Hopes high that Witcombe Festival will go ahead
By David Wood
Organisers of this August's Witcombe Festival in Gloucestershire say there is some hope that a weekend of dance and music will still be on the cards.
Festival organiser Joe Pointon said: "We want to assure anyone who has already bought a ticket or thinking of buying one that this year's event will still go ahead.
"We are as confident as anyone else that the latest restrictions will be lifted on July 19th, meaning our event can go ahead without any of the current restrictions in place."
However, Joe added with some caution: "If the last year has taught us anything it is be prepared for the unexpected. So we are working tirelessly to ensure we are up to date on all the latest protocols and putting any necessary systems in place should some of the restrictions remain in place."
Last week the organisers had a productive meeting with Gloucestershire Public Health who are encouragingly happy to support the event and want it to go ahead as planned on the August Bank Holiday weekend.
Joe said of the meeting: "It was really encouraging and they've been really supportive and offered us lots of advice. It is our priority to make the event as safe as possible and we are working tirelessly alongside all authorities to achieve this."
Last year Covid-19 wiped out the UK summer Festival season and it was with a heavy heart that Joe and his team had to cancel Witcombe 2019 but they are remaining optimistic for this year and with some big names acts on the line-up, including Annie Mac, Basement Jaxx, John Newman, Andy C and Tinie, they look forward to welcoming back people to the gorgeous Gloucestershire countryside this year.
Joe said: "It's been an incredibly difficult time for all our industry and its associated suppliers. Despite government support it's been a very stressful time for all involved. We now face waiting another month to see if all restrictions will be lifted. In addition, we're also eagerly waiting on new guidance from the Government test events which are due soon to see if that brings with it any new changes to procedures."
The good news is that the vaccine uptake in Gloucestershire for 25-35 year olds has been high according to NHS data so there is confidence that festival goers will be able to dance away to their favourite acts without risk to their health.
Tickets are still available for Witcombe Festival and Joe and his team are encouraging people who want to attend to get theirs now before the anticipated rush, come the July 19th announcement. For those worried about any further possible cancelations you are reminded that if you book direct through their booking agent you will be entitled to a refund in the unlikely event it no longer goes.
To book tickets or for more information go to www.witcombefestival.co.uk
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