Jimmy Eat World will be back next year (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images)2000 Trees has been forced to postpone until next summer as the organisers have hit out at a lack of support for the live music industry.
The festival was due to take place on June 8-11, but the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic is still being felt and those in charge don’t feel like the government has put them in a safe enough position financially.
Instead, the event – which was delayed last year due to the health crisis – will be held on June 6-10.
In a lengthy statement, they said: ‘Over the last two weeks, it has become clear that, due to the ongoing COVID pandemic, bands based outside of the UK will not be able to travel to 2000trees in 2021.
‘We’ve had confirmation that around 20 of the biggest bands from our line up will not be coming to Upcote Farm this summer. This list, which is growing every week, includes our headliners Jimmy Eat World & Thrice, plus Knocked Loose, Young Guns, The Get Up Kids, Laura Jane Grace, Anti-Flag and Stray From The Path.
‘As a result, we have been forced to take the absolutely heart-breaking decision to postpone 2000trees to July 6th-10th 2022. Up until a week ago we were still furiously working behind the scenes to try make the festival happen.
‘We really wanted (& needed) a party just as much as you this year. But after losing these bands, it’s clear that we are unable to give you the award-winning Trees experience that you know and love this year.’
The organisers pointed out that bands not being able to come over isn’t the only issue, and pointed fingers at the government for refusing ‘to provide any Covid cancellation insurance for the live events industry’.
‘Hundreds of festivals have been asking for months for a Government backed insurance policy allowing us to confidently host events this year. We were hopeful that this insurance would be in place by now.
‘Although they’ve provided a similar scheme for film & TV, the Government have completely let the live music industry down by refusing to back a simple insurance policy,’ they continued.
‘The obvious concern is that there may still be delays or changes to the COVID restrictions at the last minute. Without this vital COVID cancellation insurance, going ahead with this year’s event would simply be a huge financial risk, potentially jeopardising our long-term survival.’
However, the 2000 Trees will return in 2022 and the team have already confirmed the likes of Jimmy Eat World, Thrice, Laura Jane Grace, Anti-Flag, Dinosaur Pile Up and The Get Up Kids will be back.
Regarding tickets, they added: ‘All 2021 tickets are automatically valid for next year’s festival and if you already have your ticket, you do not have to do anything to reserve your place. Your existing ticket is now your ticket to 2022.
‘As a small, independent business that’s been hit extremely hard by the pandemic, we really need as many people as possible to roll their tickets to next year, just so we can keep paying our staff and secure the long-term survival of 2000trees.’
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