We are devastated to announce that El Dorado will no longer be taking place this year and will return on 30th June - 3rd July 2022.
We have been doing everything in our power to avoid this heartbreaking decision, working closely with our amazing suppliers and partners to delay our timelines and defer payments for as long as possible. However, as a completely independent festival, with less than six weeks until we need to start building the site and with no Government backed COVID-19 insurance in place, the financial risk is just too high. To proceed as normal and then be forced to make a last minute cancellation would destroy the festival and we can’t let that happen.
When the Government roadmap was announced earlier this year, it provided us with confidence to be able to proceed with planning. Your support was astonishing, resulting in a sell-out within a matter of days. It was truly humbling and we cannot thank you enough.
We welcome the Government's public positivity in meeting their COVID-19 roadmap and we remain hopeful this is the case. Elsewhere in Europe the festival industry has received Government backed insurance, but unfortunately no such scheme has been announced within the UK. Without COVID-19 specific cancellation insurance for events and a clear enough plan of what conditions are required in order to safely operate, we would risk losing the festival forever.
Putting on festivals and events like El Dorado is our passion and livelihood. We would love nothing more than for the festival to go ahead and have explored every possible avenue and waited for as long as we possibly could. We are truly devastated.
Now, more than ever, we are asking you to stand by El Dorado once again and transfer your ticket to the 2022 festival. The support shown last summer from every person who kept their ticket allowed us to continue operating.
Everyone who purchased a ticket for 2021 will have their ticket automatically transferred to 2022. No further action is required to rollover your ticket. If, however, you can’t join us in 2022 then you are of course entitled to a refund. The ticket provider that you bought your ticket from will email you directly with their specific refund instructions. Please keep an eye on the email inbox from which you purchased your ticket from.
We’d like to thank our ticket buyers, families, friends, artists, partners, suppliers and everyone who has supported us from day one and especially over the past two years.
We can’t wait to welcome you back to the golden fields in 2022.
With love from all the team at El Dorado x
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