TWO music festivals planned for Swindon are still hopeful of going ahead this summer despite one of Wiltshire’s biggest announcing its cancellation.

The MFor festival at Lydiard Park is due to take place on July 25 and organisers are still aiming for that date. Live at Lydiard organisers have not pulled the plug but have acknowledged it was 'not realistic' to think it would go ahead.

A statement from MFor said: “Public Health England advised against events taking place until the end of June. Our event doesn’t take place until the end of July so we are planning to go ahead.

“Our event is outdoor and in a large space and we will be introducing additional hygiene facilities.

“We have our own medics and security at the event so we will not be putting pressure on the emergency services to operate the event.

“We will of course continue to monitor the situation and take on board any further recommendations.

“As a team we work closely with Swindon Borough Council so we have first hand access to the most up to date advice and procedures.

“We're using our resources to offer support to the community, delivering supplies to the vulnerable and helping the council and residents in as many ways as we can. We're passionate about Swindon and its residents and their safety and wellbeing is at the heart of everything we do.”

Craig David, Rudimental and Ella Henderson are all booked to appear at the one-day event.

Live at Lydiard's organiser said earlier this week that it ‘wasn’t realistic’ for the event to happen but did not officially announce its cancellation. It is due to take place on August 8 and has announced Sean Kingston as one of its headline acts.

Organisers of Womad, held at Charlton Park near Malmesbury, announced yesterday that the event will not be going ahead following a meeting with the licensing authority.

It was due to take place between July 23 and July 26.

Womad founder Peter Gabriel said: “Like many others, we have been hoping, waiting and watching the Coronavirus situation.

“Finally, we have been told that we will not be allowed to hold Womad this year at Charlton Park. Safety for all of our festivalgoers, artists and our own staff surpasses everything.

“All of us involved with Womad have already been really touched by the help and generous offers of many of those we depend on to make the festival come to life.”