“It’s too big a risk for us to try and move on”
The NASS Festival has announced that its 2021 event will not go ahead, with organizers concerned about changing COVID-19 restrictions.
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The Streets, Heidi One and Kano were booked to headline the skate festival, which was scheduled to take place September 23–26, with Little Sims, Becky Hill, Pa Saliyu and Greenette Peng also appearing over the weekend. Tickets were sold out.
In a statement the organizers said that despite their best efforts “running the NASS this year has become impossible.”
“While the government has announced an insurance scheme, it does not cover us if the guidelines regarding social distancing etc. With growing rumors that guidelines for events may change, with talk of lockdowns and vaccine passports now coming this month instead of October, there is a huge risk for us to try and move on. “
“If we gamble, we run the risk of canceling a few days early and taking a huge, 8-digit financial hit. As an independent business and, after two years of not being able to run NASS, it The financial burden that the scenario will create is too much for us to bear.”
Organizers have also announced that the NASS Festival 2022 will take place on July 7-10, with all tickets for the 2021 event being rolled over. The line-up will be announced later this year.
In August, £750 million government-backed COVID insurance for festivals and live events was issued after UK festivals issued a “red alert” warning amid claims they were “hitting a brick wall” in talks with the government about the issue. The plan was announced.
talking to GranthshalaChancellor Rishi Sunak said “Hopefully now events can be planned with confidence, no matter what the circumstances”.
Paul Reid, CEO of the Association of Independent Festivals, however, cautioned, “This plan does not cover a festival requiring capacity reduction or cancellation, so it is imperative that the government consider such areas in the region.” Continue to work with COVID certification to avoid such an eventuality and ensure that organizers can plan for 2022 with increased confidence.”