Losing the Kilkenny Roots Festival for 2020 was a tough one for local music fans, but as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to twist and turn with no certainty of any gigging this year, the festival has bowed out for 2021.
This year’s edition was slated for 30 April through 3 May across its traditional May Bank Holiday weekend slot.
“It’s with a heavy heart that we have to announce that Kilkenny Roots 2021 will not take place. The Covid 19 situation is worse than ever, both in Ireland and throughout the world.”
“It is highly unlikely that live music will return in the first half of the year. If there is any possibility of putting a weekend together later in the year, we will do that. For the moment all we can do is hope that this will pass sooner rather than later. Stay safe and we will keep you updated during the year.”
Given the level of logistics involved in coordinating the festival, it’s unsurprising, but disappointing all the same.
One can only imagine the level of demand for the lunchtime shows in Cleere’s by the time 2022 rolls around.
In case you forget what the festival is like, here’s a reminder of 2019’s highlights before the gigging lights went out around the world.