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BunkFest 2021 Cancelled

We are extremely disappointed to announce that for the second year running we have been forced to cancel BunkFest.

Although recently announced by the Government that they see “no reason to go beyond the 19th July” as the target to end all restrictions, this unfortunately provides no “absolute” guarantee that there will be no restrictions or requirements imposed by the Government or indeed the Local Licensing Authority to deliver the festival safely in September.

As we are all aware there are other festivals going ahead in August and September, however these are in the main ticketed events where controls can be imposed if required. BunkFest is unique by comparison, in that it is free, without any ability to impose controls on access, in the event that restrictions, such as testing or proof of vaccination / negative test were required for such events.

In discussion with the firm employed by BunkFest to oversee security and safety at the event, they have strongly advised us that controlling any probable increase in numbers at BunkFest would be an unacceptable risk which should be very seriously considered, since any problem might endanger the future of the festival.

To stage the festival in September, we need now to immediately commit significant sums of money, without the absolute certainty that the festival will be able to go ahead. No financial support or insurance has been offered by the Government to the sector, without which we feel that it is too much of a financial risk to proceed, since it could potentially eliminate reserves that we have prudently built up over several years, thereby putting in jeopardy future BunkFest’s.

We know that this decision will be a huge disappointment to you all, however we hope that you will understand that we continue to be in difficult times, and that our primary objective is, and continues to be, to deliver a safe and enjoyable festival for each and everyone of you, which we feel cannot be guaranteed 100% at the present time.

This is not the end, we continue to work and plan, and intend to bring BunkFest back stronger in 2022 and for many years thereafter.

If you have purchased camping tickets in 2020/21 your placed is booked for 2022. For a refund please email camping@bunkfest.co.uk or via your booking confirmation email.

Directors of BunkFest