TYNEDALE'S premier music festival will not go ahead this year.

Organiser Cheryl Durkin announced this week that the popular Corbridge Festival has been postponed until 2022.

Over the years, the festival has attracted big names from the world of music including Craig Charles, The Coral, The Undertones, Grandmaster Flash, and band members from Ocean Colour Scene.

However, plans for this year's festival have been pushed back until 2022.

An announcement from the organisers said: "Corbridge Festival is scheduled to take place on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th July 2021. Having an event scheduled to take place within two weeks of the guide date for the end of restrictions, just gives us no wriggle room, if there’s some sort of delay.

"With the unpredictability of new variants and the ever increasing risk of delay, it’s just too much of a risk for us to take.

"Things could go perfectly to plan (and they would need to for our timetable to work), but if they don’t, then we’d be well and truly scuppered! Utterly and completely. We’ve been holding out, waiting for a Government-backed Covid insurance policy to find its way into the live events industry. Sadly, it did not arrive and without insurance of this kind, we simply can’t make all of the financial commitments we need, with the uncertainty that we are still faced with.

"We’ve explored all the options to reschedule the event to a later date in the year, but sadly, there’s nothing available and so we are left with the heart-breaking decision to reschedule Corbridge Festival to 2022.

"Thank you so much for your continued support, it really does mean the world to us. We are currently working on something very special for next year. Please allow us a little bit more time before deciding on whether to apply for a refund because we have some big news to share with you very soon and we are certain that you’ll be pleased you held on to those tickets."