To all Wannasee Festival Customers
Covid-19 - Coronavirus Statements in Date Order (most recent at the top)
July 23rd 2020:
To all Wannasee Penrith and Wannasee Hertfordshire festival-goers.
With great sadness we have to announce that we’ve finally been beaten in our quest to find a way to run this year’s Wannasee Festivals in both Penrith and Hertfordshire.
After a huge amount of work from all parties involved, the decision has been taken to reschedule both Wannasee Festivals to 2021. The 2021 dates are:
Wannasee Hertfordshire Bank Holiday Weekend 30th April – 2nd May 2021
Wanansee Penrith Bank Holiday Weekend 27th August – 29th August 2021
We haven't taken the decision lightly, but setting a festival up is a huge logistical operation. Even with the recent relaxation of outdoor social distancing, whilst we would have been able to run the event Covid-Safe, we would not have been able to run it in a manner that would allow us to hold Wannasee in the happy, relaxed, family-friendly environment that we are all used to. The huge amount of restrictions that we would have to put in place would spoil the weekend in many ways and we were not comfortable holding a festival with anything less than the 100% enjoyment-factor you’re used to.
We have worked night and day along with the fantastic teams at the local councils to formulate a plan to run the Festivals. Unfortunately those plans require such stringent controls for everyone’s safety that they result in an event which is so formulaic and controlled that we simply don’t feel it would be an experience that would be enjoyed by you all. While public safety always come first, we won’t sell you a product that isn’t something that we sincerely believe you would love.
Wannasee Festivals were set up to be the kind of events that we would want to bring our own families to and we have had to concede that the amount of Covid-restrictions we would need to put in place would seriously spoil many aspects of the event that we have come to know and love.
We know everyone will be gutted – we certainly are, but we’re sure you’ll agree that compromising so many things that make Wannasee what it is, would be counter-productive, and we don’t want to rush out a ‘half-Wannasee’ that we know you wouldn’t enjoy, just to get it on this year.
We are a small team of local promoters based across the north and as live music lovers our aim has always been to bring fantastic live music, in family-friendly settings, at the very best-value prices there are. Since Wannasee first appeared in Penrith in 2015 it has grown into, what we hope you all agree, is something very special that we all look forward to each year. We have done everything in our power to secure the future of the events and ensure Wannasee will be here for many years to come, but we need your support and here's where we will also repay that loyalty:
ALL tickets will be valid for 2021 and in light of us asking you to support Wannasee and the live music industry in general, by keeping your tickets for next year, we have taken the unprecedented step of repaying that loyalty back to you all. EVERY Wannasee Adult ticket holder who purchased a ticket before today's date and keeps them for next year will be entitled to £10 of free drinks vouchers per Adult ticket. This is nearly a quarter of the value of a Weekend Adult Camping ticket and is a genuine gesture from the Wannasee Festival team, to help you get the party started next year in style, in conjunction with our good friends, Barserve, festival bar specialists who will be running a superb, bigger and better set of bar facilities next year. We are making this gesture, that we hope will demonstrate our loyalty to you all, and desire to see Wannasee continue and get better every year as we have some great plans to make them even better in 2021 that we’ll be revealing over the coming weeks.
When you present your ticket at the entrance gate next year, you will automatically be given your free drinks vouchers on entry, to spend on drinks, as you wish. There are no hidden catches, the vouchers can be used for anything sold at the bars in any combination and all drinks prices will be as competitive as ever. We want to keep Wannasee for the long-term future and with your support in keeping your tickets for next year, we want to repay that with your first £10 of drinks - on us! We will all need a good party by then, after such difficult times.
In the next few weeks we will be making a series of announcements in conjunction with the local councils (who we thank for all their help in trying to get next month’s festival on) about future live music plans in Penrith and the Cumbria area, in a bid to bring a variety of new events to the region every year. We have plans to bring some fantastic live music events to Eden and we are trying to put a socially-distanced live music event on there this year which, whilst not a full long weekend Wannasee, would certainly give us something special to come along and enjoy. Existing Wannasee ticket-holders will be given priority booking and discounts when these events are announced, so watch this space, and we hope to be able to launch something similar in Hertfordshire this year, so whilst there won’t be the two main Wannasees next month, we have some brilliant live music to bring you very soon.
These have been unprecedented times for us all, and as a small festival business we reinvest in all our events each year, to make them bigger and better. The pandemic crisis has made it incredibly difficult, so in order to support the whole industry and ensure the festival will still be here for many years to come, we ask if you could kindly keep your tickets to use in 2021 and have some drinks on us. If you are unable to attend next year’s dates please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org concerning a refund.
With your support will still have two very special weekends together next year, better than ever. Stay safe and well and we'll see you there.
Wannasee team x
July 16th 2020:
Following our post last week, here is an update on the situation regarding Wannasee Festival Penrith.
Following the support and enthusiasm shown by the overwhelming majority of our customers, we are working tirelessly to ensure that this Festival can go ahead, if completely safe to do so. Our primary reasons for doing so, as well as the sheer level of support shown by so many of you, is to ensure that we can play our part in getting the employees, workers and suppliers that are entirely reliant on events like ours (and the others planning to resume in the coming months) can return to some semblance of normality and begin to return to the industry that we love.
The Wannasee Planning Team and Local District Council’s Safety Advisory Group have been working in conjunction on an ongoing basis and a formal meeting is being held on the 24th of July.
In the run up to this meeting, the planning team at Wannasee will be working extensively on plans relating to health and safety, specifically regarding Covid-19, to ensure that the Festival can be held, if at all possible, in a way which is fully compliant with all recent Legislation and Guidance issued by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport in relation to Performing Arts. Throughout this time, our team will continue to liaise with all relevant authorities with an aim to reach a level of planning which meets the requirements of all authorities and partners, as well as placing the safety of our customers as the top priority throughout.
We would like to be clear now that there will be extremely thorough control measures needed to ensure that the Festival is safe for all participants and if the meetings on the 24th agree that the Festival can proceed then we will publish details for all customers on these measures and would request your support and co-operation with our attempts to make the Festival safe and accessible for everyone who wishes to attend.
A further announcement will be made by Monday 27th July which will make public the outcome of the previous meeting and what steps will follow from there.
Please bear with us as we are doing everything in our power to stage the Festival this year, if possible, as we know that so many of you are desperate to look forward to something at the end of the summer. We’d like to thank you all for your huge support in recent weeks which has been shown and is greatly appreciated now, as it always is.
Wannasee Team x
June 21st 2020:
Wannasee Penrith and Wannasee Herts Announcement
Wannasee Festivals in Penrith and Hertfordshire are still being planned to go ahead in just over 2 months time on their original dates of 28-30 August (both on the same Bank Holiday weekend) and the team are working hard to give the events every fighting chance of being staged.
We are continually monitoring the situation on a daily basis and following all guidance from Central Government as well as Industry Bodies. We are also liaising with the Wannasee event Safety Advisory Groups on this matter and we will continue to wait for any Government announcements that may change this position. Public Safety is a top priority at Wannasee, and we are ensuring that we're fully compliant with the most up to date procedures which will be fully implemented, and under no circumstances will we compromise this standard. Where there is a risk to our customers, the events will be postponed to 2021 and we will immediately announce revised dates.
The feedback we have had from many of you in the last few weeks, is a hope that we may still be able to hold both Wannasees this year, and we can promise everyone that we are keeping that hope alive, while it remains a possibility.
However, we appreciate that some of you may prefer not to attend this year even if they can go ahead and if so, please email us at email@example.com and your tickets can be rolled over to use at 2021's festival.
We will make a further update announcement in the next 4 weeks no later than 20th July and at that time a final decision will have been made if we can proceed with this year's festivals or not and if anything changes prior to this date we will immediately post on our Facebook and website.
Wannasee team x
March 12th 2020:
The ongoing concern regarding Covid-19 and Coronavirus are, correctly, in everyone’s minds at present. With this in mind, we have decided to explain our current approach and the consideration given to it.
Since the early stages of the progression of the virus within the UK, we have been in regular contact with appropriate expert bodies and sought out all current professional advice to determine an appropriate, safe and considered response to ongoing concerns.
At this time, and after due consideration of advice from the UK’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer which stated that “[since] the virus will not survive very long outside, many outdoor events, particularly, are relatively safe”, we have decided that the Festival will proceed as planned, with suitable measures and steps undertaken to provide suitable assistance to our customers in maintaining suitable hygiene, sanitation and public health steps.
There are 2 immediate concerns expressed by customers that we wish to address at this time and provide definite reassurance to our valued supporters:
- The Festival will proceed as planned without cancellation and, in as far as is within our control on the original date, though it goes without saying that should government and scientific advice change and the date were to become unsuitable for a public gathering, the Festival will run with the shortest possible postponement. Postponement will only be if government advice, contrary to its current position, is to suggest that it would be unsafe on its current date and [postponement] would then be for the shortest time possible before the Festival takes place.
- In the event that any of our customers are unable to attend the Festival due to self-isolation as a result of infection or possible infection, we will honour that same ticket to the next Festival without any further costs or fees. We hope our customers appreciate that this is a major step not replicated by many other festivals and is indicative of our wish to stand by our customers through this time, as we hope they stand by us.
Public Health England have been very clear in their message that improved personal hygiene, awareness of symptoms and self-isolation for those affected are the primary steps on which the UK’s response will focus. To support this and assist our customers, we are already committed and have begun work toward the following:
- A substantial up-scaling of hygiene facilities available at the festival including hand sanitising points and hand washing stations;
- Provision of ample signage and other information distribution in the run up to and at the Festival highlighting all public information, symptom awareness and “What to do” briefings to assist our customers in supporting our efforts to produce a safe event in line with national approaches to managing the ongoing public health concern;
- A significant increase in the quantity of toilets, showers and other welfare facilities available;
- Deployment of a dedicated team who will collectively clean, maintain and sanitise toilet, shower and other washing facilities 24/7 throughout the Festival;
- A full appraisal of the current environment will be carried out by our Festival’s dedicated Medical Team who will implement such additional measures as are recommended in light of the ongoing outbreak to suitable manage any persons who may become unwell. Our consideration in respect of medical services provided remains as it always has been – we aim to ensure that our customers have quicker and easier access to medical services at our festivals than they would in their home. That objective will remain the case moving forward and we will fully commit to all suitable steps and investment to maintain it;
- We are working actively to take sensible steps to increase the size of our event spaces and Arena, with a view to allow persons more room and decreasing close contact within the Festival.
We would like to summarise this announcement and re-iterate the following:
- We are firmly committed to ensuring that the Festival takes place on its planned date, in a safe manner and with all suitable consideration and investment undertaken to place customer welfare as an uninterrupted priority;
- Should public health advice change from its current guidance that outdoor events remain safe, we will consider postponement of the Festival to such a time that no risk is posed in this respect;
- Even in the event that you are unable to attend the festival as a result of infection, we will voluntarily honour your ticket for the next Festival at no cost to you;
We hope you appreciate our efforts and the steps we are taking to manage the Festival safely and sensibly; we certainly appreciate your ongoing support.
See you at the show