Market Drayton Rock and Bowl Festival cancelled for 2021

A popular music festival whose organisers had hoped it could return in some form this year has now been put back to 2022.

Market Drayton's Rock and Bowl Festival
Market Drayton's Rock and Bowl Festival

The Rock and Bowl Festival in Market Drayton will not take place this year, it was confirmed.

The festival would normally go ahead over the May bank holiday, but organisers took the decision not to risk that this year, although they had hoped an event of some kind could be held this summer.

The latest statement, however, confirmed that the next festival will take place in earnest in 2022.

A statement from the organisers said: "When the Government road map was announced last month it gave a little bit of life and hope back to the possibility of Rock and Bowl Music Festival going ahead in 2021.

"Whilst that may still be the case we have decided that with so much uncertainty and variables surrounding such an event, for us and the audience, we are going to let this year pass.

"We feel that whilst the public response has been so positive and you will no doubt look forward to such an event, it is also far from a priority in people’s lives right now and still has a number of elements of doubt hanging over it.

"So in light of all this we have decided to put things to one side and focus on the highly likely scenario that 2022 will go ahead and all the positives that are attached to that likelihood.

"So whilst we are sad to not go ahead this year we feel it is a positive decision that gives clarity and something to look forward to that will come around before we know it, and in a world that will be healthier, happier and ready to enjoy the event in a way that embraces all that is great about such events and gatherings.

"Thank you to everyone that has helped give rise to an event we are deeply proud of, from the artists, crew, sponsors and of course the audience. We appreciate you all immensely and look forward to the next time we can all come together again in 2022."

It is hoped the event will go ahead on the first weekend next June.

Anyone with valid tickets can transfer them for next year. Learn more at

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