The outbreak of the Coronavirus has changed the shape of our world and many industries will be radically altered by its repercussions - few more so than the events world. We’ve seen the festival and live events sector, an industry worth more than £25bn worldwide, grind to a halt with any form of public gatherings being hit fast and hard as this crisis has unfolded. At Feast It we work with a wide range of events, from small independent festivals to large concerts and arena shows. We’re incredibly proud to be a stakeholder in this industry - the UK’s festival scene is the greatest in the world and we plan to do everything we can to help it survive this crisis.
Many of the events and festivals that you had been planning to go to this summer involve 365 days of incredibly hard work, resulting in the few days of hedonism that we all know and love. This is financed entirely by ticket sales and it is this steady flow of income that enables the events to cover their running costs - including marketing, licencing, artist deposits, wages, infrastructure, materials, production and much more. Then in the latter stages, as the live event draws closer, further costs incurred include artists’ travel, accommodation and more. The reality is that even if every guest's ticket were to be rolled over to 2021, these events would be facing costs consisting of two years of production, with just one year of revenue. This is why a number of festivals are asking their attendees, if they can, to donate the value of their ticket to ensure these festivals are around for us all to enjoy and party at together in years to come!
Our friends at SoulCircus have pivoted their model to create ‘Soul Circus at home’. This is their new on-demand subscription service for online streaming the best of the SoulCircus Yoga & Wellness weekend, from yoga instructors to chefs. They’ve also offered 500 free weekend festival tickets to key workers, spreading their spirit of wellness to those in need of support for their work.
“The effects on our business have been unprecedented and with that has come the chance to look at things with fresh eyes. With the summer looming and the lack of information how long this will go on for, we've had to consider that our physical festival may or may not go ahead. This is obviously a devastating blow, but it is also not the time to give up as we need our communities now more than ever. So with that in mind, we took the leap into the online Yoga and Wellness world to keep our community connected through whatever life throws at us.” Ella Wroath, Founder
Sadly, the El Dorado team has taken the difficult decision to cancel this year’s festival. All tickets are being carried over to 2021 and for every ticket, they’re donating £5 across the Wye Valley NHS Trust and St Michael’s Hospice in support of local key workers. There’s been immense support for the festival, which promises to come back bigger and better in 2021!
The FSTVL team has taken the decision to postpone this year's festival and have now set a provisional date of 12th & 13th September. They’re hosting engaging social competitions, including Fatboy Slim House Party stream, for their community to get involved with and have released 100 FSTVL tickets to be won.
Sharing a series of anecdotes and reflections from festival-goers, ‘Our Stories’ is bringing together the Warm Up community on their Instagram. The festival has sadly had to postpone their inaugural instalment until 2021. They have set up a dontation page to try and help them survive and are asking their community for help if they can give it at this time.
“Since the covid-19 outbreak we've had to cancel multiple events and sadly postpone our August festival until next summer. We've invested funds we'll never see again which puts a huge strain on our business. We're also aware of the implications for a lot of our community members who rely on the social aspect of our regular events; to be with like-minded people and enjoy music they love in a judgement free space. We feel a huge responsibility to other businesses as well as to our loyal ticket holders and hope we can pull through this to play our part in keeping the important events industry alive at a time when we'll really need it.” Amy Moffat, Director
51st State’s ‘Lockdown Live sessions’ are in full swing and keeping us all grooving at home, with awesome live sets. Positively, the festival is still set to go ahead on the 1st August, with the team closely monitoring the crisis and updating ticket holders as the situation develops..
Hifields Festival is still planning to go ahead from the 3rd - 5th October this year. However, with the outlook undoubtedly uncertain for public events, they’re monitoring progressions closely. For our quarantine listening, they’ve launched ‘Lockdown Booty Shakers’ on their MixCloud, releasing big tunes every two weeks.
The difficult decision was made to postpone Sound City 2020 to September 25th - 27th, with all tickets valid for the date change. Their outlook is positive for things going ahead later this year and to keep us all entertained they hosted the epic ‘Stay at Home Festival’. This included performances from The Wombats and Friendly Fires, who will all be playing in September.
With this year’s Noisily Festival cancelled, they’ve created a number of ways people can help them survive. For current ticket holders, their tickets will be automatically rolled over to the 2021 instalment. However, they’re asking that if you can, to donate this year’s ticket price - or even just a portion of it - in support of the festival and to keep it afloat. The Noisily team have also set up a crowdfunding page that can be found here - all donations are welcome, with prizes up for grabs!
Houghton has been moved to 12th-15th August 2021, with its loyal following urged to carry over their tickets to next year and support the festival in its fifth year of being. Held in the beautiful grounds of Houghton Hall, the festival is famous for its 24 hour music licence, which creates a unique environment of uninterrupted joy for festival-goers and it's an experience we’re holding out for next year.
The Gottwood team have made the decision to postpone the festival to June 2021 and it’s fair to say the festival’s ticket holders will be left pining for the idyllic forest setting and swims on the secluded beach nearby. Positioned on the Welsh coast in Anglesey, Gottwood’s personality has been moulded not only by its environment, but their family ethos and expansive electronic line-up, all of which will ensure they have our full support going into 2021.
From live poetry and dance performances, to epic Spotify playlists that are powering us through the lockdown days, Shambala have been sharing the delights of the festival through their social channels. The festival is one of our favourites as a team and they are due to celebrate their 20th anniversary this year. They are optimistic about the event going ahead this summer however if it is cancelled, tickets are being rolled over to 2021 when their “Adventures in Utopia” will resume again!
Main photograph by: Nick Caro.