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2021 Festival Update April 30th
We are pleased to be able to give you an update on our plans for this years festival:-
Behind the scenes we have been working on an updated Event Safety Plan and a Covid Mitigation Event Proposal Plan which has been submitted to our local authority. We are pleased to announce that we have received some very positive feed back on the submission of these documents. As we all know there is still a long way to go as the country reaches the next step on the Governments recovery roadmap, we are still proceeding with extreme caution whilst awaiting more guidance from the event / festival industry. We will watch with interest at the results of the various test events which are happening over the next few weeks. Truthfully all summer festivals need the country to be at Step 4 of the recovery roadmap (21st June) to be able to proceed with this year’s Summer festival season. As organisers this gives us time to review and implement any necessary restrictions that may be applied, in order to enable us to stage this years festival in a positive, safe and healthy manner.
With this in mind we are looking to reduce the attendance capacity for Watchet 2021 and also create more space by reducing the traders area as part of our mitigation plan. With high volume ticket sales rolled over from last years postponed event ( thank you all !) we are putting a limited number of Weekend General admission (non camping) tickets back on sale for the next two weeks. This will hopefully be followed by a very limited amount of Weekend Camping tickets. At this stage unfortunately we are not in a position to offer any further Single Day admission tickets.
As the further guidelines are released in May & June , we may be able to increase the ticket availability to our full licence capacity.
Tickets are only available from the festival website. Full ticket purchase T&C’s are on the same page.
For this years line up please see the line up page, further artist announcements to follow.
Culture Recovery Fund Awarded ( 2nd April)
*** Press Release 2nd April 2020
Watchet LIVE CIC to receive funding from second round of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund.
Grant allows us to re-confirm plans for Watchet Festival 2021, in line with the government’s roadmap for easing restrictions
Watchet among more than 2,700 recipients to benefit from the latest round of awards from the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund
Funding assures the future of all events organised by Watchet LIVE CIC,
including both Watchet Music Festival & Watchet Carnival
Vast majority of Watchet Festival 2021 line up confirmed to carry over from last year’s cancelled event, with major acts including Gabrielle, Shed 7, Toyah, The Blockheads, Sister Sledge* (*travel restrictions permitting) and many more.
All 2020 ticket purchases remain valid for Watchet 2021, with remaining tickets to return back on sale on from 1 May 2021.
Watchet LIVE in West Somerset has received a grant of £75,000 from the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund.
More than £300 million has been awarded to thousands of cultural organisations across the country including Watchet LIVE CIC in the latest round of support from the Culture Recovery Fund, the Culture Secretary announced today.
This award paves the way towards staging this year’s Watchet Music Festival, returning after last year’s cancelled event, to its rightful place over the late August Bank Holiday.
The grant provides the festival with a lifeline to offset any unforeseen Covid-related costs, or the possibility that a reduced capacity event may lead to a shortfall in ticket income, and will also provide critical assurance for our many suppliers (many of whom are independent local businesses) and artists alike, that we are viable for the future.
Currently Watchet Live is working with four other Somerset festivals to produce a Covid based event safety plan. We are closely working with and seeking advice from the local authority on guidance going forward, following the Government road map recovery plan.
This award also safeguards the future of all the other community events organised by Watchet LIVE CIC, ensuring the town remains a vibrant and diverse place to live and visit.
Watchet CIC representative Mark Bale, says:
“All of us involved with Watchet LIVE are honoured to be awarded this grant. The past 12 months has created so much uncertainty for the future of our community events, so this secures the future of Watchet Festival for 2021 and into the years ahead.
As we have never had the need to apply or rely on funding in the past, being awarded this grant shows to us that the wider performing arts community recognise and have faith in what Watchet LIVE CIC means to the West Somerset area. Restrictions permitting, we cannot wait to welcome friends from near and far back to our award-winning festival this August Bank Holiday weekend.”
Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden, said:
“The Culture Recovery Fund has already helped thousands of culture and heritage organisations across the country survive the biggest crisis they’ve ever faced.
Now we’re staying by their side as they prepare to welcome the public back through their doors – helping our cultural gems plan for reopening and thrive in the better times ahead.”
Sir Nicholas Serota, Chair, Arts Council England, said:
“Investing in a thriving cultural sector at the heart of communities is a vital part of helping the whole country to recover from the pandemic. These grants will help to re-open theatres, concert halls, and museums and will give artists and companies the opportunity to begin making new work.
The funding awarded today is from a £400 million pot which was held back last year to ensure the Culture Recovery Fund could continue to help organisations in need as the public health picture changed. The funding has been awarded by Arts Council England, as well as Historic England and National Lottery Heritage Fund and the British Film Institute.”
Watchet Festival is a not-for-profit family festival with amazing views of the West Somerset coastline and beyond. Three live stages host more than 60 live acts, bringing a wide range of high-calibre musical acts not normally found performing in West Somerset, at a very affordable price.
Watchet 2021 is set to continue the festival’s tradition of completely selling out in advance.
Whilst 2021 ticket sales are currently suspended, remaining tickets will be placed back on sale from 1st May, fixed at 2020 prices. All tickets previously purchased for 2020 remain valid for 2021. Please note all on-side Camper van tickets have already sold out.
Alongside an incredible line up and a wide variety of high quality food stalls, the extensive in-house Cider and Real Ale Bar prices are kept as low as possible, providing one of the best-value refreshments offerings to be found at any event in the UK.
Watchet LIVE Festival will once again support a wide variety of local charities.
Watchet Live CIC, the charity behind Watchet Live Festival, are proud recipients of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service; the highest award that can be given a volunteer group in the UK.
Covid Road Map Plan
Covid 19 restriction update
Covid 19 affecting 2021 events ( updated Dec 2020)
We are closely monitoring the situation in regards to Government Guidelines on mass gathering restrictions and taking advise from ( as members of) the A.F.O ( Association of Festival organisers) who are working very hard along with other event industry and hospitably groups giving all their members weekly updates from being in touch with with the government.
Currant restrictions of social distancing at outdoor events (max 50% event capacity and seated/penned areas, rule of 6 etc) do not allow you as the festival goer to get the festival experience by not being able to move around any festival site going from stage to stage to see different acts.
We are being optimistic and hopefully that by the spring( April 2021) things may be looking better and with Watchet being at the end of August there is a chance we will be able to stage the event in 2021.
We will keep you updated, please stay safe, healthy and positive.
Watchet Festival Team
Watchet 2020 Postponement statement