Sep 04, 2021, 5 minutesWere we really ready for festival season?
There was an overwhelming buzz when UK festivals opened their gates to dance hungry music fans this summer.
Sold out shows include Creamfields, The Lost Village and Reading and Leeds Festival.
The festival season had us prepared for a weekend of sweat, smiles and a lot of strange behaviour.
But for some, the idea of being in a crowded space caused feelings of anxiety and regret when buying tickets.
A lot of fans decided to miss out on the festival season this year due to the anxiety of catching and spreading the Covid-19 virus.
bare people at festivals this weekend and normally i’d be jealous but my covid anxiety said ✨no✨
— cerys (@cerysallen_) August 27, 2021
Re-sell, re-sell… no-sell?
Helping out the music and entertainment industry after a hard-hitting effect from the Covid-19 pandemic has been massively encouraged.
Fans who impulse bought festival tickets caused an influx of re-selling just days before events went live.
Re-selling event tickets isn’t an unusual process.
Although, the amount of those re-selling this year due to illness and restriction related situations was a lot higher than usual.
Those selling are finding it harder than usual to make a successful sale.
Yo why has it been so hard for people to sell their festival tickets lately? Is it because of the policy change with vaccination?
— That Bitch (@AriRodriguez_) August 27, 2021
Recently Scotland announced they are ‘proposing vaccine certificates for entry to nightclubs and large-scale indoor and outdoor events in an attempt to curb escalating Covid infections’ for late September this year.
This has come shortly after the opening of nightclubs and has proved a false hope for freedom in the future.
This affects those trying to buy event tickets.
The idea of new restrictions being put in place in the UK will put off those who usually buy event tickets in advance.
damn I did NOT think it’d be this hard to sell some festival tickets
— ev (@Adimem_) August 31, 2021
No time to dance
Elrow Town London was cancelled this year ‘due to significant damage to the grounds at Trent Park during a third party event on Saturday 7 / Sunday 8’.
After being cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic, the event was meant to take place on the 21st of August this year.
Many fans were upset and angry at the cancellation being so close to the event date.
This then adds to the worry of purchasing tickets for events in the future.
The subject of cancellation being so prominent in recent years has made people reluctant to book not just festivals and events, but holidays too.
A few too many cases
The BBC reported that the music festival Broadmasters ‘is thought to have created 4,700 coronavirus cases.’
The event took place between the 11th and 15th of August this year and was held in Newquay, Cornwall.
Broadmasters was one of the first events to take place during the August festival rush.
Despite the fears of festivals causing cases to rise, other events have taken strict precautions to stop this from happening.
Reading and Leeds Festival took many Covid secure actions to avoid cases from rising.
This included showing proof of full vaccinations and of an NHS approved negative test.
Were we ready?
With all things considered, were we really ready for festival season?
As it seems, it is all down to personal preference.
Whether we are comfortable or not getting back into the world with fewer restrictions and precautions is up to our individual selves.
If the right actions are taken to avoid anxieties to creep in, such as pre-planning, being sensible and keeping safe, then we should be on the right track to a more prepared festival season next year.
If there is one thing to consider, it is to make sure you are making the most of what you have before the world potentially, if ever, stops again.
Words by Drew-Alexandra O’Keeffe
Feature image sourced via Creamfields.com