A popular summer tribute festival that attracts thousands of music lovers to Guisborough has been rescheduled to September.

Summer Sound will now take place on the first weekend in September, Friday 4 and Saturday 5, in the grounds of the town’s historic Gisborough Priory, subject to coronavirus restrictions being lifted.

All tickets will automatically be transferred to the new dates. Because of restricted capacity due to social distancing rules, there are no tickets left for the Saturday night performance but organisers say there are still a limited amount for the Friday show.

“Firstly we would like to thank everyone for their patience during this difficult time. We have all had more important issues to deal with than music festivals and we hope you are all fit and healthy,” said a statement from organiser Jason Bushby.

“When the pandemic began in March we chose not to cancel this year’s events at Guisborough hoping the situation would be over by July. During this time we have been consulting with the council and taking government advice.

“With the news that the alert level has been downgraded and restrictions are slowly being lifted we can announce that we are rescheduling the event to the first weekend in September. This is subject to restrictions being lifted. “

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Any ticket holders who cannot attend the new dates can request a refund from the ticket outlet, he said.

“Thanks again for your patience and we hope to see you all in September,” added Jason.

Summer Sound is a popular annual date on the calendar and features more than 14 hours of live music from 12 of the UK’s best tribute bands over two packed days.

Held outdoors in the grounds of the priory, it’s line up for this year featured a Friday night of legends with tributes to the likes of Tina Turner, Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, Elvis Presley and The Beatles.

Saturday night’s rock and pop theme is due to feature tributes from The Killers, Ed Sheeran, Pink, Coldplay, Robbie Williams and The Beautiful South, plus support from local band The Fallen.