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Vantastival hit by Covid-19 challenges, moves to new September date

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A Vantastival steward in action. Photo Credit: Vantastival.ie.

Vantastival, the popular music festival held annually at Beaulieu House & Gardens in Drogheda, has postponed their event by four months in light of challenges posted by the Covid-19 crisis engulfing the country.

Despite the festival not being scheduled to take place until the end of May, organisers have made the decision to push it back to a new date of the weekend of Friday September 18 to Sunday September 20, citing “multiple challenges arising from the spread of Coronavirus.”

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A statement read, “We could not continue to invest in a May event when a forced cancellation at short notice would be financially devastating for us, our traders, crew and artists and a big hit to the local economy in Louth.” The statement also cited the need to avoid putting patrons at risk.

Festival organisers say they will work with all artists to ensure there is as little change to the line-up as possible. All tickets purchased will be valid for the new date. The festival, which sees thousands attend each year, will still be hosted at Beaulieu House. Hermitage Green, Lyra and Kormac were among the headliners booked to perform in 2020.

The Vantastival statement read:

Due to multiple challenges arising from the spread of Coronavirus, we have reluctantly taken the decision to postpone the Vantastival festival, which will now take place 18th – 20th September 2020. All expert opinion indicates the situation is likely to deteriorate over the coming weeks and the response from other jurisdictions has been to introduce widespread restrictions on mass gatherings and movement. It seems inevitable that Ireland will follow suit. We feel at this point that the most responsible course of action in order to safeguard the festival’s future and protect our crew, patrons and the general public is to take the tough but measured decision to postpone until September.

We will work with all our artists to keep as much of the line up as possible the same and fully expect to present a wonderful event in the Autumn.  All tickets purchased will be valid for the new date.

Vantastival is a small family-run festival, which we have worked very hard at building up from our humble beginnings in 2010. This has been a very difficult decision for us to make, but one we had to make sooner rather than later. While postponing the event has significant cost implications, we could not continue to invest in a May event when a forced cancellation at short notice would be financially devastating for us, our traders, crew and artists and a big hit to the local economy in Louth.  There are a multitude of logistical and financial elements that had to be considered in our decision, but above all we don’t want to put any of our patrons at risk, particularly as Vantastival regularly welcomes patrons ranging in age from newborns to 90 years and more.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused and hope you understand that this is due to circumstances unforeseen and beyond our control. We thank you all in advance for your support in this decision and look forward to welcoming you all to Beaulieu House & Gardens in September.

Last year, Vantastival celebrated 10 years of the festival – first founded by Ardee man Benny Taaffe – with the debut event taking place in May 2010 at Dunany Estate. In 2018, the campervan themed festival was nominated for a European Festival Award in the Best Small Festival category.

Over the years, artists to perform there have included Jack L, Mick Flannery, Just Mustard, Badly Drawn Boy, Kern, Duke Special, Wallis Bird, The Riptide Movement, Ham Sandwich, Le Galaxie, Damien Dempsey, Hothouse Flowers, Fight Like Apes and The Stunning, among many more.

 

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