Tramlines and Standon Calling festivals are on – however Womad organisers say they’ve been compelled to cancel | Ents & Arts Information


Two large festivals have introduced they are going to be going forward this summer season.

Tramlines Competition, in Sheffield, will run as a part of the federal government’s pilot occasions programme from 23-25 July, with acts together with The Streets, Royal Blood and Richard Ashcroft set to play to a full capability of 40,000 followers.

Standon Calling, in Hertfordshire, is just not a part of the programme however has additionally confirmed it would happen on the identical weekend in July, with a full capability of round 15,000 folks and performers together with Primal Scream, Craig David, De La Soul, Bastille and Arlo Parks.

A general view of the Latitude festival in Henham Park, Southwold, Suffolk.
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Latitude in Suffolk may even run on the finish of July

The bulletins come following final week’s affirmation from Latitude, in Suffolk, that additionally it is set to go forward at full capability.

Nonetheless, as Tramlines and Standon Calling revealed optimistic information, organisers of Womad, in Wiltshire, stated that they had been compelled to cancel, saying the pageant couldn’t go forward with out government-backed COVID insurance coverage or being included within the pilot occasions scheme.

Coronavirus restrictions are at present as a consequence of finish on 19 July – pushed again from the unique date of 21 June. Many festivals have stated that with nothing assured, planning for a significant occasion is just too nice a threat.

For Tramlines, being a part of the pilot occasions programme means attendees will probably be requested to supply proof of both a damaging COVID-19 check consequence from inside 48 hours, or proof of getting had two doses of a vaccine.

Timm Cleasby, the pageant’s operations director, stated: “This implies we now have a confirmed framework to observe, which at earlier occasions has proven that festivals may be loved at no extra threat than different actions.

“As soon as inside, there will probably be no want for social distancing and no-one should put on a masks if they do not wish to.”

He added: “We wish to categorical our solidarity with these festivals which haven’t been capable of go forward this yr and people that are nonetheless looking for readability.

“It is rather necessary to us that clear steering is made obtainable rapidly to the whole occasion group in order that as many festivals as attainable can go forward with confidence this summer season.”

Standon Calling director Alex Trenchard stated that whereas the pageant is not a part of the programme, organisers determined to “go for it” after reviewing knowledge from latest pilot occasions and listening to the feedback of latest Well being Secretary Sajid Javid about plans to carry restrictions subsequent month.

“Most of all we wish to thank our Standon Calling household who’ve caught with us and supported the pageant by this time,” he stated. “This yr’s pageant is in honour of you – and we predict we might have simply pulled collectively the most effective Standon Calling line-up of all time.”

However Womad co-founder Peter Gabriel, the Genesis musician, stated they might not take the possibility.

Aerial view of tents at the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm, Somerset, in June 2019
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Glastonbury organisers referred to as the pageant off earlier within the yr

“With out the straightforward help of a authorities insurance coverage scheme or the assure of check occasion standing, we can not proceed and put Womad’s long-term future in danger,” he stated.

“We really feel that our viewers, artists, employees, and contractors, who’ve been amazingly supportive all through all this, will perceive the necessity for us to behave to ensure our survival.”

Womad follows festivals together with Glastonbury, Boomtown and Kendal Calling, which beforehand introduced they might not be going down this yr due to the pandemic.

Fesivalgoers didn't need to wear masks or socially distance on the first day of Download Festival
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Obtain was held at decreased capability as a part of the check occasions

Earlier this month, rock and steel pageant Obtain went forward at a considerably decreased capability, with round 10,000 music followers fairly than 110,0000 – as a part of the pilot programme.

It was revealed earlier in June that there have been “no substantial outbreaks” of coronavirus among the many tens of hundreds of people that have attended check occasions to this point, which have included the Brit Awards and the FA Cup closing.

Main festivals together with Studying and Leeds and Isle Of Wight are additionally nonetheless set to go forward.



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