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Prognosis Festival curtail activities but event goes ahead

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Prognosis Festival has cancelled its intended conference and clinics to restrict the event to one building. In a statement on their Facebook page festival organisers announced the plan as well as giving up to the minute advice on the coronavirus COVID-19 for fans planning to attend.

Sons Of Apollo, who were originally appearing have now cancelled their European tour and won't be appearing. However the festival is still going ahead, with Anathema, Katatonia, Enslaved, Bruce Soord, Focus and more, at Eindhoven's Effenaar Venue on March 21 and 22.

The full statement reads:

"Because of the COVID-19 virus we get a lot of questions about safety and if the festival will continue? We want you to know that the festival will proceed as planed.

"Obviously we will follow the instruction our government is giving and if there will be a point where we are not allowed to continue the festival, we will communicate this immediately.

"To minimise the risks of infection we are asking our guests to just keep calm and be realistic about your health. If you're coughing or not feeling well, please stay at home. Not because you're not welcome but simply not to upset your fellow visitors.

"On our behalf we have decided to cancel the conference and clinics. We do this with a heavy heart because we know a lot of people were looking forward to this. But for obvious reasons we want to confine the festival to one location and focus on the main reason you're coming: the music.

"If you bought a ticket for a clinic or the conference, please fill in this form to get a refund here.

"The exhibition of Costin Chioreanu will move to Effenar. Because Sons of Apollo has cancelled we are working on a new timetable. This will be released soon!"

Jerry Ewing
Jerry Ewing

Writer and broadcaster Jerry Ewing is the Editor of Prog Magazine which he founded for Future Publishing in 2009. He grew up in Sydney and began his writing career in London for Metal Forces magazine in 1989. He has since written for Metal Hammer, Maxim, Vox, Stuff and Bizarre magazines, among others. He created and edited Classic Rock Magazine for Dennis Publishing in 1998 and is the author of a variety of books on both music and sport, including Wonderous Stories; A Journey Through The Landscape Of Progressive Rock, as well as sleevenotes for many major record labels. He lives in North London and happily indulges a passion for AC/DC, Chelsea Football Club and Sydney Roosters.