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Valley Fest 2020 reschedules to 2021

22nd May 2020

Categories: Latest News

The organisers of Valley Fest announce today that the festival, due to take place at the end of July, will be rescheduled to 30th July to 1st August 2021 on the grounds of safety. Holding a large event requires support from local services and taking vital provisions away from the front lines is simply not possible at this time.

Valley Fest Big Wheel

Valley Fest, known as the best-tasting music festival in the South West, is held alongside Chew Valley Lake, near Bristol. It has become one of the fastest-growing family events in the region: the show-stopping view is unrivalled, the headliners are huge, the food is local and it all takes place on Luke Hasell’s organic farm.

To help secure the event’s future, ticket holders are being encouraged to roll their tickets over to the 2021 event. Unfortunately, festivals have fallen through the cracks of the government’s support scheme and insurance doesn’t cover a Covid-19 related reschedule or cancellation

Deacon Blue and The Cuban Brothers will still play at the 2021 event. Valley Fest was poised to release their full line up in March, however as the pandemic picked up pace and the seriousness of the situation became apparent, they decided to hold off. The majority of those booked will be appearing at next year’s event. A full line up announcement will be made later in the year.

Luke Hasell, Festival Founder says:

“We’re really sad to have taken the decision to reschedule Valley Fest 2020, so much energy and love has gone into creating this year’s festival. However, we cannot risk putting anyone in jeopardy and so rescheduling is the best way to achieve this.

"On the positive side, it means that we have even more time to plan for the best Valley Fest anyone has ever seen! There is an opportunity to take a fresh-look at how we can create a landmark event, which leaves visitors informed, inspired and hungry to learn more about the kind of food and farming we’re going to need in the future.”

Valley Fest was started with the aim of helping to connect people to the producers behind their food, understanding the importance of healthy soil and showcasing the best chefs and producers in the South West. The festival is held in the fields neighbouring The Community Farm, which provides organic vegetable boxes to around 900 customers in the area.

The pandemic has shone a much-needed light on the importance of resilient local supply chains and the vital role that our farmers and local food producers play in keeping us well-fed. Now, more than ever, the general public are looking for fun, convivial ways to live more sustainably and Valley Fest is well placed to do that.

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