Hopes for September festivals in Eastville Park are dashed
TWO festivals which organisers had hoped to stage in Eastville Park this month have been called off.
Love Saves The Day and Tokyo World had been due to take place two weeks apart, on September 5-6 and 19-20 respectively.
But both sets of organisers have now announced that ongoing restrictions on mass gatherings mean it will be impossible to hold them.
This year was set to be the last in which Love Saves The Day was held in Eastville Park, five years after it had first been staged there. From next year it will be held at Ashton Court.
The 2020 event had originally been scheduled for May 23-24 but after the coronavirus lockdown was introduced, organisers pushed the date back.
However they were eventually forced to concede "with a heavy heart " that even holding the event in September would not be possible.
They issued a statement, which said: "We held on as long as we could to try and find a way to produce the event safely in September, but the lack of clarity as to what can be safely achieved has led us to this very difficult decision."
This year's tickets will be valid for 2021, although refunds are also being offered.
They said the "wheels are already in motion" for next year's event, whose line-up "will likely be built from scratch again".
Tokyo World organisers waited until August 12 before announcing that the festival was being postponed until September 18-19 next year.
They said: "We strongly believed that, given our event was six months away from the start of lockdown, it would be safe for our gates to open and that Tokyo World would take place in September.
"We have held out for as long as we possibly could and remained hopeful that this would be the case. The government’s final road map to the easing of this lockdown and return of mass gatherings sadly begins in October.
"We continue to liaise with authorities regarding outdoor events and it is not an option to reschedule our event for the early part of next year at this time."
They said the "high volume" of tickets sold for this year's event meant capacity next year would be increased to 25,000, with 2020 tickets valid for 2021 but refunds also available.
The organisers added: "This situation is absolutely terrible for all of us, we are extremely sad and disappointed. But the safety aspects must come first, and together we will dance again in 2021."
Picture: Love Saves The Day 2018 - photo by Matt Eachus