AceShowbiz - Organisers of Belgium's Tomorrowland dance music festival are planning to appeal a government decision to scrap the 2021 event.
Officials have forced the cancellation of the gig, citing rising fears about the Delta variant of COVID-19.
This comes just two weeks after government leaders gave the planners of all major outdoor events with up to 75,000 people permission to go ahead after mid-August (21).
Tomorrowland was scheduled to take place over two weekends at the end of August and beginning of September.
A statement from Tomorrowland bosses reads, "We have just been informed that the mayors of Boom and Rumst will announce a ban on Tomorrowland 2021. That hits like a sledgehammer, very hard and unexpected."
"No Tomorrowland for the second year in a row is in any case a gigantic disaster for our company, but also for the more than 1,500 suppliers involved, many freelancers and our thousands of employees. We are still 100 per cent ready to organise everything as professionally as possible if the epidemiological situation allows and to celebrate a nice end of the summer with our visitors."
"This feels very wry and we find it very unfortunate that after the many constructive preparations and conversations federal commitments have reached this point, where we no longer know what just happened to us and have to let it sink in for a while."