Hot Rockets
The Kingcrows
The Ramonas
Hung Like Hanratty

SUNDAY (Scarborough Spa)
The Wildhearts
The Varukers
Satanic Malfunctions
Mau Maus
Active Minds
Bear Away See Less

Gary Welford owner