Dear TBCMF family,
We hope you and your loved ones are safe during this unprecedented time. As the COVID-19 virus will be with us for some time, we are implementing a series of additional measures to ensure the health of our customers, artists, crew and communities.
We want to keep you updated and in the loop on the planning of next year’s festival.
Firstly, a huge thank you to those who bought tickets for 2020 and have held onto them for next year.
All the retained 2020 tickets are valid for the new dates of 3-5th September 2021.
Your support has helped the event survive and enabled us to grow into our second year. We look forward to welcoming you to another special weekend in the iconic Empress Ballroom.
Covid-19 Ticket Guarantee
After careful planning with our venue partners and Blackpool Council, we are on sale for 2021.
For your peace of mind our Covid-19 Ticket Guarantee, that should the situation change and we are forced to postpone the festival due to Covid-19, tickets will be valid for 2022 at the price you have already paid. Alternatively, you can apply for a full refund.
We know the power of sharing the live music experience, but we must act responsibly in tackling the pandemic and the safety of you, our artists and our team will always come first in everthing we do.
With the festival scheduled to begin in September 2021 and guidance changing all the time, we are working hard behind the scenes to ensure that we can offer a safe, festival experience.
We are currently re-contracting the same line -up of artists for 2021, the programme we were about to announce for 2020 as we went into lockdown. All the artists have confirmed the new dates and we are so pleased that no-one will lose the chance to perform and we are doing our bit to create work for musicians.
Our venue partner The Winter Gardens has already been able to cautiously re-open part of their business and has been awarded the Visit England “We’re Good To Go” industry standard. This confirms that the venue meets the government and Public Health Guidance on Covid-19 measures to ensure a safe visit for all customers.
The new procedures include one-way systems, enhanced cleaning regimes, going cashless, protective screens and PPE for staff members. We will continue to constantly monitor the lastest advice from goverment and the local Safety Advisory Group (SAG) and we will be following instructions to the letter.
The Purple Guide
We are proud members of the Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) that has been a brilliant support throughout the pandemic. The AIF has been a key partner in a coalition of professional industry bodies that collectively have developed The Purple Guide, which is a Covid-19 specific festival planning considerations guide. It has been put together by the AIF (our amazing Ops Group led on the document), the Association of Festival Organisers, Events Industry Forum and Attitude Is Everything.
There are eight key themes and Covid-19 safety measures, including medical and welfare arrangements; crowd considerations; response plans; security; site adjustments and specific mitigation measures alongside key areas to monitor.
The aim is to assist festival organisers, SAG members, local directors of public health and other industry parties in assessing risk levels and planning festivals based on a flexible, pragmatic and realistic approach to the current pandemic.
The planning framework will be reviewed on a monthly basis or whenever it may be required.
The festivals working group also includes the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) and Public Health England (PHE) who provided close input on the development of the guidance and it is being issued as working in collaboration with DCMS and PHE.
Thank you for being part of our TBCMF community. We will do everything in our power to promote live music as long as it ís safe to do so.
We will get through this and we will be stronger as a result.
In the meantime, please stay safe and let’s look forward to September 2021 when we can hopefully meet once again in the magnificent Empress Ballroom in Blackpool to enjoy live music together and to share the joy of listening to great song-writers and to enjoy live performances from some of the greatest British artists from the country music scene.
The Prime Minister on Monday 22nd Feb laid out the Roadmap for moving out of Covid restrictions.
Government Road Map Step 4
By Step 4 which will take place no earlier than 21 June, the government hopes to be in a position to remove all legal limits on social contact.
We hope to reopen remaining premises, including nightclubs, and ease the restrictions on large events and performances that apply in Step 3. This will be subject to the results of a scientific Events Research Programme to test the outcome of certain pilot events through the spring and summer, where we will trial the use of testing and other techniques to cut the risk of infection. The same Events Research Programme will guide decisions on whether all limits can be removed on weddings and other life events.
The Goverment’s Road Map coupled with the amazing NHS success of the vaccine has made us very optimistic our 2021 September dates will be able to go ahead.
Martin and Marina (TBCMF festival organisers)
Last up-dated 23 February 2021