To all our dear friends, festival-goers, customers and supporters.
The day has finally come that we hoped, wished and prayed would never come, and it is with a very heavy heart that we have to inform you that we must regrettably postpone Busfest 2020 until September 2021.
Despite battling for months to keep everything alive, outside forces, third party developments, along with some unrealistic restrictions that we would have had to adhere to, have made our festival impossible to carry on being produced in a workable, useable, sociable and financially secure manner this year.
We have now reached the point where we have had to make a firm decision based on this information, and the W.H.O. and UK government guidelines that we have to work to. There are still just too many hurdles still to overcome and no clear timeline as to when any of these will be cleared in the foreseeable future.
You have told us how much you all hoped and wanted us to be able to go ahead, and along with you, we’ve kept a positive and optimistic outlook these past few weeks because, for many reasons, we wanted to be able to do just that……………
We wanted to go ahead – to give you, our loyal fan-base, something to look forward to. A ‘light at the end of the tunnel’. An exciting and enjoyable end to what has been a miserable year.
We wanted to go ahead – to support the hundreds of traders that have had a disastrous year and are desperate to trade.
We wanted to go ahead – to support The Three Counties Showground and its staff who have had a disastrous year and are also desperate to open up and get back in business again.
We wanted to go ahead – to support the local shops, businesses and wider community who benefit from thousands of you shopping with them, eating and drinking in their pubs and restaurants, staying at their campsites, hotels, B&Bs, visiting their premises and attractions, etc.
We wanted to go ahead – to give jobs to the hundreds of crew, support workers, artists, businesses and suppliers, up and down the country, who we employ or contract every year, and who rely on Busfest as one of their major sources of income.
It saddens us that we now cannot fulfil any of these needs and wishes this year.
What happens now? If you have already purchased your passes, these will be automatically transferred over to the new postponed show dates next year (September 10th, 11th, 12th). This will enable you to have guaranteed places at Busfest 2021 at the 2020 price you have already paid.
Any tickets that are purchased for the 2021 festival when our online booking office opens in early January, will be at the (yet to be published) 2021 prices.
There will be NO ‘Early-Bird’ discount passes for Busfest 2021.
Refunds will of course be available to those that require them, but as an independent festival, we would appreciate it if you could opt for the roll-over option if possible, and know that you are safely booked in and therefore guaranteed a place at the next Busfest. It also assists us greatly in planning next year’s festival by having this advanced knowledge.
If you require a refund, these can be applied for up to 31st July 2020 by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, and they will be processed in due course.
Once again, we thank you for joining us with your optimism and support. If one good thing comes from all of this, it’s that we will have one hell of a party with you all next September, and you’re already booked in for it. Full updates are also available on our website www.busfest.org