Dearest Friends & Lovers,
So, here we are.
We have tried as hard as we could, to wait as long as we could to face this moment.
We have not done so out of blind optimism, but being small and somewhat nimble, we hoped that by giving ourselves as much time as we could possibly muster, we might just have been able to plot a clear path out of the current thicket of events, and into the wide clear glade of our dreams – Another Love Story 2020.
However, the recent clarification from the government stipulating a max capacity of 500 people for events in August, coupled with the ongoing uncertainties around the COVID-19 situation, mean that it is clear for us to see at this point in time that we have to face the disappointing, if somewhat unsurprising fact that we cannot go ahead with ALS 2020 as planned – and so the festival is cancelled for this year.
At this stage you are all beyond aware of the circumstances at play here, they hardly need repeating.
The overriding facts are that – coupled with ongoing restrictions and uncertainties around COVID-19 (which have huge implications for the practicality, viability and vibe of running an event like ALS) the very large and pressing reality for us is that we cannot proceed entirely safe in the knowledge that we could do so safely for our attendees, and equally as importantly for our crew, artists, and the community who live in Killyon Manor and in its wider surrounds.
We are, of course, hugely disappointed.
ALS is the cornerstone of our year – the bright beam of light around which the rest of the year’s shadow’s dance.
And doubly so as we had such a great edition planned for ALS 2020 -last year felt like a step up for us, it gave us such a huge boost of energy, and we were so looking forward to building further on that vibe.
We know this is a disappointing announcement for many of you also, we know so many of you were looking forward to that first post Lockdown party, and have held your plans in the hope that we would get to go ahead as planned.
We want to thank you for your unwavering support and patience over the last few months.
From our side, beyond this summer – ALS is a small independent business run by a small but hugely dedicated team who pour their hearts into the festival each year.
The scale of the festival is so important to the feeling of the ALS experience, but it also means that we have neither a large war-chest, nor large corporate backers – so cancelling the festival has some very real financial implications for the festival and the team.
It has been a strange and troubling few months on so many levels, even beyond COVID -19 we recognise that there are issues at play far greater than the lack of festivals this summer.
So overall we have to say that the main feeling here is one of genuine thankful appreciation for all the amazing year’s we have spent together to this point.
Though we will desperately miss the electrifying bolt of love lightening that we get from hosting you all at The Manor, we have so many truly amazing memories to sustain us through the strange winter of this COVID summer and beyond – no matter how long that runs.
We are looking forward to returning to Killyon Manor next August 13th – 15th for ALS 2021.
Never before have our twin totems of ‘Together Is the Most Important Thing’ and ‘Love Wins Out’ been more needed, or so apt.
We hope everyone is doing ok out there, and we can’t wait to dance with you all again.
Soon, we hope.