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Dutch government plans to allow music festivals from July

Good news! This summer festival season has been blighted the world over for one very obvious reason, but The Netherlands have just offered the latest glimmer of hope after stating that they aim to get shows back on the road after July 1st.

Last month, the Dutch government announced a cancellation fund of more than €300million in order to allow event organisers to reschedule shows panned before July 1st to the second half of the year, with security that they will be covered if the pandemic stops events going ahead any time after that date.

The safety net fund will cover all events that attract a minimum of 3,000 visitors.

Dutch culture minister Ingrid van Engelshoven stated, “[This fund] is a dot on the horizon for festival organizers. They can fall back on the guarantee fund in which at least €300m has been reserved. The event industry has long come to a standstill due to Corona. Guarantee is needed to get it back on track.”

The country has a rich festival going tradition with events such as; Best Kept Secret, Lowlands and Pinkpop, all taking place over the summer. The majority of these festivals have either made statements regarding the latest or have announced that they will be making statements in the coming days.

Awakenings Festival is one such event that has rescheduled to the latter half of 2021 stating on their website, “The COVID-19 pandemic is still not over, but things are starting to look a bit brighter, so we now aim for the second weekend of September.”

It is a statement that offers hope for live music moving forward into the summer and with Germany setting similar cancellation plans in place then other nations may follow suit.

Sadly Glastonbury has already announced cancellation this year and last week Coachella was delayed for a third time. Developments like the ones coming out of Netherlands do show, however, that there is light at the end of the tunnel.

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