The Overflo festival has been “forcefully postponed” due to the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II.
The event was scheduled for this Sunday (September 18) in Burgess Park in Camberwell, South London, a day before the late Queen’s state funeral in Westminster Abbey.
However, organizers have confirmed in a statement that Southwark City Council has withdrawn permission for Overflo to go ahead as planned. They are currently working with the council to secure another date, details of which will be announced “in the coming weeks”.
“We regret to announce that due to the death of the Queen, several major outdoor events have been forcibly postponed,” reads a message on Overflo Festival’s official website.
“We try to fight back as much as possible, but the powers that be have the final say,” the statement said, referring to Southwark Council’s decision to withdraw the event.
Southwark Council owns the Burgess Park grounds and therefore has the ability to cancel the event on grounds of public reputation and safety, Overflo notes. The festival also claims that the emergency services will no longer have enough resources to support Overflo in the future.
The organizers added: “In the meantime, for those who have already purchased their tickets, they will remain valid until the rescheduled date of the festival. We appreciate your support and patience with this.”
Overflo Festival is a music, art and cultural event from the co-founders of Pxssy Palace. Celebrating global and local queer, trans, non-binary, Black, Indigenous and POC talent.
Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest-serving monarch, died on Thursday (September 8) aged 96. A national holiday has been declared at the same time as the day of his funeral.
Following the news, a number of events were postponed or cancelled, including BBC Radio 2’s Live In Leeds concert.
Meanwhile, UK cinemas are either closing or offering free screenings for the Queen’s funeral on Monday.