This festival season has been a while coming and when people talk about ‘last year’ it’s generally accepted that we mean ‘in 2019’! It’s like we’ve all been in a time warp except the kids have doubled in size.
We were fully booked up in November 2021 for this season as everyone was eager to get back in the fields. However, steadily over the spring we got four events cancelled and consequently had to cancel one ourselves as it just didn’t make financial or logistical sense to work it. Something we’ve never had to do before but even though some years we bounce around the country we do try to make the circuit not too ridiculous.
Now more than ever we all need to think about fuel prices a lot more. Filling up the fire engine requires a bottle of gin to get over the cost! Fuel prices are also seriously affecting festivals as some see their fuel bills increasing two/three fold. It’s impossible to raise that sort of cash on 2019 ticket prices rolled over for two years!
Then there’s the extra toilets and hand washing facilities required now with new standards and covid procedures. Mind you the majority of folk I know who went to Glastonbury festival this year came back with post glasto Covid. Festivals have always been an excellent lurgy breeding ground.
So we managed to fill some of our event circuit gaps with new events, Unearthed in a Field and Unorthodox Paradox. With horrendous fuel prices and forever growing children we aim to focus on events more local to us in Wales. It dawned on me just the other day that five out of our precious seven events this year are in Wales. Now they take us to every corner of wales, st David’s to Anglesey, Chepstow to Harwarden near Chester.
We’re taking time now in North Wales as we leave Anglesey for Llandudno this week. Experiencing Ynys Môn for the first time has been my favourite part so far but we’re not even half way through the season yet! Content to be back on the road for now, meeting up with old faces we’ve not seen in too long and meeting new lovely people. Maybe we’ll see you along the way?