A SOMERSET music festival has been pushed back to the autumn in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Shindig Festival is traditionally held over the spring bank holiday weekend in late-May, promising “a soulful dose of relaxation and revelry to funky warriors and their families”.

The festival was due to be held at the Dillington Park Estate near Ilminster for the first time this year, following a lengthy licensing hearing by South Somerset District Council in early-March.

Shindig Productions Ltd., which runs the festival, has now confirmed the event has been pushed back to the last week in September – and could be further delayed if the coronavirus crisis has not abated by then.

In a statement on its official Facebook page, the organisers confirmed the change of date and thanked all those who had purchased tickets in advance.

They said: “We are going ahead with our postponed event in September. The dates are September 24 to 27.

“It’s the same location, Dillington House and estate, and we have also booked De La Soul to headline in September.

“This is our thank you to all of you. We wanted to give you something really special to look forward to during these rough times.”

Up to 10,000 people are expected to attend the event, according to information provided ahead of the March licensing hearing.

The organisers have said the entire event could be pushed back to May 2021 if holding it in September proves unfeasible.

They said: “We will simply roll everything over to May 2021. The line up, the tickets, the entire event.

“Also, if you can’t make September 2020 your tickets will be valid for May 2021. If you’re joining us in September and event doesn’t go ahead, then your tickets will be valid for May 2021.

“Your tickets will always be valid for the next Shindig that you can make.”

The full line-up for the rearranged festival will be announced later in the week.