Music festivals that will take place this year could be scrapped again unless there is a government-backed insurance scheme, organizers have warned.
About a quarter of UK festivals have already been called off due to the uncertainty surrounding the pandemic, including Boomtown, an event in Winchester that will take place in August.
In February, the event sold its 66,000 capacity, but it has now been postponed to 2022 due to a lack of coronavirus cancellation insurance.
Music festivals could be scrapped again if the government doesn’t support an insurance scheme, festival organizers have warned
Glastonbury Festival, the season’s traditional curtain riser in June, has also been delayed to 2022 and will instead take place online this year, while others are delaying their events until September and October.
Organizers warn that the rest of the events planned for 2021 are also in danger without urgent government intervention.
The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) has called on the government to purchase cancellation insurance, which allows organizers to schedule events without incurring financial losses if forced to cancel.
“We warned the government that the UK’s 2021 festival season would soon be eroded if they didn’t take out cancellation insurance,” said Paul Reed, CEO of the Association of Independent Festivals (AIF). BBC.
It comes after Boomtown, a 70,000-person music festival, canceled this summer’s event, blaming the lack of a government-backed insurance scheme.
‘It’s now a red alert for UK festival season.’
He added that nearly three-quarters of AIF members will need financial support to return in 2022 if they are to postpone this year.
Meanwhile, dozens of Tory MPs have written to Boris Johnson demanding that he intervene to ensure live music events and festivals can go ahead this summer.
The 42 MPs want the Prime Minister to support a £ 250 million insurance plan for event organizers to ensure that festivals can continue after June 21.
MEPs remind Mr Johnson of his promise of a ‘one-way road to freedom’ by June 21 in line with the roadmap, writing that ‘this underwriting should not cost the taxpayer a cent’.
About a quarter of British festivals have already been canceled due to the uncertainty surrounding the pandemic
Among the signatories are Mark Harper and Steve Baker, Chairman and Deputy Chairman of the Covid Recovery Group of Tory backbenchers.
The letter said, “ With the success of the vaccine rollout and moving towards June 21, it is vital that ministers take action now to ensure live music events and festivals can continue this summer through contingent liabilities on to oppose cancellations and restrictions imposed by the government.
Without it, most music festivals and live events will be canceled this summer with numerous job cuts and company closures.
This plan would save £ 1.1bn in costs to the industry, would give organizers confidence to prepare for their festivals to go ahead, boost Britain’s economic recovery and give hope to millions festivalgoers and young people – who are the victims of lockdown – that life will be normal this summer. ‘
Dozens of Tory MPs have written to Boris Johnson to demand that he intervene to ensure live music events and festivals can go ahead this summer.
It puts more pressure on the Treasury to insure festivals through an indemnification scheme, which is supported by Jools Holland and Robert Plant, among others.
The government has said it is exploring whether further support can be provided.
To date, the Culture Recovery Fund has spent more than £ 34 million on festivals such as Glastonbury, Boomtown and the Hay Literary Festival in Hay-on-Wye, Wales, a spokesman said.
The government plans to hold a test event at Liverpool’s Sefton Park over the Bank Holiday weekend to find out how festivals can reopen in the city.
It is hoped that the results of the pilot will be positive and that the organizers will be able to take out insurance for their events this summer.
The Association of British Insurers said: “We understand this has been a difficult and uncertain time for the events industry.
It added that commercial insurers cannot provide coverage in the ongoing pandemic.
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