Boomtown Festival has cancelled its 2021 event due to a lack of Covid-specific insurance policy from the UK government.
The festival will move to 10th-14th August 2022 instead.
In an official statement, Boomtown Festival said its organisers were “sorry to bring another round of heartbreaking news to you all and sadly it feels a bit like déjà vu, as almost exactly a year ago we had to break some identical bad news. Unfortunately, we will no longer be holding Boomtown Chapter One: The Gathering this year.”
Festival organisers said that they had done everything within their power to try to find a solution to the “mind-boggling conundrum” of putting on a safe and well-run event to the sheer scale, complexity and intricate nature of Boomtown this summer.
However, the time has simply run out for them to be able to proceed in a way that would live up to their high safety and production standards for the large scale event they had planned.
“With less than four months to go until the event, and after almost half a year of collective campaigning to the government, sadly Covid specific cancellation insurance for events simply does not exist at this point in time,” said Boomtown organisers.
“This means anyone putting on an event this year will be doing so without the safety net of insurance to cover them should Covid prevent them from going ahead in any capacity.
“For an independent event as large and complex as Boomtown, this means a huge gamble into an eight-figure sum to lose if we were to venture much further forward, and then not be able to go ahead due to Covid.”