Holding an event of the size and complexity of United is currently not possible under government guidance and legislation. We now know that, even if legislation and guidance change, as seems likely in the coming months, the change won’t happen rapidly enough for us to run United as normal. Key elements within the events industry have not shifted positively enough over the last 3-4 months to make United A and B viable at that level in time. Many other large events and festivals in the UK are facing the same issue as they look towards 2021. 2022 seems more certain to plan for and it looks as though things can resume more or less normally for events at that time. Event professionals currently seem to judge that the events industry will remain largely digital in Q1 of 2021, moving to hybrid (a combination of digital and reduced physically gathered numbers) for Q2 and Q3 of 2021, with the likelihood of a gradual comeback to normalcy for large events later in 2021. Sadly, the timing is just slightly out of our reach for a summer event of our scale and complexity.
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- Why are you no longer running United A and B as originally launched?
- What about the good news about the Covid vaccine? Won’t that change everything now and make United possible in July?
- Doesn’t this show a lack of faith? Surely God will enable his people to gather at United in 2021?
- What about Sixty One?
- Other festivals are still taking bookings so why is New Wine closing bookings for United A and B?
- Didn’t you learn from having to cancel United in 2020?
- Why did you launch United A and B in the summer only to cancel them now? Surely you knew then it wasn’t possible?
- Why are you making the decision now when the situation will surely have improve by the summer?
- Don’t you have cancellation insurance?
- If New Wine has had to cancel United 2 years in a row now, will you ever be able to hold it again?