We hope you and your families are keeping safe and well at this time. We have all been touched by this terrible virus in one way or another and especially those who have lost loved ones or been left severely debilitated, all of us at Upton Blues Festival would like to extend our heartfelt sympathies.
The committee met recently with the resolve and expectation to carry on the planning for 2021. As always, paramount to UBF has been the enjoyment and safety of the bands, festival goers and residents of the town. After taking advice it became evident that safety could not be reasonably guaranteed if the current restrictions are in place in July. At this point we simply cannot guarantee when restrictions will be lifted sufficiently to run the festival. Therefore, and I’m sure it will come as no surprise, it is with great sorrow and regret we have to announce Upton Blues Festival will not take place in 2021.
The Upton Blues Festival committee are unanimous in being determined to keep the spirit of the festival alive, front and centre for when we can all get back together on the stages, in the campsites, the pubs and on the streets. The UBF committee isn’t going to take the ravages of Covid 19 lying down!
We are will be asking all the bands on all main stages who very kindly agreed to transfer their contracts from 2020 into 2021 if they would be prepared to extend again into the weekend of July 15th – 17th 2022?
UBF are currently exploring means of achieving an online festival with various online events and features taking place in the lead up to the weekend of July 16th – 18th 2021 when the festival would have been held. Over the next few months we will also be bringing out some merchandise including a 2021/2022 cancelled polo shirt.
Anyone who had already purchased a "2021 UBF Camping Ticket" will get an automatic refund over the next few weeks.
Directed by Frazer Sheppard and the backing music is written and performed by the fabulous Stone Mountain Sinners.
In the absence of live music and a live, on-site festival we will still be busy here at UBF... stay tuned to our website and social media channels for virtual performances, updated playlists, interviews and podcasts with previous and upcoming Upton Blues performers, digital panel discussions and Q+A sessions and other events leading up to and celebrating our 20th Anniversary.