Boomtown Fair organisers have issued a statement in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, after other festivals around the world have been forced to cancel in an attempt to halt the spread of coronavirus.
In response to questions on whether Boomtown will take place as planned this August, organisers said the short answer is “yes” and they: “feel it’s very likely we will still be in a position to deliver a show of spectacular offering in August.”
Organisers say “the uncertainty does creep back in” should the UK Government force the cancellation of events before then, but they would keep planning for Boomtown as normal, as official advice suggests the main threat should have passed by August.
Boomtown also wished “a massive thank you” to their “incredible” fans for their continued support and added: “wash your hands, keep yourselves, your loved ones and neighbours safe, and look out for those more vulnerable than ourselves.”
Boomtown Fair Chapter 12: New Beginnings will take place from Wednesday 12th to Sunday 16th August 2020 at the Matterley Estate near Winchester. Wu-Tang Clan, Underworld, Kano and Damian Marley all feature on this year’s line-up. Boomtown are also aiming to plant one million trees this year and have already raised over £20,000 on a crowdfunder set up to do this. Earlier this week, they announced their first-ever pre-gatherings ahead of the main festival.
The full statement posted to Facebook; reads: “What unprecedented times we’re living in… Firstly, we just wanted to say a massive thank you to all the incredible people who continue to support us and are still buying tickets in such a positive way, and to all of you who are keeping your faith in tens of thousands of us being able to come together to dance again in August!! ❤️ It’s so amazing to see!! As a completely independent event, your positivity throughout the next few months really will make all of the difference in being able to navigate our way through this.
“In light of the government’s response to the current COVID-19 viral pandemic yesterday, even though our event isn’t until August, there is understandably a lot of confusion and uncertainty over the current situation.
“To help steer us through this tricky time, we’ve pulled together some current answers to a handful of the most common queries we’ve been getting in over the past week or so. See below for a few Q&As, but please remember this is an ever-unfolding situation and we will, of course, keep providing regular updates on where we’re at this end as we venture further into this path of unknowns.
“Until next time dear friends, thanks again for your support, wash your hands, keep yourselves, your loved ones and neighbours safe, and look out for those more vulnerable than ourselves.
“Q. Will Boomtown take place in August?
“In short, yes. We’ve been in back to back meetings over the past week or so, horizon scanning, scenario planning and running various risk assessments (sadly running a festival isn’t just about dreaming up fantasy worlds, with amazing sets, incredible artists and insanely exciting adventures!) Obviously, with an event as complex as ours, there’s an immense amount of moveable parts to consider, but for now, we feel it’s very likely we will still be in a position to deliver a show of spectacular offering in August.
“Q. What happens if all events are cancelled for the foreseeable future?
“If the government forces all events to cancel for an unspecified amount of time then the uncertainty does creep back in, but we would still absolutely keep plans in motion to hold the festival in August. After looking at all the medical predictions and advice coming from UK government, Public Health England, the NHS and the World Health Organisation, it is understood, at this time, that by August the main threat of COVID-19 should have dissipated and most industries should be back up and running. We will of course constantly monitor this as more unfolds over the coming months.
“Q. Can I get my money back if the event is cancelled?
“Although cancellation is a highly unlikely scenario, there are full details on our cancellation policy in our T&Cs. More info here. However, if you are worried about what might happen if you are unable to make the festival for any reason, it might be worth looking into some ticket insurance, such as Booking Protect. These cover you for a few other options should for some reason you not be able to attend the event any more.”
Boomtown Fair 2020 line-up poster
Every Boomtown 2020 line-up so far
- Thursday 6th February: Over 200 main artists revealed
- Friday 28th February: Area 404
- Tuesday 3rd March: Forgotten Valley
- Thursday 13th February: ‘Plant one million trees’ crowdfunder launched
- Tuesday 10th March: Pre-festival gatherings in Bristol
- Friday 13th March: Metropolis
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