Disappointment as Phoenix is called off this year

Cirencester’s Phoenix Festival will not be rising this summer.

The much-loved community music event has been shelved for another year.

Organisers say it was “with great disappointment” that they decided to pull the plug on the festival.

In a statement they said this decision was an extremely tough one for the festival committee, who have been working so hard to put this much-needed event on this year, albeit in a stripped down version.

The biggest risks identified with trying to stage the event were losing thousands of precious funds on site-build and then not having the volunteer workforce required to put the actual festival on over the weekend due to a rise in positive COVID case alerts and the associated requirement to self-isolate.

The Phoenix Festival was planned for the August Bank Holiday weekend this summer.

Glen Moreman, Festival Manager, said, “As a totally volunteer organisation the risks involved are just too great for us.

“We have raised such a lot of money and put in so much effort this year that we simply cannot jeopardise those funds and the future of the festival by trying to put a large (free) flagship event on that could fall at the final hurdle with so much uncertainty.

“All our incredible volunteers are gutted but all agree that it is the correct decision for the future of the festival.”

Glen added, “We would like to thank everyone for their support over the last year, especially our amazing sponsors and everyone who donated to our Just Giving campaign.

“You can be assured that everything you have donated is safely put aside and will solely be used to fund and ensure the 2022 festival.”

A full statement can be found on the Phoenix Festival Facebook page.

The festival planning process will now start again with everything rolling over to 27th and 28th August 2022.


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