COVID-19

COVID-19

Wednesday 24th February 2021:

After the PM’s update on 22/02/21, it feels like the whole country collectively breathed an almighty sigh of relief, got our diaries out and started planning for post lockdown life to return! With spring in the air, it feels freedom is within reach!

From a Boomtown point of view, whilst the statement was of course incredibly welcomed, the path to us 100% going ahead is still filled with some uncertainty, but we too have taken a whole heap of hope and optimism from the announcement. The light is most certainly shining brighter over our summer today, in contrast to last week.

We were so humbled by the unbelievable amount of you who bought tickets and shared your excitement at this glimmer of hope we’ve all had for a much-needed summer of festivals in real life this year. 

We wish we could shout from the rooftops with certainty, but we’re not quite there yet, and we can say the biggest thank you for your continued support, and whatever happens, we will try our very, very hardest to be able to bring our incredible community back together this year.

Biggest love 

Boomtown

**Please note**

All further updates and announcements on the impact of COVID-19 with regards to the 2021 festival will be released here as soon as it is appropriate and our FAQs will be added on an ongoing basis.  

If you have any specific questions that are not answered below; please email info@boomtownfair.co.uk and we will be in touch directly.

What measures will we be taking to keep people safe?

Public and crew safety is paramount and every element of the festival will be impacted by new safety protocols. Currently, we are working closely with all our partners at a national and local level, so that all decisions regarding festivals in 2021 are made by the right people and at the right time.

Right now, it’s impossible to announce exactly what COVID safety measures will be in place in August because the situation remains ever-evolving. However, we are continuing to look at all eventualities including the below. If you would like to see the full breakdown of the latest recommended festival guidelines that have been produced collaboratively by the festival industry, then check out The Purple Guide

Testing:
✔ Vaccinations, rapid testing and on site testing 

Crowd Considerations:
✔ Festival layout and crowd flow
✔ Arrival, departures and accreditation 
✔ Campsite management 

Sanitation:
✔ Handwashing, toilets, showers and hygiene facilities
✔ Festival cleaning regimes
✔ Bars and traders

Medical and Welfare:
✔ Full evaluation of medical provision 

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Industry Wide Activity

Being part of the conversation and contributing to the future of the festival industry at a national and local (Hampshire) level is key for Boomtown. Since March 2020 we’ve been heavily involved with industry-wide and government working groups to help create and develop working policies, guidance and procedures to ensure industry-wide safety protocols and measures for the 2021 season

Industry groups include:

  • The department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) 
  • Public Health England (PHE)
  • The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) 
  • The Association of Festival Organisers (AFO)
  • Events Industry Forum (EIF) 
  • Attitude Is Everything

Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Inquiry Committee

On 5th January 2021, Boomtown gave evidence at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Select Committee’s inquiry into safeguarding the future of the sector and the impact of COVID-19. 

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FAQs

Our FAQs will be added on an ongoing basis.  If you have any specific questions that are not answered below; please email info@boomtownfair.co.uk and we will be in touch directly.

If Boomtown 2021 is postponed will my ticket still be valid?

Yes, if you have a ticket it will be valid for the next instalment of Boomtown, whenever that may be. Please see the T&Cs here for more information. 

If Boomtown 2021 is cancelled due to COVID will I be able to get a refund? 

In the event of Boomtown being cancelled due to COVID, you will be eligible for a refund. You can find the full details on our cancellation policy in clause 1.5A of our T&Cs

Can I get ticket insurance?

You can take out ticket insurance with Booking Protect. The Booking protect option is not provided by Boomtown but is offered by TicketSellers to protect your booking, if the event takes place and you have insurance, you will be covered for a number of reasons. Booking Protect will also cover your booking if you or a member of your immediate family tests positive for COVID-19. For more information about what’s covered and what isn’t covered in relation to COVID please see here.

Please note you can only buy this at the point of purchase, unfortunately this is only available for new ticket purchases and cannot be added to previous bookings. Please refer to Booking Protect for full T&Cs.

What are the current National Express COVID Safety measures?

You can find all the safety information on National Express here, plus you can check out their film here

Will you require a vaccine to attend?

The introduction of the vaccine is welcome news. At the moment we, the festival industry and the government are exploring the impact of this on the festival season. These conversations are in very early stages and as soon as we have an update we will let you know via our website, newsletters and social media channels. 

Will you have rapid testing available?

At the moment we, the festival industry and the government are exploring the impact of this on the festival season. These conversations are in very early stages and as soon as we have an update we will let you know via our website, newsletters and social media channels. 

What are you going to do about social distancing regulations?

It’s still not clear what will be required by August, so it is too early to go into detail over any social distancing regulations and whether that is a workable option at a festival. The health and safety of our attendees is our top priority and we will release a full update regarding all our COVID safety measures as soon as it is appropriate. 

Will there be a higher standard of hygiene facilities eg. Hand sanitiser points and handwashing facilities etc

Yes. The health and safety of our attendees is our top priority and we will be taking all precautions necessary. We will release a full update regarding all our COVID safety measures as it is appropriate. 

Will we have to wear a mask?

The health and safety of our attendees is our top priority and we will be taking all precautions necessary. We will release a full update regarding all our COVID safety measures as it is appropriate.