Feis Ile, Spirit of Speyside, Campbeltown Malts Festival: Whisky festivals canceled due to coronavirus

Following the closures of distillery visitor centers now the festivals are canceled


Meanwhile all distilleries are likely to have closed their doors to visitors for an indefinite period. The following news will hardly surprise anyone: After the Spirit of Speyside Festival and the Campbeltown Malts Festival, which were canceled yesterday, the popular whisky festival of Islay follows their example today: The Feis Ile will not take place this year.

The Spirit of Speyside Festival

was planned for April 29th to May 4th, 2020. It would have been held for the 21st time and is always a highlight of the Speyside whisky scene, offering many special tastings, concerts, dinners, distillery visits and other events as we reported here. The festival brings about £2m in revenue to the regional businesses every year. It has now been canceled preventively to slow down the spread of the corona virus. In a press release, the Spirit of Speyside Festival team announces they will contact ticket holders to discuss the possibility of refunds. The next Spirit of Speyside Festival will take place from April 28th to May 3rd, 2021. It has not yet been decided whether the other two Spirit of Speyside events (Gin Experience in July and Distilled in August) will be canceled, too.

The Campbeltown Malt Festival

will not take place this year either, Springbank Distillers informed yesterday and also announced the reversal of bookings that have already been made. The festival, hosted by Campbeltown distilleries Springbank, Glengyle and Glen Scotia, was scheduled for the 19th to May 22nd, 2020. Springbank Distillers are currently considering compensating by expanding the “Cadenhead’s in the Courtyard” event planned for September 11 into a two-day festival.

The Feis Ile Festival

on Islay is an annual festival highlight for many whisky fans. From 22nd- May 30 th , they planned to conquer the island again this year, visit the open days of the distilleries, tastings, boat trips, dinners and concerts and enjoy the community as a large whisky family. Today the Feis Ile was canceled. It was not an easy decision, given the importance of the festival not only for visitors, but also for the island and local businesses. After long discussions between committee and distillery representatives, however, it is clear that there can be no other way than to cancel the festival. In the next two weeks they will get in touch with everyone who has already bought tickets in advance. If you don't have the date for the next year on your calendar: It is planned for May 28th - June 5th, 2021.