Ramblin’ Man Fair, which had been due to take place in Maidstone over the weekend of 16–18 July, has become the latest domino in the summer festival chain to fall, with the confirmation that is has been cancelled.
In a statement issued this afternoon (Monday 10 May), the organizers said:
“With great regret Ramblin Man Fair 2021 will not happen. We thank everyone for their patience while we held our line until the last possible moment to make an informed decision.
“The reasons are many but all – unsurprisingly – are linked to the ongoing Covid related complications that challenge events in the early summer of this year, whether it’s the lack of government backed insurance scheme, no support from government funds that we applied for, ongoing travel restrictions on major artists, increased costs for crowd safety and potential testing – the list goes on. Ramblin’ Man would like to thank all the bands who did put themselves forward and we know that they all share our regret and frustration at the situation.
“We would also like to thank the event team at Maidstone council and Mote Park for their patience and understanding through this difficult time. But most of all RMF would like to thank the loyal ticket holders who make the event as special as it is. Refunds can be accessed via point of purchase on Eventbrite.co.uk and details of potential rollover and dates for 2022 will be released in due course. “
Ramblin’ Man is the fourth independent festival in the past fortnight to have announced that it will not take place this summer, following on from the cancellations of 2000Trees and UK Tech-Fest and, most recently, Rebellion.