My name is Brittany, and I am one of the organisers of Wilkestock Charity Music Festival.
As many of you will already know, we’ve had a particularly challenging 18 months. Cancelling 2020 due to COVID was a huge blow to us all, and on top of this, we have spent the majority of 2021 battling to keep our longstanding license, so that we can continue to run incredible events like Wilkestock over at the Frogmore Fields @ Waterbridge site.
Since it began, Wilkestock has raised in excess of £100,000 for our amazing charities: Keswick Mountain Rescue and Blood Cancer UK. The festival itself runs off the generosity and time sacrificed by local people and loyal Wilkestockers across the globe and is heavily subsidised by the income generated by other festivals that take place on the site.
We are still dedicated to delivering unique and exciting but above all safe, events. The toll that all of this has taken, both on our mental health as organisers and on the festival itself, has been immense, especially in recent weeks. We feel now it is important for us to concentrate our efforts on all of our future events, working with local and statutory bodies to evaluate and plan even more exciting events in the future.
It’s because of this that we are absolutely devastated to tell you all that we’ve made the tough decision to cancel Wilkestock this year. This was not an easy decision to make, and after weighing up all our options we do not feel it is fair on you – our beloved Wilkestock family – for us to deliver an event that isn’t the Wilkestock we all know and love.
We would love for all those who have purchased a ticket to hold on to them for next year, and all those who are on our lineup to please stick with us and play next time. Our dates for next year are 2nd to the 4th September 2022. If you would like a refund, please get in touch with us on email@example.com.
We will continue to focus our efforts on working with the council to ensure events like Wilkestock are able to take place in future. There is some way to go to do this, and we’ve instructed some of the best professionals in the business to help us, which does involve some costs. If you are able to support us in our battle please donate to our GoFundMe via wilkestock.com/save – you can even bag yourself a Save Wilkestock t-shirt if you donate £30 or more.
We are so sorry for any disappointment caused by this news: we too are heartbroken to be in this position. We appreciate all of your support in our journey so far SO so much, and we cannot wait to party with you again in the fields.
Take care, stay safe, and look after each other.