Houghton Festival 2021 – Postponed

It is with the greatest sadness that we announce the postponement of Houghton to next year 2022. It comes with a dark irony that we present the news on what is said to be Freedom Day. We have done everything humanly possible to make the party happen but the odds as they currently stand are stacked against us. We are utterly heartbroken that this journey has come to an end but in order to protect the future of the festival we have no choice but to stop here.

For months now we have waited patiently for a clear horizon, but the ever moving information has led to a blurred way forward rather than a road map which could be trusted, making it incredibly difficult to give progress reports along the way. The last eighteen months has seen our industry and the surrounding eco-systems overlooked and subsequently brought to its knees. The track and trace system supposedly set up to protect us, presents an extraordinary challenge to our workforce. It has the ability to reduce or remove a substantial amount of the workforce at any point with a simple ping. This is set to finish on August 16th, the day after the festival ends. Without the correct number of skilled humans it is simply impossible to deliver the show safely and in full flourish.

We would like to thank you for your loyalty and support, without this, we would certainly not have had the will to carry on. Thank you to everyone who kindly supported Let Me Out Let Me In. All items of the collection that have been lovingly purchased will be on their way to you shortly. The sentiment contained within the campaign portrays the sense of frustration felt within our community.

Our message has remained inspired, optimistic and straightforward. Our aim was to continue with passion and commitment up to the point when we were forced to abandon hope. That moment is now upon us. As restrictions are lifted today we enter the unknown. Consequently, with political and scientific uncertainty in its current incarnation we risk losing everything if we proceed.

And so another year passes and we must now direct our energies toward Houghton 2022.

Next steps for ticketholders:

Houghton Festival is confirmed for 11th – 14th August 2022. We hope that many of you will choose to roll over your ticket until next year.

For those who booked accommodation through our preferred suppliers we urge you to consider rolling your booking over to next year. If nothing else this will bring some security to their livelihoods.

Anyone who would prefer a refund for their ticket please login in to your RA account and head to your order in the “My Tickets” section and click “Refund Tickets”. Your refund will be processed back into the bank account used to purchase your tickets. Refunds can take up to 5 working days to land in your account. As stated on our 9th March presale communication and in our promoter terms you will receive a full refund for the face value of the ticket.

You have 14 days to choose one of these options after which they will no longer be available. Any tickets not refunded will automatically be rolled over to 2022 with no further action required.

Please note refunds are only available via the ra.co website and not in the mobile app.

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