FAQ: What’s going on with festivals this summer?

We thought we’d put together a few answers to some questions that you may have following the news this weekend…

What’s going on with festivals this summer?

This week there has been a lot about music festivals in the news. Some of it helpful, some not so much. The main thing that has happened is that the Association of Independent Festivals (which we’re a part of) has asked the government to put an insurance scheme in place in the event that festivals are cancelled.

This is essential for large festivals, who have to start spending money now, as the private sector insurers have withdrawn all available cover.

Is this because festivals are going to be cancelled again?

In short, no. The government has been doing research into how live events can go ahead and are due to announce the results on 14th June. So far, it all looks very positive.

So, how does this impact my Valley Fest ticket?

It doesn’t really. We’re in the very fortunate position to be financially supported by some great sponsors: Yeo Valley, Octopus Energy, Thatchers, Butcombe Brewery, Aldwick Estate, Coombe Farm, Pip Organic and Unrooted. And we were lucky to receive a government grant, as well as benefiting from the chancellor’s reduction in VAT.

Even without a national insurance scheme Valley Fest is still able to offer full refunds or rollover of tickets to next year in the event of a cancellation.

When will I know for sure that Valley Fest is going ahead?

It’s hard to say for sure, but we’ll know a lot more on 14th June. We’re only a small set up, so we can adapt to new guidelines right up to two weeks before we are due to start opening the gates. And we are planning for all eventualities.

So should I still buy a ticket now?

Yes, definitely. We’ve sold three quarters of all available tickets, so if you want to come, we recommend getting one before they sell out!