Herne Hill Music Festival 2020 CANCELLED ... but there will be a virtual presence

With much regret, Herne Hill Music Festival announces that its 2020 Festival is CANCELLED.

This is due to too much uncertainty related to COVID19.

The Festival notes on its website:

“There is just too much uncertainty to be able to plan an event due to take place in early October.

Uncertainties about venues - many of the venues we need to book shortly are not fully open, and may not welcome large crowds, even by October.

Performers - some of the performers we had hoped to put on are unlikely to be able to prepare in time.

Audiences - local people may still be unwilling by then to pack together in a venue.

The result is that going ahead would risk putting on a thin programme which attracted small audiences.

However, do have a look at our programme page to see the plans we had because WE PLAN TO PUT ON THIS SAME PROGRAMME IN 2021.

Meanwhile, we intend to post video links to shows by our performers - look out for these during the Festival week.

'See' you all then we hope.”


The Festival has been sharing ‘virtual’ concerts by former Fest performers and friends since coronavirus lockdown and venue lockout, and will continue do so during buildup to its virtual Octoberfest. These will feature links to pre-recordings by scheduled 2020 acts.

You can find performance links at:


There is still some chance that the annual Festival bandstand in Herne Hill Market, usually held in September, could happen if the market reopens in time and a programme can be quickly secured (usually 4 acts). But this is looking less and less likely by the day.

Check the Festival social media platform for all of the latest information.