ORGANISERS have announced that this summer's Lytham Festival will not be going ahead as planned.

The festival featuring Lewis Capaldi, Snow Patrol, Duran Duran, Diana Ross and Lionel Richie was due to run from Wednesday, June 30 to Sunday, July 4, but it has now been postponed until 2022.

Festival founders Peter Taylor and Dan Cuffe said: "We strived to make the event happen in 2021 and even explored the possibility of moving the festival later in the year. Unfortunately, with the timescales for reopening being very close to the start of our festival and continued restrictions on international travel for our artists, this is not going to be possible.

"We are now in the process of making some BIG plans for Lytham Festival’s triumphant return next year. Please stick with us… we promise it will be worth it!"

They have confirmed that they have been able to reschedule four of the headliners to the new dates in 2022. The line-up will see Lewis Capaldi performing on Wednesday, June 29; Snow Patrol on Thursday, June 30, Duran Duran on Friday, July 1 and Lionel Richie on Sunday July 3.

Diana Ross will also return in 2022 with new dates being announced alongside those of her European tour in the coming weeks.

The organisers said: "We’d like to take this opportunity to thank the NHS for their extraordinary efforts in rolling out the vaccine, as well as thanking all of you for your patience and for keeping the spirit of Lytham Festival alive until we can return to The Green."

Ticketholders will be contacted and tickets will automatically transferred to the 2022 dates. Anyone wishing to cancel will be able to receive a refund from their ticket agent.

Peter and Dan added: "Lytham Festival 2022 will have been many years in the making, so we promise a special one, and keep your eyes peeled for a special announcement this Sunday at 7pm.

"Remaining tickets for Lytham Festival 2022 will go on sale at 9am on Thursday 1st April, so if you haven’t already got a ticket, we hope to see you there!"