Coventry Folk News

17th June 2021

Warwick Folk Festival postponed.

Lockdown delay puts paid to plans for new venue launch

Organisers of this year’s Warwick Folk Festival have announced with regret that the event is to be put back yet another year.

The decision was reached, following the Prime Minister’s announcement last Monday that the planned end-of-lockdown date of June 21st is to be put back for another four weeks.

All the sad times of old Warwick? Festival sessions put back another year. Photo by John Wright

After an emergency Festival Board meeting, WFF Director, Dick Dixon has issued this statement:

“Following extensive planning and discussion in light of the most recent government guidelines, with huge regret it has been decided that Warwick Folk Festival, which was due to take place 15 – 18 July, will be postponed until 21 – 24 July 2022.

“This decision has not been taken lightly, but with the current situation, our absolute priority is the safety of our staff, artists, traders, audience and the local community. We will ensure that our website includes detailed updates as soon as possible.

“As previously, tickets can be transferred to next year’s festival. Thank you to everybody for your continued support and efforts during this difficult time – we miss you very much.”

The festival statement goes on to explain why the decision to postpone was made at this point in time:

“We’ve been waiting for government guidance to be published on how is best to proceed. This has become more important after many in the scientific community have expressed serious concerns over the new COVID-19 Delta variant and the next step of the roadmap proceedings.

“We take the safety of everyone involved at our festival very seriously and feel we have a duty of care to ensure that our festival is a safe place. We also want to ensure that we protect the local community as much as we can.

“Another major concern is that there may be even more changes to the guidelines at the last minute, and many festivals including ourselves have to pay huge sums of money in advance to artists and infrastructure providers. This jeopardises the future of our festival.”

Now postponed two years running, the festival was due to mark the retirement of Dick as Festival Director, having been involved in the running of the event since it was launched in 1980. This year’s main events were to be staged in Castle Park, a greenfield site adjacent to Warwick Castle and a short walk from the town centre.

This year’s guest list had included such big names as Seth Lakeman, Show of Hands, Spiers & Boden and The Young-Uns and organisers hope to roll over as much as this year’s programme as possible to run next year.

Says Dick ‘The new site presents a great opportunity and it’s really sad that we won’t be experiencing it just yet. However, we are looking forward to making the 2022 festival better than ever – do put the dates in your diaries!’

For further information and updates, please check here for the festival website.

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