Sadly the organisers of Cambridge Folk Festival have taken the decision to cancel the 2021 event. The full announcement is below, but the key points seem to be “We still don’t know whether artists will be able to travel internationally and what steps organisers would be required to take to keep the public safe”. With huge uncertainty over international travel, and the almost complete lack of any kind of practical advice from the Government, this probably won’t be the only event that doesn’t go ahead in 2021.
The full announcement:
The Cambridge Folk Festival will not go ahead this year, it has been announced. Ticket holders will be offered a choice of a full refund or rolling their tickets forward to 2022.
“This has been an incredibly difficult decision, and it is not one any of us wanted to make,” said Cllr Anna Smith, Executive Councillor for Communities. “The Festival is an enormous undertaking, bringing together scores of artists, hundreds of staff, and thousands of music lovers from around the country and beyond, which we are not currently able to guarantee can be delivered safely. Our first responsibility must be the well-being of the people we serve – both our festival-goers and our local residents.”
“Despite the government roadmap out of lockdown, a great deal of uncertainty remains over how large-scale summer events would work,” Cllr Smith continued. “We still don’t know whether artists will be able to travel internationally and what steps organisers would be required to take to keep the public safe. With summer and the need to make binding contractual commitments fast approaching, we couldn’t delay a decision any longer. We are all so upset that we can’t have the Festival this summer, but we look forward to being together again in person in 2022.”
Ticket holders will be contacted by the Festival’s box office in due course
That’s a sore blow to the Summer line up of festivals.