By Rachael Grealish
In a bid to rescue what’s left of the summer and raise money for charity Whitehaven’s first socially-distanced festival will go ahead this month.
Taking place on Saturday, August 29, the Hensingham Music Festival promises to be the COVID-secure, new-normal, event to support the local music scene.
HMF has been organised by Lee Adams, with assistance from Shelbi Lee and Hensingham Rugby Club – the latter is also the venue for the festival.
Lee said: “We are excited to be able to host this event, following months of no work for the music and events industry and very little financial aid, it is imperative we can start working again – as stripped back as that may be.”
The one-day event boasts a line-up of local artists and performers including: Northern Threads, Mustangz, Luke Matear, Cory & Stu, among others.
The festival has been a long-time coming for the organisers and Lee explained they have gone to extreme lengths and worked with the correct boards to make sure the event could go ahead safely.
He said: “Planning this event has been really difficult, we have worked very closely with the local environmental health team and local police to ensure we are completely COVID compliant.”
Tickets for the event are £60, for up to six people – they will then be assigned to a designated hexagonal plot which will act as their base.
As guests enter – with a staggered entry time – they will have their temperature checked and be asked to complete a COVID Track and Trace form.
Around the site there will be several hand sanitisers points and cleaners will be regularly cleaning high contact areas.
One person per plot will be allowed to leave for vendors such as food or the bars and this will be monitored by a token system.
Alongside this the volume of performers will be kept low as possible to prevent transmission where they can.
The Hensingham Music Festival will take place on Saturday, August 29, and a limited number of tickets are available to purchase HERE.