THE COUNTRY'S longest running independent music festival has been postponed amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Organisers announced that the 56th four-day Towersey Festival that was due to be held on the August Bank Holiday weekend will now take place in 2021 with all tickets being automatically transferred to next year.

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They said on Thursday "Sadly, the time has come to make the call and make the right decision for all of us – we know the festival is many weeks away but the recent word from the government is that we could be in lockdown for some time."