Kendall Calling organisers cancel 2021 and criticise government
After months of no one knowing when the UK will unlock, Kendall Calling have sadly reached their limits and been forced to cancel the 2021 festival. Set for July 29 to August 1st, it now won’t take place.
However, in their cancellation statement the organisers have set out clearly why they have to cancel, and taken critical aim at the government: “Last Monday saw the delay of the so-called ‘Freedom Day’. As Kendal Calling sits outside of this delay we would still be in a strong position to proceed… But Monday also saw a less publicised delay; the release of the long-awaited research from the Event Research Programme (ERP) and with it, crucially, the publication of safety guidance on how we run events.
Without this safety guidance, there are numerous aspects of the festival we cannot plan, and which could lay us wide open to last minute unforeseen regulations or requirements which could scupper an already built festival. Capacity or density restrictions, track and trace protocol, testing regime, COVID certification – a host of unknown actions required yet potentially requested too late to be implemented.”
“This is insulting to our entire industry, who have been awaiting the results of a pilot event that took place almost 2 months ago to inform our approach to staging events safely this summer,” the team behind KC went on. “Yet there was still hope. Last week we were invited to apply to join the next round of the Event Research Programme, which would manage us past this lack of guidance. This was our last chance. However, on Saturday night (June 19) we heard back that another camping festival was chosen. We have not been told the reasons why or exactly what the criteria was by the Government.”
“Postponing in 2020 was sad but understandable. Postponing in 2021 is heartbreaking. Infuriating… Going two summers without a festival is devastating to all of us; we need the support of our audience now more than ever and retaining your tickets would go the longest way in helping us during this period.”
Tickets will be rolled over to next year, but refunds are available.
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