To All SVF North, South & Midlands Customers (please scroll down for all messages in date order, newest at the top):

SVF North Announcement 15th June 2021:

With time now to have got over the initial disappointment of the Road Map delay until 19th July, the team have been working flat-out, preparing the reschedule, for today’s announcement, to confirm SVF North’s revised 2021 plans.
The new dates will be 24th to 26th September 2021 (3 days of live music) and whilst we appreciate that whatever date was chosen, would not be ideal for everyone, we have chosen this to ensure that:
🔸 Bands are available, so that we can still bring you a jaw-dropping 3 day music line up (full details announced in the next few days and you’re not going to be disappointed).
🔸 Even in the unlikely event of any further short delays being announced, that SVF North can still definitely happen this year.
🔸 All suppliers and logistics are in place and to support all the companies we work with, to give them much-needed work.
Like all events, your generous support in keeping your tickets and still joining us this year, wherever possible, means we still have an SVF North to look forward to.
🔵 If you can make the new dates, please just keep your tickets and they are automatically valid for the new September dates.
🔵 If you can't make it and wish to cancel for a refund, please email us at info@stonevalleyfestival.co.uk within 14 days.
🔵 Alternatively, if you prefer, you can make your tickets valid for 2022 if you can't make this year and if you'd like to organise this, just email us and we'll do the rest.
Don’t worry about it being at the end of the summer as September is annually, on average, around 1 degree warmer than May and only 1 degree colder than June, so the weather will be very similar to what we’re used to at previous SVFs. After all we’ve been through, we reckon we deserve a sunny weekend.
The festival will be, as promised, the very best SVF ever. The bands can’t wait, we can’t wait, you can’t wait, and with the vaccine program completed well before then, we WILL finally be there and if you were coming along in June, then come along in September and it will have been worth the wait.
SVF North 8 and a half is finally going to be here. We’ve all been through a period that none of us would have believed could happen and although we have been knocked down many times in the last 16 months, we’ve got back up each time and fought to keep SVF going and thanks to you all, we’ll finally get back to doing something we love.
Still keeping the faith,
SVF team x
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SVF North Announcement 14th June 2021:

Following tonight's government announcement, we've conceded that Stone Valley Festival North will have to move to later this year, and we can confirm that SVF North will be rescheduled to September 2021. This gives sufficient time for bands and suppliers to change their diaries and ensures SVF North WILL happen this year.

We will announce the exact dates by tomorrow night and all bands are being invited back, with final line up confirmation made in a few days, and right now our team are more determined than ever to guarantee you the best SVF you've ever been to. We always had contingency plans in place to help make sure that we ran this year and didn't have to wait for 2022, to ensure that SVF is here to stay - for good. It's not been easy but it's a labour of love.

Like all the hospitality and events industry, we've been hanging on for so long, it's felt like forever, and there's been some periods where we wondered if live music would ever be back. But we've done everything in our power to ensure a bright future for SVF. We will not give up and after nearly 18 months of juggling proverbial plates, we feel that this really is the last hurdle to jump.

The SVF family has been incredibly loyal and stuck with us throughout the pandemic, and again, we offer you all our heartfelt thanks for buying and keeping your tickets.

  • ​​​Once they are announced, if you can make the new dates, please just keep your tickets and they are automatically valid for September.
  • If you can't make it and wish to cancel for a refund, please email us at info@stonevalleyfestival.co.uk within 14 days.
  • Alternatively, if you prefer, you can make your tickets valid for 2022 if you can't make this year and if you'd like to organise this, just email us and we'll do the rest.

Like all of you, when we heard this final Road Map delay announcement, we were gutted, but we need SVF and all the other things we love, back in our lives as soon as possible, so with just over 3 months to go please hang on with us, as keeping your tickets is a huge support for the whole live music industry, which we thank you for. We'll get there and come September we are going to start a festival party weekend that we'll never forget 🎉

As always - Keeping The Faith

SVF Team x

 

SVF North Announcement 4th June 2021:

With the SVF North weekend on 25th to 27th June 2021 now getting closer, and excitement building, we want to give everyone an update about exactly where everything is at this moment in time.
Like all outdoor events, whether music, sporting or otherwise, we are all keenly waiting to hear the final government news on 14th June, to confirm if the full Road Map goes ahead on 21st June 2021. We are confident that outdoor events will be permitted to run in full, but all government legislation and guidelines will need to be adhered to, and right now we can't accurately predict what they will be.
With apologies for the long message, here's exactly where things stand at the moment:
Cancellation Insurance
We are aware of a number of events who have cancelled this year due to the lack of a government underwritten Covid Cancellation Insurance Scheme. While we share their disappointment at the lack of such a scheme, we have decided among our team, that we are prepared to accept this financial risk ourselves, in order to be able to put the event on this year, as scheduled.
Covid Passports
We believe, as has been reported at various outlets recently, that Covid Passports will not be introduced for Domestic purposes. We cannot however rule out that proof of a negative test may be a requirement to attend large events and festivals. Our policy in this respect will be entirely led by the legislation introduced by the government, with which we will comply fully, in order to ensure that the event is able to take place.
Contingency Plans
In the event that the government’s announcement is such that outdoor events are not able to return immediately, we will initiate our contingency plans, which have been developed through intensive discussion with all bands and relevant authorities, to reschedule the event, with its current line-up invited back, to September, with the exact date to be confirmed at the time, in the event of a reschedule.
Are we going ahead?
In the simplest terms possible, if Boris announces an end to outdoor social distancing restrictions from the 21st June then yes, we will be going ahead as planned, and this is the scenario that we expect. If, however, he announces a delay or change to the above, then we will be unable to run this month and we will announce the revised September dates as fast as possible. It's not a scenario we're expecting as things look to be on course for 21st June but we have to be realistic and plan for that possibility to protect the future of SVF.
We remain as confident as it is possible to be, that SVF North will run at the end of this month, and we have been doing everything possible to ensure that, one way or the other, SVF North happens this year, not only to support all the various areas of the live music industry, but also to guarantee that we can all enjoy SVF this year.
We all need live music and good times back in our lives and our Team have put everything on the line to make sure we bring you SVF back this year, later this month, or worst-case, in September. It's no exaggeration to say that our small independent team has worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic, making sure SVF survived. We've not had any Arts Council Grants to help us along and it's only thanks to all you out there, who have supported us by keeping your tickets and buying ones in the last few months, that we've made it to this point. The team has invested their time and money to protect SVF, as we love it, and we've been there since the beginning in 2013, so we weren't going to give up now, whatever the last 15 months have thrown at us.
We're on the home straight. We, and all of you, have kept the faith and you're going to see the best-ever SVF this year. We will make an announcement immediately after the government's Road Map information is confirmed, after the 14th, so please bear with us and SVF North IS coming, so we'll see you in the fields.
All the best
SVF Team x

 

SVF North Announcement 7th March 2021:

SVF NORTH - GREAT NEWS
Live music is coming back and we're all excited to be able to finally get together at SVF North on 25th - 27th June for what is going to be, far and away, the best SVF ever, and if you've got a ticket, hang onto it - you're in for a treat.
Our operations team have been working incredibly hard in the background over the last 12 months, engaging with government and industry bodies to plan for all eventualities. One of the things that has become very clear during that time is that space will be a key requirement for all events in the summer of 2021 and beyond. Those familiar with Stone Valley North will be aware that while the previous site was incredibly friendly and atmospheric, it was cosy to say the least. To ensure that Stone Valley could take place in the immediate post-restrictions period, our team have worked tirelessly through a lengthy process to secure an incredible new Main Field, within Stanhope, which affords a much more usable space, that allows you the opportunity of lots more space and allows us to introduce some great changes, including a significantly larger Big Top tent for a bigger and better Main Stage, more spacious viewing area, a large al-fresco outdoor area, between several different bars, offering much quicker service and more choice, and a huge giant-screen available for the Euro Championship games over the weekend, plus a food court with an enhanced range, offering great variety. These incredible additions, plus a hugely enhanced camping experience in a larger space, will take your experience of Stone Valley North to the next level and make SVF 8 (and a half!) something truly special, as we come back with a bang!
Those customers camped on Campsites C and D will access the new main field using a free shuttle bus which will run continuously, every 15 minutes, at all hours of the day, taking you from the entrance of your campsite to the entrance of the fantastic new Main Field. This bus will also stop in Stanhope Market Place on every trip for anyone who wants to use the shops, pubs, or facilities within Stanhope Village, at any time.
ALL Red Camp Site A and White Camp SIte B ticket-holders will be in the Main Field, and all Blue Site C ticket-holders will be located in SVF's previous home - the Castle Park (our new Site C), as detailed on the maps above, plus a new Site D, for which a small number of camping tickets will be on sale in a few days. Site C customers won't have to trail along the path from the original Site C anymore and all the same facilities as Sites A and B will be there - showers, toilet blocks, etc. You just jump on the shuttle bus running all day, every day, and you'll be dropped off in the Main Field in 5 minutes, and can come and go on the bus as you please, which will also be available for everyone who wants to pop into Stanhope Village at any time.
We hope you'll agree that this is the best news SVF has had in a long time and when you see the picturesque new site and the new planned spacious layout, you will not be disappointed, as we can promise that the improvements will be stunning. For the SVF Team, it's a labour of love and everything will be improved - camping and festival space, number of bars, food choice, stage and production and all, with what we can honestly say, is the best line up we've ever had.
All camping sold out months ago, (and non-camping is now getting close to sell out), but we've had a small number of cancellations and a very limited further allocation of camping tickets, which will go on sale this coming Friday at 6pm. If you're on our Camping Tickets waiting list, you will receive an email by Wednesday, with an advance purchase option before they go on general sale. All Adult ticket-holders who bought a ticket before the 12th June 2020 reschedule announcement was made, and have kept their ticket, will be able to collect their £10 drinks token at the entrance gate.
Finding the new site will be easy, as it's just at the other side of Stanhope and will be well signposted on the weekend of the festival. You all kept the faith with us and retained your tickets through a year that's been horrendous for everyone, in so many ways. We all need to enjoy ourselves soon, and we're going to thank you with something that is going to be very, very special. We will see you there in a few months and the countdown to SVF NORTH 8 AND A HALF has begun.
Stay safe, KTF and much love.
SVF team x

SVF South Announcement 26th February 2021:

In light of this week's road map announcement, confirming that social distancing laws and regulations will be removed on 21st June, we’re delighted that live music is finally coming back, and Stone Valley Festival South can be enjoyed in 2021.

As May is a little early on outdoor restrictions lifting, we're rescheduling SVF South to the weekend of 13th to 15th August 2021, and we can promise you the best one yet.
All the bands are returning, and with a legendary line up like that we can't wait to party this summer to some of the best live music there is.
As considerate and ethical event organisers, we will ensure that we will be fully Covid-safe and will go the extra mile to ensure all safety and hygiene requirements will be in place.

We all need live music to look forward to this summer, as we start to return to normality, and to help keep the invaluable live music industry in business, which is responsible for hundreds of thousands of jobs. Small independent festivals like SVF and many others, and their survival for the future, are a vital part of this industry. We again offer our genuinely heartfelt thanks for your continued support, well wishes and patience, in keeping your tickets and waiting with us. Wherever possible we hope you can join us later this year, when we can finally enjoy a very long overdue party, but if you're unable to make the dates please email us at info@stonevalleyfestival.co.uk in the next 14 days.A big thanks to the bands who have been busy organising their diaries, so they can be there, and to all the suppliers working with us through such a difficult time, to make sure we can see you all there later this year, and for many years to come. It WILL be worth the wait and it is going to be a VERY special weekend to remember.

Stay safe, take care, keep the faith, and we'll see you there.

SVF team x

 

SVF South Announcement 22nd February 2021:

In light of the current restrictions and today's road map announcement, confirming that social distancing laws and regulations will be removed on 21st June, we’d like to announce the plans we've put in place to make sure SVF South will now definitely go ahead this year, as we've been working hard to prepare a contingency plan to ensure that the festival will be staged in 2021.
As the end of May, is now a few weeks too soon for outdoor restrictions to be sufficiently lifted, to allow the event to be held then, we can announce that Stone Valley Festival South will be rescheduled to later summer. This will allow plenty of time for the adult vaccine program to be completed by the end of July and outdoor restrictions lifted, so we can all still enjoy the festival this year.
As considerate and ethical event organisers, we will ensure that we will be fully Covid-safe and will go the extra mile to ensure all safety and hygiene requirements will be in place.
We all need live music to look forward to this summer, as we start to return to normality, and to help keep the invaluable live music industry in business, which is responsible for hundreds of thousands of jobs. Small independent festivals like SVF and many others, and their survival for the future, are a vital part of this industry. We again offer our genuinely heartfelt thanks for your continued support, well wishes and patience, in keeping your tickets and waiting with us. Wherever possible we hope you can join us later this year, when we can finally enjoy a very long overdue party.
A big thanks to the bands who are busy organising their diaries, so they can be there, and to all the suppliers working with us through such a difficult time, to make sure we can see you all there later this year, and for many years to come. It WILL be worth the wait and it is going to be a VERY special weekend to remember.
Confirmation of the dates and line up will be announced by the weekend and we can FINALLY have something good to look forward to.
Stay safe, take care and keep the faith.
SVF South team x

SVF North Announcement 12th June 2020:

A Message from Stone Valley Festival North:

In light of the ongoing uncertainty and concern surrounding the Coronavirus Pandemic, the most recent updates from the Government, and after numerous meetings and discussions with all relevant parties, it is with heavy hearts that we must concede that, despite our very best efforts, we are unable to hold Stone Valley Festival North this year, on the rescheduled August dates, as it is now clear that large gatherings and events will not be allowed in time for late Summer. This means that this year's SVF North will be rescheduled to the 3 day weekend of 25th to 27th June 2021 and we can guarantee it will not just be as good as it was going to be in August, but the best one we’ve ever had, with a line up we could never have even dreamed of when we first started SVF.

This is not a decision we have taken lightly, as we did everything possible to give us a fighting chance of holding the event this year, but setting a festival up is a huge logistical operation and preparation  must begin many weeks before, so we could not now guarantee that the event, even if circumstances allowed, (which is now very unlikely), could be run exactly as we would normally plan and completely safely, in light of the current crisis.

When we announced rescheduling the festival to 21st to 23rd August 2020 we did so to give us some hope of having an event to look forward to this year, and asked for your support to secure the future of SVF North by keeping your tickets for the new dates, supporting not just the SVF that we all know and love, but the live music industry in general, and we must say that the support and kind messages we received have been overwhelming for both SVF North and South. We're a small team of local promoters and we reinvest in our festivals every year to continually improve them and secure the future of great live music – music that means so much to all of us. Now that we have to move to 2021 we're respectfully asking for your continued support and, wherever possible, if you can come along next year, to hang onto your tickets for 2021, which will all be automatically valid and will still include the extra Sunday of bands, with no extra charge for existing ticket holders.

However, we believe that support must be repaid and as OUR gesture of thanks to you ALL, we have taken the unprecedented decision that EVERY Adult SVF ticket holder who purchased a ticket up to today's date and keeps their ticket to use in 2021 will be entitled to £10 of free drinks vouchers per Adult ticket. This is a genuine gesture from our team, in conjunction with our good friends, Barserve, festival bar specialists who will be running a superb, bigger, slicker and better set of bar facilities next year. We are making this gesture, that we hope will demonstrate our loyalty to you all, and show our desire to make sure SVF continues to be a weekend every year that we can all look forward to.

When you present your Adult ticket at the entrance gate next year, you will automatically be given your free drinks vouchers on entry, to spend on drinks, as you wish. There are no hidden catches, the vouchers can be used for anything sold at the bars and all drinks prices will be as competitive as ever. We want to keep great live music and both SVFs on the calendar, year after year and with your support in keeping your tickets for next year, we want to repay that with your first £10 of drinks - on us! We will all need a good party by then, after such difficult times.

We have been working hard with the bands, (who we thank for their support) to invite them all back next year. Almost every artist can return in 2021 (we will be inviting Peter Hook back for a future year) and there are also many new extra surprise additions, and we know you will agree that this is far and away the best and biggest line up that SVF North has ever seen. It’s a list of fantastic bands and legendary names never before assembled all on one line up and we can guarantee that 2021's SVF North will be the best one ever. You will not want to miss, what is going to be a very special weekend.

The pandemic crisis has made it incredibly difficult, so in order to support the whole industry and ensure SVF North will still be here for many years to come, we ask if you could kindly keep your tickets to join us in 2021 at a very special party and have some drinks on us.

These are unprecedented times for us all and we thank you for all the support you have already shown for a festival that we all love and enjoy every year and that the bands love to come and play at. These are huge challenges that no one could have foreseen, but with your continued support we can get through this. It'll be a very special weekend in 2021 and we'll be back next year, better than ever.

Stay safe and well, keep the faith and we'll see you there.

Much love from the SVF team. x

SVF South Announcement 12th June 2020:

A Message from Stone Valley Festival South:

In light of the ongoing uncertainty and concern surrounding the Coronavirus Pandemic, the most recent updates from the Government, and after numerous meetings and discussions with all relevant parties, it is with heavy hearts that we must concede that, despite our very best efforts, we are unable to hold Stone Valley Festival South this year, on the rescheduled August dates, as it is now clear that large gatherings and events will not be allowed in time for late Summer. This means that this year's SVF South will be rescheduled to the 3 day Bank Holiday weekend of 28th to 30th May 2021 and we can guarantee it will not just be as good as it was going to be in August, but the best SVF South we’ve ever had, with a line up we are very proud of and we know you’re going to love.

This is not a decision we have taken lightly, as we did everything possible to give us a fighting chance of holding the event this year, but setting a festival up is a huge logistical operation and preparation  must begin many weeks before, so we could not now guarantee that the event, even if circumstances allowed, (which is now very unlikely), could be run exactly as we would normally plan and completely safely, in light of the current crisis.

When we announced rescheduling the festival to 28th to 30th August 2020 we did so to give us some hope of having an event to look forward to this year, and asked for your support to secure the future of SVF South by keeping your tickets for the new dates, supporting not just the SVF that we all know and love, but the live music industry in general, and the support and kind messages we received have been overwhelming for both SVF North and South. We're a small promotions team of music lovers, who set up both SVFs to become the kind of great value festivals that we would want to go to every year ourselves ,and we reinvest in them every year to continually improve them and secure the future of great live music – music that means so much to all of us. Now that we have to move to 2021 we're respectfully asking for your continued support and, wherever possible, if you can come along next year, to hang onto your tickets for 2021, which will all be automatically valid.

However, we believe that support must be repaid and as OUR gesture of thanks to you ALL, we have taken the unprecedented decision that EVERY Adult SVF ticket holder who purchased a ticket up to today's date and keeps their ticket to use in 2021 will be entitled to £10 of free drinks vouchers per Adult ticket. This is a genuine gesture from our team, in conjunction with our good friends, Barserve, festival bar specialists who will be running a superb, bigger, slicker and better set of bar facilities next year. We are making this gesture, that we hope will demonstrate our loyalty to you all, and show our desire to make sure SVF continues to be a weekend every year that we can all look forward to.

When you present your Adult ticket at the entrance gate next year, you will automatically be given your free drinks vouchers on entry, to spend on drinks, as you wish. There are no hidden catches, the vouchers can be used for anything sold at the bars and all drinks prices will be as competitive as ever. We want to keep great live music and both SVFs on the calendar, year after year and with your support in keeping your tickets for next year, we want to repay that with your first £10 of drinks - on us! We will all need a good party by then, after such difficult times.

We have been working hard with the bands, (who we thank for their support) to invite them all back next year and they’ll be appearing alongside some new extra surprise additions, including The Undertones, Sham 69 (original ’77 line up) and more, and we know you will agree that this is far and away the best and biggest line up that SVF South has ever seen. It’s a list of fantastic bands and legendary names never before assembled all on one line up and we can guarantee that 2021's SVF South will be the best one ever. You will not want to miss, what is going to be a very special weekend.

The pandemic crisis has made it incredibly difficult, so in order to support the whole industry and ensure SVF South will still be here for many years to come, we ask if you could kindly keep your tickets to join us in 2021 at a very special party and have some drinks on us.

These are unprecedented times for us all and we thank you for all the support you have already shown for a festival that we all love and enjoy every year and that the bands love to come and play at. These are huge challenges that no one could have foreseen, but with your continued support we can get through this. It'll be a very special weekend in 2021 and we'll be back next year, better than ever.

Stay safe and well, keep the faith and we'll see you there.

Much love from the SVF team. x

 

SVF North Announcement 21st April 2020:

In light of the ever-changing circumstances surrounding the Coronavirus Pandemic we have been working very hard to look at all the sensible options and the decision has been taken to reschedule Stone Valley Festival North to the weekend of 21st to 23rd August 2020. This decision reflects a wish to ensure that SVF North is still here in future years, while unequivocally putting public health front and centre during these worrying times.

We haven't taken this decision lightly, but we have to prioritise everyone’s health and safety and we feel that even if restrictions were sufficiently lifted in 10 weeks time, many people would choose not to attend anyway.

You will have noticed that the rescheduled dates are across 3 days. We have had many requests from people to do this for the last couple of years, so we can feature many more bands each year, and have been considering it for some time. We have therefore decided to extend the rescheduled SVF North to 3 days (Friday to Sunday) to match our sister festival SVF South, and the rescheduled dates have given us the opportunity to do this, so we can accommodate, not only all the bands who have so kindly reworked their schedules, to still be able to play for you across the new weekend, but also some fantastic additional names. The first of these is the superb Bad Manners playing on the Sunday 23rd August and more exciting names will be announced in the next week or so.

These are unprecedented times for us all that none of us could have foreseen, and sadly thousands of businesses will not make it out of the other side of the crisis. As a small local festival business that has always sought to bring you the very best live music for the last 8 years, at incredible-value ticket prices, and reinvests in its events each year, to make them bigger and better, the recent crisis has made it incredibly difficult, especially when many payments for this year have already been made and everything suddenly comes to a halt. In order to support the whole live music industry and suppliers and to ensure the festival will still be here for many years to come we ask if you could kindly keep your tickets to either use in August or at 2021's event and support the future of SVF North.

ALL tickets are valid for the rescheduled dates and will also now include the extra Sunday music (Camping tickets will also include Sunday night camping). There is NO extra charge for the Sunday. We appreciate that there will be some people who are unable to make the rescheduled dates and if you can't make it your tickets can be made valid for next year's SVF North on the weekend of 25th to 27th June 2021, which will also run for 3 days. Simply email us at info@stonevalleyfestival.co.uk to confirm and we will send you official confirmation that the tickets can then be used at our 2021 festival. By keeping all festival tickets valid, so you can attend in August, or at next year’s event, we can ensure that Stone Valley will be here for the long-term, year after year.

We will also be emailing all this information out to all ticket-holders over the next 24 hours. The first guaranteed bands on the line-up are on the poster and we're delighted to have also just received confirmation tonight that The Dualers can appear on the rescheduled weekend. The final line-up confirmation will follow in the next few days and we must thank all the bands and suppliers who have rallied in support of us.

Whilst there is still a risk, of course, that SVF North might have to be completely rescheduled to 2021 if public gatherings are banned for the whole of the summer, we are giving ourselves a fighting chance of still holding SVF North this year, as well, and like many events we're hoping that August is far enough away to give us this chance. If all events were eventually banned for the whole year ALL tickets will immediately be honoured for 25th to 27th June 2021.

Since 2013 when 600 of us gathered in the 'tin shed' this has always been YOUR festival and YOU make it what it is - much more than an average festival. We are now faced with huge challenges that no one could have foreseen, but with your support we can get through this and still have a very special weekend, better than ever.

Stay safe and well and we'll see you there.

SVF team

PS This article from the BBC News website perfectly sums up the predicament that hundreds of festivals are facing and how they will all need support from ticket-holders to preserve live music events for the future: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/newsbeat-52227665…


SVF South Announcement about Covid-19 - Coronavirus 18th March 2020:

In light of the most recent Government announcements in relation to the Coronavirus pandemic and to follow on from our message last week, posted on Facebook and our website, we have taken the decision to postpone Stone Valley Festival South until the August Bank Holiday Weekend of 28th to 30th August 2020. This decision reflects a wish to ensure that the Festival is here in future years, while unequivocally putting public health front and centre during these troubling times.

This is not a decision we have taken lightly, but we have to prioritise everyone’s health and safety and at this time we feel many people would choose not to attend anyway in May. The Government’s advice that the vulnerable and over 70’s should self-isolate from this Friday for 3 months, falls directly in the time that Stone Valley Festival South would have been held and it would run against our inclusive aims to see a position that may unfairly preclude elderly or unwell persons from attending the event.

We have chosen the next Bank Holiday Weekend as it is nearly 6 months away, to give everyone a chance to come along, and means that the festival will still run for three days and is still equally well placed on a Bank Holiday weekend.

Final line-up confirmation will follow in the next few days but we can already confirm now that the vast majority of bands and artists have already confirmed that they are able to appear and have rallied in support and worked their diaries around the new dates, in order to still be able to play, and we must thank them for their support. We are working hard with the final few artists to finish this off.

As a small team of live music lovers we have, for the last 8 years, always sought to bring festivals that not only have fantastic live music but are great value, and at this difficult time we ask you to support us by keeping your tickets, to use on the revised dates. Like all smaller festivals we will need your support in order to get through to the other side of this crisis and guarantee the event will go ahead for many years to come. The only way of doing this is by keeping your tickets which will be honoured for the new dates on the August Bank Holiday Weekend.

However, if at that time, you are ill, self-isolating, or unable to make that weekend, simply email us at info@stonevalleyfestival.co.uk to confirm and we will send you official confirmation that the tickets can then be used at our 2021 festival. By keeping all festival tickets valid, so you can attend in August, or at next year’s event, we can ensure that Stone Valley will be here for the long-term, year after year, and give us all something to look forward to.

Postponement of Stone Valley South to August instead of cancelling the event altogether means ticket refunds, for which our policy is set out in our Terms and Conditions, cannot be given. Since cancellation would mean the event could not return in the future, we ask you to support this festival and secure its future, and we will honour your ticket to attend this August or in 2021.

At this time, since it falls outside of the advised 3 month period, Stone Valley Festival North will continue as planned on the 26th and 27th June 2020.

These are unprecedented times and like all small businesses we are now faced with huge challenges that no one could have foreseen, but with your support we can get through this and still have a great weekend, albeit in 23 weeks time.

Stay safe and see you at the show.


SVF North Announcement about Covid-19 - Coronavirus 18th March 2020:

The Team at Stone Valley Festival are continuing to take and seek out as much expert advice as possible, as well as considering every announcement by the government regarding the ongoing Coronavirus Pandemic.

As you will all be aware, the government recently advised that all persons who are over the age of 70 or who have underlying health conditions which increase their vulnerability to Covid 19 to actively withdraw from avoidable social contact for a period of 3 months. The 3-month period will cover a length of time up to mid-June 2020. To ensure that there is no risk that vulnerable persons could be unfairly discriminated against (which would run against our primary aim to bring great value live music to everyone) we have taken action in relation to other events that we organise, including Stone Valley Festival South, to postpone the events to such a time that everyone is able to enjoy them.

Since this period will end in mid-June 2020, Stone Valley Festival North which takes place on the 26th and 27th June 2020 will be unaffected. Since this will allow us to undertake our goal of delivering a great value festival to everyone who wishes to attend, Stone Valley Festival North will continue, on its scheduled dates, as planned.

We consider it our duty to our customers to comprehensively plan for the Festival, in every respect. On this basis, we have begun the process of setting out a contingency plan for an alternative option, should it be required, to move the Stone Valley Festival North to the 21st and 22nd of August. We do want to reinforce that this is a fall-back option and not one that we yet intend to implement.

Stone Valley Festival North will proceed as planned on the 26th and 27th of June 2020 at this time.

Look forward to seeing you all and stay safe.

Stone Valley Festival Team


SVF North & South Announcement about Covid-19 - Coronavirus 12th March 2020:

The ongoing concern regarding Covid-19 and Coronavirus are, correctly, in everyone’s minds at present. With this in mind, we have decided to explain our current approach and the consideration given to it.
Since the early stages of the progression of the virus within the UK, we have been in regular contact with appropriate expert bodies and sought out all current professional advice to determine an appropriate, safe and considered response to ongoing concerns.
At this time, and after due consideration of advice from the UK’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer which stated that “[since] the virus will not survive very long outside, many outdoor events, particularly, are relatively safe”, we have decided that the Festival will proceed as planned, with suitable measures and steps undertaken to provide suitable assistance to our customers in maintaining suitable hygiene, sanitation and public health steps.

There are 2 immediate concerns expressed by customers that we wish to address at this time and provide definite reassurance to our valued supporters:

  1. The Festival will proceed as planned without cancellation and, in as far as is within our control on the original date, though it goes without saying that should government and scientific advice change and the date were to become unsuitable for a public gathering, the Festival will run with the shortest possible postponement. Postponement will only be if government advice, contrary to its current position, is to suggest that it would be unsafe on its current date and [postponement] would then be for the shortest time possible before the Festival takes place.
  2. In the event that any of our customers are unable to attend the Festival due to self-isolation as a result of infection or possible infection, we will honour that same ticket to the next Festival without any further costs or fees. We hope our customers appreciate that this is a major step not replicated by many other festivals and is indicative of our wish to stand by our customers through this time, as we hope they stand by us.

Public Health England have been very clear in their message that improved personal hygiene, awareness of symptoms and self-isolation for those affected are the primary steps on which the UK’s response will focus. To support this and assist our customers, we are already committed and have begun work toward the following:

  • A substantial up-scaling of hygiene facilities available at the festival including hand sanitising points and hand washing stations;
  • Provision of ample signage and other information distribution in the run up to and at the Festival highlighting all public information, symptom awareness and “What to do” briefings to assist our customers in supporting our efforts to produce a safe event in line with national approaches to managing the ongoing public health concern;
  • A significant increase in the quantity of toilets, showers and other welfare facilities available;
  • Deployment of a dedicated team who will collectively clean, maintain and sanitise toilet, shower and other washing facilities 24/7 throughout the Festival;
  • A full appraisal of the current environment will be carried out by our Festival’s dedicated Medical Team who will implement such additional measures as are recommended in light of the ongoing outbreak to suitable manage any persons who may become unwell. Our consideration in respect of medical services provided remains as it always has been – we aim to ensure that our customers have quicker and easier access to medical services at our festivals than they would in their home. That objective will remain the case moving forward and we will fully commit to all suitable steps and investment to maintain it;
  • We are working actively to take sensible steps to increase the size of our event spaces and Arena, with a view to allow persons more room and decreasing close contact within the Festival.

We would like to summarise this announcement and re-iterate the following:

  • We are firmly committed to ensuring that the Festival takes place on its planned date, in a safe manner and with all suitable consideration and investment undertaken to place customer welfare as an uninterrupted priority;
  • Should public health advice change from its current guidance that outdoor events remain safe, we will consider postponement of the Festival to such a time that no risk is posed in this respect;
  • Even in the event that you are unable to attend the festival as a result of infection, we will voluntarily honour your ticket for the next Festival at no cost to you;

We hope you appreciate our efforts and the steps we are taking to manage the Festival safely and sensibly; we certainly appreciate your ongoing support.

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