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Just now, steviewevie said:

I mean, if social distancing rules being relaxed...then that means festivals and house parties are allowed..as well as full pubs etc.

Just can't see any link in the Sunday Timesto what that account refers to.

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Yeah, I'm really annoyed on behalf of fests that have cancelled in the past couple of weeks. I'm hoping there's some 'reverse' button a couple of them might be able to press to make it happen, but I guess things like site builds and supply chains are so complex that there's no way back once you've cancelled.

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9 minutes ago, jannybruck said:

Yeah, I'm really annoyed on behalf of fests that have cancelled in the past couple of weeks. I'm hoping there's some 'reverse' button a couple of them might be able to press to make it happen, but I guess things like site builds and supply chains are so complex that there's no way back once you've cancelled.

I'd hope so too but sadly don't think it's plausible with all the logistics, my heart breaks for all of them though but it gives good confidence for the 2022 festival season which will surely be the party of the century. I imagine we'll see plenty of last minute pop up events/gigs announced over the coming weeks though 

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Was chatting to a girl yesterday who was working for WOMAD and was workin for Glasto. She had a pretty level headed approach to the situation, but yeah her position was that it's going to be almost impossible for most festivals to go ahead this year unless they are a 'test event'.

Restrictions aside, it's impossible to get the people in who build the sites at this late stage and within the industry it sounds like there is still a lot of unclarity about how things look next year. The test events like 'Latitude' do sound like they've been hand picked through back handers - which is harsh.

Looking forward to next year and heart goes out to anyone in the industry.

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3 hours ago, MrBarry465 said:

Was chatting to a girl yesterday who was working for WOMAD and was workin for Glasto. She had a pretty level headed approach to the situation, but yeah her position was that it's going to be almost impossible for most festivals to go ahead this year unless they are a 'test event'.

Restrictions aside, it's impossible to get the people in who build the sites at this late stage and within the industry it sounds like there is still a lot of unclarity about how things look next year. The test events like 'Latitude' do sound like they've been hand picked through back handers - which is harsh.

Looking forward to next year and heart goes out to anyone in the industry.

But wouldn't major festivals such as R&L & Creamfields go on with ease?

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19 minutes ago, TGCarr said:

But wouldn't major festivals such as R&L & Creamfields go on with ease?

The main toilet contractor who does all 3 of those normally(A1 Group), are not able to do Creamfields this year due to lack of staff and infrastructure.

There will be a lot more similar issues across the industry, especially on busy weekends such as the BH and where multiple festivals have moved from earlier in the year.  

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11 minutes ago, Paul ™ said:

The main toilet contractor who does all 3 of those normally(A1 Group), are not able to do Creamfields this year due to lack of staff and infrastructure.

There will be a lot more similar issues across the industry, especially on busy weekends such as the BH and where multiple festivals have moved from earlier in the year.  

Well this will be fun 😂😂

I'm still hopeful both go ahead 

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8 hours ago, Chapple12345 said:

So many great festivals going ahead lile Tramlines, Kendal Calling, Y Not.... oh wait... the exact guidance they needed announced when it's too late 

Tramlines is going ahead ain't it?

But yeah it's shite 

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14 minutes ago, Paul ™ said:

Tramlines is going ahead ain't it?

But yeah it's shite 

Poo I meant Truck! So many have cancelled now I've lost track of what's still going ahead! Agreed though my thoughts are with all those effected by the cancellations but at least this means we should be able to have a season in 2022

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20 minutes ago, Chapple12345 said:

Poo I meant Truck! So many have cancelled now I've lost track of what's still going ahead! Agreed though my thoughts are with all those effected by the cancellations but at least this means we should be able to have a season in 2022

Going ahead: Latitude, Standon Calling, Camp Bestival, Wilderness, Boardmasters, BDs, R+L, Creamfields, Lost Village, Big Feastival, EOTR.

Plus IOW and NASS on rearranged dates, and mini versions of Shambala and Boomtown. Probably a few others I've missed as well - but there's enough there that while it's nowhere near a proper summer, everyone should still be able to find something to interest them.

If the rumours about todays announcement are true, then I'd expect all of those to make it. It'd feel odd to hold out this long and then cancel when you get an effective "all clear".

Green Man is technically still on at the moment, but are in Wales under different rules and it sounds like they're about to cancel.

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4 minutes ago, incident said:

Going ahead: Latitude, Standon Calling, Camp Bestival, Wilderness, Boardmasters, BDs, R+L, Creamfields, Lost Village, Big Feastival, EOTR.

Plus IOW and NASS on rearranged dates, and mini versions of Shambala and Boomtown. Probably a few others I've missed as well - but there's enough there that while it's nowhere near a proper summer, everyone should still be able to find something to interest them.

If the rumours about todays announcement are true, then I'd expect all of those to make it. It'd feel odd to hold out this long and then cancel when you get an effective "all clear".

Green Man is technically still on at the moment, but are in Wales under different rules and it sounds like they're about to cancel.

It's going to be interesting to see what Drakeford does, if he's too harsh on restrictions while England opens up he'll get crucified.

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6 minutes ago, incident said:

Going ahead: Latitude, Standon Calling, Camp Bestival, Wilderness, Boardmasters, BDs, R+L, Creamfields, Lost Village, Big Feastival, EOTR.

Plus IOW and NASS on rearranged dates, and mini versions of Shambala and Boomtown. Probably a few others I've missed as well - but there's enough there that while it's nowhere near a proper summer, everyone should still be able to find something to interest them.

If the rumours about todays announcement are true, then I'd expect all of those to make it. It'd feel odd to hold out this long and then cancel when you get an effective "all clear".

Green Man is technically still on at the moment, but are in Wales under different rules and it sounds like they're about to cancel.

Also, Watchet, Farmer Phil's  and Equinox still listed and looking good now, will believe it all when I see it but things seem to be going the right way.

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7 minutes ago, gizmoman said:

Also, Watchet, Farmer Phil's  and Equinox still listed and looking good now, will believe it all when I see it but things seem to be going the right way.

Yeah, knew I'd miss a few.

Also, Lakefest, We Out Here, Carfest, and if someone gets really fucking desperate, Rewind.

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35 minutes ago, Memory Man said:

Question… is insurance not still an issue? Insuring against a re-imposition of restrictions? Its not likely but you’d want to be insured for it

Exactly this, even if Bowjob announces a lifting of restrictions today the essential problem remains; can they get any insurance in case of a sudden reimposition of restrictions?

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22 minutes ago, Losing my hair said:

Exactly this, even if Bowjob announces a lifting of restrictions today the essential problem remains; can they get any insurance in case of a sudden reimposition of restrictions?

Dowden said last week that they will look at what the insurance industry does AFTER 19th July before looking into any government backed insurance. So no help at all from government and still the same doubts over restrictions bei9ng put back in especially as large gatherings will be first to go if that happens.

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If I was a festival I'd ensure testing before entering is mandated.

It's up to them to make the call, but it definitely helps them escape the incoming blame if infections sky rocket.

Plus it'll probably ease a lot of minds 

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15 minutes ago, TGCarr said:

If I was a festival I'd ensure testing before entering is mandated.

It's up to them to make the call, but it definitely helps them escape the incoming blame if infections sky rocket.

Plus it'll probably ease a lot of minds 

Makes total sense but has a couple of potential problems.

Will the government make tests free for such things? If not then where is the cost met, does the festival take it on or do the punters have to pay?

I think it should happen but sooner or later LFT's will cease to be free to all and I am sure most cannot afford loads of PCR tests to go places.

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