- 16 Jul 21
The music and arts festival in Co. Sligo considered hosting the first festival camping pilot but ultimately decided to postpone the event amidst the rising public health concern surrounding the COVID-19 Delta variant.
The Wild Roots Music, Performing Arts and Adventure Festival has been postponed until June 3-5, 2022. The festival, which was supposed to take place at Hazelwood in Co. Sligo this August 13-15, credits the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and rise of the Delta variant as the reason for its postponement.
"As a small independent festival, this decision is not one that we have taken lightly," the festival wrote in their Instagram post announcing the postponement. "However, as of this week, it has become clear that the Delta variant has become a viable threat to public health and that restrictions will not be lifted sufficiently by August."
Though the festival had considered a camping pilot event, they said that "it would not be appropriate at this time given the potential public health implications." The decision to postpone the festival was made after much consideration and talks with the Department of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Gaeltacht, Sports & Media and Minister Catherine Martin.
The festival's original lineup included headliners James Morrison and Kaiser Chiefs in addition to artists such as Jenny Greene, Soda Blonde, and The Sherlocks. Despite the postponement, the festival has said that the majority of the acts have re-confirmed their involvement in the festival next year. Over the coming months, Wild Roots will continue to announce additions to the lineup and prepare the festival site for next summer at Hazelwood in Co. Sligo.
Current tickets will still be valid at the new festival dates in 2022, and refunds are available at [email protected].
See the Wild Roots postponement Instagram post below:
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