Even though we’ve deep down known for a while now that we’d likely not see any type of normality return to the live music sector this year, yesterday’s news of the banning of mass gatherings over 5000 people makes that notion a complete reality.
Most Irish festivals due to take place this summer had been adopting and “wait and see” policy that would have taken insurance policies, band travel availability, governmental guidelines, travel restrictions, social distancing, provider restrictions, budgeting and financial (artist fees, service costs, staff wages, insurance etc ) and licensing into account, but yesterday’s news made the decision for these promoters, who likely, knew it was coming.
Still, it’s a hard blow and one worth repeating, mass cancellations of music festivals in Ireland or anywhere else on this scale has never happened before. A lot of these festivals may not have enough in their contingency to simply take a year off while incurring costs so if you want them to come back then do consider not refunding your ticket to help their cash flow. Yes, MCD and Festival Republic may be the big players but even they aren’t immune to such heavy losses if you value the festivals they are putting on. But it’s the smaller ones like Body&Soul who will need your support most.
Below, are the responses from the festivals from yesterday’s news, so you can make your own mind up on what’s next and see how they are responding.
Ticket provider to contact buyers.
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FOLLOWING THE GOVERNMENT OF IRELAND DIRECTIVE TO BAN ALL MASS GATHERINGS, WE ARE SADLY UNABLE TO PROCEED WITH LIFE FESTIVAL IN MAY 2020 WE FULLY SUPPORT THE GOVERNMENT’S DECISION. THE SAFETY OF OUR AUDIENCE AND STAFF IS OUR PRIORITY. WE WANT TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO THANK FRONTLINE WORKERS WHO ARE WORKING EXTREMELY HARD TO KEEP US ALL SAFE. WE WILL BE IN TOUCH DIRECTLY OVER THE COMING DAYS WITH FURTHER INFORMATION AND YOU WILL BE CONTACTED DIRECTLY BY YOUR TICKET PROVIDER. PLEASE KEEP AN EYE ON THE WEBSITE, EMAIL AND SOCIAL MEDIA FOR UPDATES. PLEASE BE PATIENT WITH US WHILE WE GET THIS INFORMATION TO YOU IN WHAT IS AN UNPRECEDENTED TIME. LOOK AFTER EACH OTHER AND STAY SAFE. LIFE FESTIVAL TEAM
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We fully support the government’s decision. The safety of our audience and staff is our priority. We want to take this opportunity to thank Frontline workers who are working extremely hard to keep us all safe. We will be in touch directly over the coming days with further information and you will be contacted directly by your ticket provider. Please keep an eye on the website, email and social media for updates. Please be patient with us while we get this information to you in what is an unprecedented time.
Your ticket refund is available from the original point of purchase. If you booked online or by phone, Ticketmaster will process your refund directly back to you via your original payment method, which will take up to seven working days to process.
Refunds on the cards.
Festival Director Avril Stanley said:
This is a challenging time for everyone, including the Body&Soul family, and I am heartbroken to confirm that Body&Soul 2020 cannot go ahead due to updated Covid-19 restrictions guidelines that were issued by the government which state that all large scale gatherings are banned up to the end of August 2020.
While the impact of this decision creates ripples throughout our creative community spread across the globe, Body&Soul’s top priority lies in keeping its artists, attendees, staff and extended community healthy and safe, and we absolutely respect the government’s decision and the steps it must take to protect everyone amidst this unprecedented crisis.
Having shelved an incredible decade of an ever-evolving festival landscape, we were due to celebrate our 11th edition this Summer Solstice weekend across the new artisan food trails in the Castle’s Walled Gardens, extensive wellness Sanctuary space, immersive art installations, inspiring visionary talks and one of our favourite line ups yet, including Metronomy, Róisín Murphy, King Kong Company and Princess Nokia.
I would like to extend my sincerest gratitude to all the Body&Soulers; staff, volunteers, artists, partners and facilitators who have invested their time and energy and worked so hard to create the 2020 event.
The ticketing company will be contacting everyone who has purchased a ticket about the refund process. We appreciate your patience on this matter and they will get to you as soon as is humanly possible.
While we may not be able to gather in person this June, we are with you in spirit. We’re not going anywhere.
In the meantime, mind one another. Together, we’ll make it through to the other side of this, slowly but surely.
Refunds available or hold ticket til 2021.
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Kaleidoscope Festival Cancellation Statement This year’s Kaleidoscope festival will no longer be taking place this summer, due to the Government directive that there will be no mass gatherings in Ireland until Autumn. Rest assured we will be back next year and can’t wait to welcome you all back in June 2021. We will return better than ever, with an amazing festival and line-up with very special treats and new activities to enthral and entertain all. We can’t wait to see you all then. Thank you, as ever, for your continued support and also thanks to Russborough House, our partners, artists, crew and all those involved working on our festival. Your ticket refund is available from the original point of purchase, or if you prefer, you can retain your ticket and carry it over to next year. If you booked online or by phone, Ticketmaster will process your refund directly back to you via your original payment method, which will take up to seven working days to process. In the meantime we will continue to provide you with updates and lots of activities and fun things to do through our Instagram @kaleidoscopeireland from growing sprouts to family discos to making salted caramels at home while you stay safe. The Carnival of Colour will continue and we will all dance again. Kaleidoscope 2021 will take place next year as the final school bell tolls, marking the start of school summer holidays. For now, Stay Home, Stay Safe and Wash Your Hands! Big Love from the Kaleidoscope Family. 🌈
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Ticketmaster to contact buyers.
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Unfortunately we have sad news to announce. Due to the continued Covid 19 restrictions Sea Sessions 2020 will not be able to proceed. We had been holding out as long as possible in the hope that the ‘beach party of the year’ would get a green light, but we have now received official word from government that all festivals and concerts over a capacity of 5000 will have to be shelved. While we understand many people will be gutted by the news we ask you to bear in mind the very real and far more serious consequences Covid 19 is taking on families across the country. But don’t worry. . . . when the clouds lift and the storm settles we will be back like a new swell on the horizon with our unique mix of surfing, music and partying in summer 2021. TICKETMASTER will be in touch within the next 10 working days. Look out for an email from them. Bear in mind that Ticketmaster are really busy at the moment so only contact them if you haven’t heard from them within 10 working days. We’ll be issuing further information in the coming days regarding the 2021 event so please keep an eye on our website or social Media Channels. Please be patient with us and look after yourself and your loved ones. Stay Safe! Sea Sessions Crew.
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The Doolin Folk Festival
No official statement yet.
Ticketholders being contacted.
As Yurt City is under 5000 people, the festival is tentatively going ahead with plans. Statement.
The news that events over 5,000 capacity before September are currently restricted has has definitely given us a lift today. As Yurt City falls well under this cap as things stand we are currently still going ahead on August 14th/15th.
We are busy working on the plans now for this years event and look forward to sharing more news and artists soon.
We will be continuing to monitor the situation closely and will be following government guidelines and restrictions but for now, let’s stay positive 🙂
Roll on August for a magical gathering together ❤️
Refunds or hold til 2021.
Festival tickets for ATN 2020 will be fully valid for ATN 2021 next year and we would ask you to stand with us through this time and hold your tickets, as an independent Irish festival, doing so will go a long way to our survival through these challenging times. Ticketmaster will be in contact with ticket holders within the next 7-days.
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Following today’s announcement from the Irish Government extending restrictions on licensed events and gatherings into the summer, it’s with great sadness we announce that this year’s All Together Now will not be able to take place. Like everyone across the world, we’ve been watching the ongoing effects that COVID-19 is having on our everyday lives. The health and safety of our audience, team and performers, plus the extended communities, to which they belong, takes total precedence at this time of global crisis. Being ‘All Together’ has never been more poignant. While for now, we can’t be together physically, we must be together in spirit by following HSE & Government guidelines, supporting frontline staff, our local communities, independent businesses and artists who need our support more than ever. The decision of this year’s festival not going ahead is not one we have taken lightly. In these unprecedented and uncertain times, we had no choice. This will no doubt have severe implications on everyone involved from artists, technicians, crew, suppliers, traders, charity partners and all those who work year-round to make the festival happen and just as importantly, our amazing audience for whom festivals are a place of freedom, inspiration and escapism. Festival tickets for ATN 2020 will be fully valid for ATN 2021 next year and we would ask you to stand with us through this time and hold your tickets, as an independent Irish festival, doing so will go a long way to our survival through these challenging times. Ticketmaster will be in contact with ticket holders within the next 7-days. We have never needed something to look forward to as much as we do now! We promise that we will continue to work tirelessly to make next year’s festival an unforgettable celebration of TOGETHERNESS – All Together Now 2021 July 30 to August 1. We’re looking forward to seeing you then and in the meantime… Stay Home, Stay Safe & Stay Positive. Love, ATN Team x POD Family
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Smaller than 5000 so still possibly going ahead.
Should events worsen, or restrictions change again – as is still possible – and should we have to cancel, we want to make clear that in that event ticket holders will be given the option to :
1. A full refund
2. Roll ticket over to ALS2021
3. Donate to the festival
It happens 3 days after restrictions lifted but with large festivals cancelling across Europe and yesterday’s statement from MCD, Electric Picnic going ahead now looks about as unrealistic as Melvin Benn’s original statement at the launch.
“I’m not worried about it at all. I’m full steam ahead unless the governments here and in the UK say we can’t go ahead. I’m 100 per cent of the belief that by June we will all be over the hump and we will all have forgotten about it, quite frankly, and all you buggers” – the media – “will find something else to write about it.
Planning on going ahead.
Anything not included above was previously postponed or cancelled and listed here.
Irish Festivals that have been cancelled or postponed to later in the year or 2021 include It Takes A Village (2021), AVA Festival (2021), LEAF (Sept), Eastbound (Oct), Musictown (Sept), Carlow Arts Festival (2021), Hotbox (2021), K-Fest (2021) and Vantastival (September).