Phoenix Festival 2021 is cancelled

The Cotswolds’ free music and arts festival has been cancelled for the second year in a row, but hopes to make a return in 2022.

The organisers of the Phoenix Festival in Cirencester have announced that the event is being cancelled for a second year in a row.

The free festival was due to take place in the Abbey Grounds in Cirencester over the bank holiday weekend on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 August 2021, with organisers naming the rise in positive Covid-19 cases and requirements to self-isolate as part of the reason for the cancellation.

The Festival Committee decided that the risk of spending money on creating the on-site build, then not having enough volunteers to run the event, was too great.

Festival manager, Glen Moreman, said: ‘As a totally volunteer organisation the risks involved are just too great for us. We have raised such a lot of money and put in so much effort this year that we simply cannot jeopardise those funds and the future of the festival by trying to put a large (free) flagship event on that could fall at the final hurdle with so much uncertainty.

‘All our incredible volunteers are gutted but all agree that it is the correct decision for the future of the festival.’

As well as thanking people for their support, Phoenix Festival organisers are also encouraging the public to donate to a new JustGiving campaign to help fund the 2022 event.

Phoenix Festival is set to return to the Cotswolds on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 August 2022.

By Chloe Gorman

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Thursday 29 July 2021

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