COVID-19

COVID-19

Due to the ongoing and ever-changing strategy around COVID-19, the 2021 festival season is still unknown in terms of what kind of events will be permitted. 

At time of writing (21st Jan 2021) we are continuing to plan for the event in August. We are currently carrying out the essentials from our ‘business-as-usual’ planning cycle in order for us to be able to step things up dramatically if/when the timeline becomes clearer. Our current main focus is to ensure we consider all safety and safeguarding measures required for public, crew, contractors and suppliers, artists and performers and those who live in the surrounding area, in all of our operational plans and processes.

The current landscape is ever-changing with new technologies and advancements happening at an incredible rate, so thankfully our timeline gives us a few months breathing space before we have to make any major decisions. In this time we will continue to work with our partners and colleagues at local and national level including government departments, to ensure we are as informed as possible as to what the summer will look like and the feasibility of being able to put on a show of Boomtown’s scale.

Thank you so much for keeping the faith, as we’ve said before, where there’s hope, there’s happiness! And we continue to have both, whatever the path we’re currently on throws at us!

Biggest love to you all.

**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. 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.