Good morning everyone.
Thank you for your superb support of Rockin the Bowl festival 2020.
It is with a feeling of deep sorrow and regret, but with an air of the inevitable, that we have decided that this year’s event will not go ahead.
The RTB team discussed every aspect of this situation, including a long and involved meeting last night about the recent announcements about live music. We tried every possible scenario whereby the event could go ahead but in the end it was always going to come down to the government’s continued lack of real clarity where popular music events are concerned, and the status of the virus itself.
To address the government stance… we are still somewhat in the dark about how live music can return to the UK… it could be all seated, it could be a hugely limited attendance… absolutely nobody knows the answer to this at this point. We think that to continue to wait until the last minute is irresponsible and unfair to our supporters, who will need to make a decision on what to do with regards to hotels, travel, booking time off work, and whether they wish to retain the ticket for the 2021 event or to get a refund, and a whole host of other things.
Even based upon what we can figure out after Thursday’s info… if we were to go ahead as it stands now, RTB would have to do away with our marquee (Steel) stage. This is technically ‘indoors’ and presents a very real risk to all who would be playing/watching attending. The support of the local scene is integral to RTB and to simply ditch all our local bands would be against everything we stand for. (Transferring them onto the outdoor stage is unworkable due to set lengths and increased change over times for deep cleaning of the stage area).
With the rules of zero shouting/cheering and singing and the 2m/1m distancing in front of the stage would turn this into a very watered down and somewhat weak version of a rock and roll show… something we are very much against. RTB is a festival with a party feel and this would not feel right.
As for the virus itself… it’s most definitely still out there and as Leicester and a couple of other locations have proven; it can flare up anytime/anywhere. Rotherham (just outside Sheffield has numbers rising again!) A localised lockdown of the Sheffield area on or leading up to the show would be an absolute disaster.
Above all, your safety come first… and the safety of the artists, staff, contractors, volunteers and the general population within the area. We have quite a few ticket holders that are in one of the higher risk categories. Based on your questionnaire responses, 88% of the attendees have not been tested for CV19 and almost 60% are in the high risk age group of 50 plus. When it comes to CV19 and if even a single person were to contract the virus as a result of attending the event, this is one person too many. In addition, the event could possibly be responsible for creating a local spike in Covid cases. Please take time to review our full risk assessment in the pdf attached below.
It would be much too long a statement if we included everything discussed however, you are more than welcome to ask us absolutely anything.
1) All tickets are fully refundable without quibble via Skiddle (any issues please contact us).
2) All tickets will be valid for the full weekend 2021 festival if you want to roll over.
3) Anybody having problems cancelling or rescheduling hotel bookings…please contact us and we will negotiate with the hotels on your behalf…we have a little bit of sway in this field.
4) The new 2021 line up for the 3 day (Friday afternoon to Sunday night) will be announced THIS EVENING AT 5PM.
A massive, massive thank you to every last one of you….those who spread the word, those who bought the tickets, those who deliver the tunes, to those who make up the RTB team, to those who supply the equipment, and most important…to those who support live rock music because without you….Rockin’ the Bowl and many like us simply wouldn’t exist.
All the best and see you on the other side
Steve, Zhany and the entire RTB team.
Stay safe, be healthy and Rock on! Peace.