The Isle of Wight Council supports the decision of the Isle of Wight Festival to cancel the 2020 event because of the current coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.
The safety and welfare of those on the festival site, alongside the safety of the wider Island community, are rightly the highest priorities for the organisers.
Therefore, the council believes this decision is the right one in these difficult circumstances.
Council leader, Councillor Dave Stewart, said: “I understand the disappointment this will bring to many people and the impact on businesses both on the Island and beyond.
“I appreciate how hard it will have been to have made this decision, and I want to thank the festival organisers for making the sensible choice.
“The Isle of Wight Festival is one of the most popular events in the country, and I am confident that it will be back, even stronger, in the future.”