Indiependence Music and Arts Festival will not be returning to Mitchelstown, organisers have announced.
In a statement, organisers of the festival, which would have been in its 15th year, said the decision was not made lightly and was one made with a heavy heart.
“We are sad to announce that the fifteen year relationship between Indiependence and Mitchelstown is at an end and INDIE will not return to Mitchelstown in 2021.
“This is a situation we hoped would never arise but we have been left with no other option.” The management team said they would be refunding everyone who had bought tickets in the run up to Christmas.
“We have taken the decision to protect the ticket holder funds and ensure that everyone is refunded in time for Christmas.”
The team lamented the loss of the entertainment event.
“We have had fourteen INDIE Festivals in Mitchelstown starting with three in the square way back in 2006. We have seen the best of Irish and International talent come to our town over the years; we sang, we danced and at times we cried.”
The statement said that the team could “see no other option” and also said that this was not the end of Indiependence.
“We are looking to the future, to something new, unfortunately, we cannot do that in Mitchelstown in the foreseeable future.” The organisers thanked all parties involved in the running of the event over the years.
“We’d like to thank everyone locally who has helped us over the years, the local businesses, Cork County Council, Mitchelstown Fire Brigade, Mitchelstown Gardaí, David Casey, Pa Hanrahan and everyone else involved including all the local volunteers, too many to mention.”
Full refund details will be available from Indiependencefestival.com in the coming days.