Brighton’s Washed Out Fest has been postponed until 2023 due to COVID-19 concerns

The independent Brighton Washed Out Fest festival has been postponed until 2023 due to a series of issues related to COVID-19 and the cost-of-living crisis in the UK.

Dinosaur pile, Cancer Bat, Babii, Bo Ningen and others took part in the Wash Out Festival. The festival was to take place in three venues in Brighton over three days, from 2-4 September.

In a statement posted on the organizers’ website, they wrote that, while disappointed that the pandemic had affected both editions of the festival so far planned, “this one is, by far, the one it hurts more. ” The organizers then set out various reasons for the postponement of the festival, citing the increase in the number of COVID-19s in the country and the threat of artists withdrawing due to the problems that arose, among others .

“Covid has created new challenges, artists are falling from other festival bills, which is a matter of great concern, as we are not yet established enough as a festival to book big bands at the last minute,” wrote the organizer, adding. they did not believe they would be able to deliver a “value for money event” this year amid a cost-of-living crisis that has disrupted industry-wide ticket sales.

Organizers cited a Guardian article highlighting how the crisis is affecting festivals across the UK, and a spokesman for the canceled Summerfest event said sales were “deflated” as artists’ fees increased, production costs and labor. It is a center with a capacity for 30,000 people and tickets stopped selling after 16,000, so it was not economically viable. Three other festivals left that same week. It’s a domino effect. “

Ticket holders can choose to have their tickets refunded in full or keep them for the 2023 edition of the festival. Organizers have also promised to email ticket holders next week with more information.

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