Firstly, we hope you are all keeping safe, staying indoors, and observing the social distancing recommendations as best you can.
This is the message we really hoped we wouldn’t have to write, but due to the on-going situation throughout the world, and following recent guidance and instruction from the UK Government, we are left with little option but to postpone LeeStock 2020 until May 2021.
Ultimately, the health and wellbeing of guests, artists, suppliers and staff cannot be guaranteed were the festival to go ahead, and indeed we would be going against current governmental advice if we were to continue, as things stand.
The new dates for the festival will be May 29th and 30th, 2021 and tickets already purchased for this year’s festival will automatically be valid for the new dates. Those of you unable to attend on the new dates will be able to receive a refund. If you purchased your ticket online, our official ticket agent Skiddle will be in touch very soon. If you’re happy to attend the dates next year, you do not need to do anything and they will transfer your tickets to the new dates. If this is not the case, their email will state your options. Please allow a few days to receive this email, as Skiddle are dealing with an unprecedented number of queries. We urge customers to wait for further information from Skiddle by email, rather than contacting their Customer Care team.
We have already enjoyed very positive dialogue with many of the artists due to play this year and are delighted to confirm that some have immediately re-confirmed for the new festival dates. These already include Ash, The Dunwells, Electric Six, Lucy Spraggan, Scouting for Girls, Space, Stereo MCs, Tom Hingley and Toploader – we are hugely grateful for the support of these artists in assisting us by committing to next year.
Whilst the postponement of this year’s event will have significant financial implications to the festival, we intend for 2021’s event to be better than ever, and to continue our fundraising for the Willow Foundation, with over £165,000 raised so far in Lee’s memory.
Finally, our thanks go out to you; all of you who have supported LeeStock, and continue to do so. Without you, the festival literally would not be what it has become, and hundreds of seriously ill young adults would not have benefitted from the Special Days they have been provided by the Willow Foundation. We hope you can continue to support us by attending next year to help us to keep raising money for the Willow Foundation for years to come.
This Covid-19 situation is extremely challenging for all of us, but we will get through it. Stay in, and stay safe.