I've just seen that it's been almost a year since I last posted a blog update! I have to apologise for neglecting this page! There's a load of stuff that I should have mentioned, so I'm going to try to update you all as quickly and concisely as I can.
First things first, the Spring Fling was a blast and a great way to kick off Upton's festival season early. We had dozens of fantastic bands jamming out in a dozen fantastic venues, grooving and shaking away the last of the winter chill. We ran a great little contest where visitors could buy wristbands and be entered into a raffle, with prizes such as meals and hotel stays being offered by local venues and businesses. It was loads of fun and an optimistic start to what would have been a great festival season.
What happened next doesn't need much of an introduction. The following weekend, the UK was plunged into total lockdown as the number of Covid-19 cases began to surge. The months that followed were something of a blur for us, as there seemed to be little hope for live music making a quick return.
Despite brief respite in the late-summer months, we are practically in the same situation now as we were then. Restrictions are tightening on many parts of the UK and planning live music events seems fruitless and irresponsible. Because of this, our team has decided to cancel the upcoming Oktoberfest, instead turning our heads towards planning for next year. Although we don't know for sure how long these restrictions will last, we've decided to keep the ball rolling with various ideas on how Upton48 can return in 2021. I have little to report on the subject for now, but I'll certainly try harder to keep the site and socials updated where possible.
Our team would like to thank everyone who attended the Spring Fling and made it such a successful event. We'd also like to encourage everyone to keep washing their hands, wearing their masks and keeping their distance wherever possible. The sooner we manage to get in control of this virus, the sooner we can party on!
Cheers again, festival-goers!