Boomtown Fair organisers have this afternoon announced Chapter 12 of the festival will not take place this summer, owing to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The decision was made after organisers held discussions with vital and emergency services about the knock-on effects they’re likely to experience as a result of current pressures. This followed months of monitoring global events and expert advice.
All tickets will automatically be carried over to next year’s festival, though refunds are available instead for anyone who wants one. Ticket holders will receive an email sometime in May with further instructions and refund requests must be made by Sunday 16th August, which would have been the final day of the festival.
Lak Mitchell, Boomtown Co-Founder said: “Speaking on behalf of nearly 50 friends and colleagues working all year round, we are truly heartbroken to make this announcement, but with such a complex production and many, many thousands of staff to mobilise, we are certain this is the right thing to do. With the new circus shows, areas and creative concepts planned, this year was building up to be the best edition yet, but like many others across the world, we have to now wind down in preparation for a fallow year. We will however be using this gifted time to fully reflect, learn and reimagine our vision to guarantee the next chapter of Boomtown will be more breathtaking than ever before. Stay safe – all the love.”
Boomtown 2021 will take place from Wednesday 11th to Sunday 15th August.
In a statement, organisers said: “Dear Boomtown family and friends,
“We hope everyone is doing as well as humanly possible right now, sending so much love and solidarity to everyone, wherever in the world you may be.
“We are deeply saddened to make the announcement that we are no longer proceeding with Boomtown 2020, and the next chapter will take place on 11-15th August 2021.
“Over the past few months we have been keeping a close eye on expert advice from across the globe, as well as taking into consideration the timelines involved for safely planning and delivering the event. In addition, we’ve recently held close consultation with local agencies, and emergency services, to further understand the knock on effect of the current pressures on these vital services. This has led us to the decision that Boomtown 2020 will no longer go ahead.
“We know that all those who attend Boomtown, whether working, performing or exploring, will be equally devastated by this, and for this we are truly sorry, but we hope everyone will understand that this decision was made with the safety of everyone at the forefront of our minds.
“Boomtown has always been a truly independent festival curated by uniquely independent crews and artists from the grassroots of the European festival scene. Therefore the best chance for us to continue to stay true to our ethos, and for our future to be safeguarded, is for all current ticket holders to roll their tickets over to the 2021 event.
“For the past 12 years we have worked non-stop on growing and nurturing what has become one of the most spectacular festivals in the world. Throughout this time there has only been a very small window of opportunity to reflect, adapt, change and develop. We will be using this gifted time to its absolute fullest, to ensure our beloved city has a far more positive future than ever before. Many of us will also be joining our colleagues from across the events industry in repurposing our skills to help the massive national effort in our collective fight against COVID-19.
“Our collective light is far from being extinguished… Boomtown is more than a five-day festival. We are a community. From the hundreds of craftspersons, creators, artists, thinkers, spiritual practitioners, set painters, story writers, office managers, actors, stewards and crew, to the Boomtown Chat-ers, the Storyline Questers, the hard core ravers, the folk singers, the late night drummers and all and everyone in between! We all have our parts to play in creating the energy that flows into this fantastical city. Our collective creativity will find its outlet in the virtual world throughout these times and we will grow stronger. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter to keep in touch.
“Please stay safe, be kind to yourselves, take this time to look after you and your loved ones, stand with your neighbours in awe and solidarity of the NHS and all key and essential workers, savour this chance to reconnect, whatever form that may take. These are very hard times, but the lights of humanity are shining brightly, and for that we must all be so proud.
Featured image credit: Scott Salt
Couple: Charlie Raven
Old Town: Benjamin Paul
Nucleus: Tom Martin