From the Fields, organiser of Bluedot, has announced the postponement of the festival, citing the lack of a Government-backed insurance scheme as one of the reasons. Bluedot will not take place until July 21-24, 2022.

In a statement on the Bluedot website, the organising team said: “The challenges of putting an event on at this time led us to ask for your feedback recently, and your suggestions and preferences are a large factor in our decision – you are as much part of Bluedot as the artists, speakers and performers. The responses to our survey suggested clearly that compromises in your weekend such as changing the layout or line-up or moving to a new weekend would have been disappointing and unacceptable.

“We explored these changes to give us the best possible chance to return. Following your feedback, it became clear that keeping the same festival on the same weekend would have been the only option that meets the expectations we and you and our partners all share for the festival. However, due to a lack of Government support around insurance for events such as ours, the risks are too great. Despite continuous calls from our industry over the past six months the Government have refused to step up and provide us with protection via a Government-backed insurance scheme. Without such a scheme, which would have provided us with security, the overwhelming risk and high upfront costs for us to hold Bluedot this year are sadly just too high.”

The statement continued: “As a small independent festival, Bluedot is left with a simple choice – make unacceptable changes to the weekend and risk the future of the festival or look ahead to 2022 and start the planning now for our greatest event yet.

“In the coming months we will be sharing plans as we reimagine Bluedot’s return in 2022, exploring the hundreds of reasons you have joined us since we first set foot beneath the telescope in 2016 and curating a series of very special events exploring our universe deeper than ever before. Rest assured this doesn’t mean we are on hold; with the certainty of moving the next edition to 2022 we are able to kick-start the planning now and put more time and passion than ever before into delivering an out of this world event. We’ll be sharing those plans with you in the coming weeks and months as we look forward to our return to Jodrell Bank.

“We are already planning some extraordinary collaborations and unique performances that will showcase the Bluedot which so many of you have fallen in love with, and we hope you will continue to support this and join us in 2022 by holding on to your tickets.”

Image: Lucas Sinclair/Bluedot