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Aberdeen International Comedy Festival 2020 cancelled


By David Porter

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Aberdeen Inspired has announced the cancellation of Aberdeen International Comedy Festival, now one of Scotland’s big three comedy festivals, which was due to take place from October 1 to 11 in the city and outlying venues.

Jon Richardson who was set to headline the festival will return in 2021.
Jon Richardson who was set to headline the festival will return in 2021.

Following the First Minister’s update to the Scottish Parliament on July 30 that the country would remain in Phase 3 of the recovery route map, an indicative date of September 14 at the earliest for a return of indoor live events with physical distancing, restricted numbers was given. Unfortunately this means that the majority of shows, events and festivals can only operate at about 35 per cent capacity, which makes them unviable.

Commenting on the cancellation of the festival, Shona Byrne, Festival manager said: “This was a difficult decision for all involved, but after discussing the feasibility with our partner venues and comedy promoters it was the only decision we could take given the continuing uncertainties surrounding physical distancing and the coronavirus pandemic.

"The safety, health and well being of our festival staff, audiences and performers is at the heart of this decision.

“The good news is that four comedians already on sale Daniel Sloss, Gary Meikle, Tez Ilyas and Jon Richardson are all rescheduling into 2021 and we are delighted to host their rescheduled dates as one off ‘Festival Nights’, so comedy fans still have something to look forward to in the early part of 2021.

“Aberdeen International Comedy festival has fast become a firm favourite in the north-east, attracting not just locals but visitors from further afield and we are committed to build on the success of the festival when it returns to the city in Autumn 2021 with an exciting line-up of top UK and international comedians.”

The rescheduled one off “Festival Nights” mean Gary Meikle will now take his show Surreal to the Music Hall on Saturday, February 13, Daniel Sloss will bring HUBRIS to the Music Hall Aberdeen on Saturday. May 15 and Tez Ilyas will perform his show Populist at the Lemon Tree on Thursday, September 30

The rescheduled date for headliner Jon Richardson, famed for his unique brand of self-deprecating humour will follow in the next few weeks.

Jon was originally booked to close the festival weekend.

Tickets purchased will be valid for the new dates and customers who have already bought tickets will receive an email with all the new details.



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