DEVASTATED organisers of Worcester Music Festival have revealed their heartache at pulling the plug on this year’s celebration of music which was due to take place in September.
Committee members revealed their decision yesterday (Tuesday) due to the continued uncertainty around the effects of the current Coronavirus pandemic. The decision has been made in the interest of safety for all of the festival’s volunteers, artists and audiences.
The festival, which was set to take place from September 11 to 13, welcomes musicians of every genre to play in the city’s best-loved venues, pubs and spaces to raise money for charity.
However, due to the pandemic leaving the livelihood of Worcester’s music and arts scene hanging in the balance and Worcester’s venues facing an uncertain timeframe for reopening, it simply isn’t feasible for volunteers to spend time and resources on planning an event which may not be able to go ahead closer to the time.
Festival boss Anthony Robbins said: “It is with great sadness we’re making the decision Worcester Music Festival can’t happen this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. We, of course, have to ensure the safety of our audience, artists, crew, volunteers and venue staff.
“I hope we’ll be in a position where live music in venues and festivals can return in 2021. Live music is not only a passion for me, but for so many others. Hopefully, we’ll all come out of this stronger, and I, for one, can’t wait to see live music return to my life.
“Keeps safe, keep sane; we will get there.”
For this year’s event, the chosen charity was Worcester Community Trust. Now, with the festival no longer going ahead, the festival will be using alternative routes to fund-raise for the charity as well as continuing with them as their chosen cause during 2021’s event.
“We’ll be fund-raising for Worcester Community Trust during our 2021 event, but in the meantime, we still want to help. Worcester Community Trust is providing a lifeline to many members of our Worcester communities.
“Each week, they’re continuing to go above and beyond in providing care packages, meals and support to vulnerable individuals. With our main fundraising event no longer going ahead, we’re asking everyone to donate and support in any way possible.’
The festival has created a JustGiving page where they’re inviting usual festival-goers to donate what they can in support of Worcester’s communities. And, in the coming weeks, the committee will be announcing additional fundraising plans
Visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/wmf2020-wct for more.