Covid-19: What Are We Doing?

This year’s Beyond The Woods Festival will be taking place on 6th & 7th August.

We know that you might have questions about Covid-19, and what it means for this year’s event, so we’ve put together this page to give you the answers.

Will the festival be going ahead?

We’re currently going full-steam-ahead for Beyond The Woods to take place this August.

According to the government’s roadmap out of lockdown, all restrictions will be lifted on 21st June. This mean’s we’ll be in a strong position to put on a safe event two months later.

What will you be doing to make the event Covid-safe?

We’ve drawn up plans to cover all eventualities to help make Beyond The Woods as safe as possible.

Of course, the situation with the coronavirus is constantly changing. The safety measures we’d need to put on a festival now could be very different to the safety measures we might need in August.

We’re constantly reviewing our plans, and changing them according to infection levels, and the government’s lockdown roadmap.

As the festival gets nearer, and we have a better idea of the sorts of measures we are likely to need to introduce, we’ll be able to give you some more concrete information.

What if the festival is cancelled?

Of course, we’ve got to be completely honest and say that there is still a chance that Beyond The Woods might not be able to take place. The situation with Covid has changed so dramatically over the last year, and we can’t rule out that it might do so again.

What we can guarantee is what will happen if we do have to call the festival off.

If the festival is cancelled, everyone will be entitled to a full refund of the face value price of their ticket, including any camping upgrades etc.

Or, instead, you can roll your ticket over to 2022’s event free of charge.

Whatever happens, we promise that you’ll get what you paid for or get your money back.

What if I get for Covid before the festival?

If you can’t attend the festival because of a positive Covid test, you’ll be able to request a refund.

If you have Covid between Friday 30th June and Friday 27th August you’ll be able to apply for a refund.

Obviously, to be eligible for a refund your ticket must be unused.

We’ll provide more information on requesting a refund in July.

Any other questions?

If you’ve got any other questions, or there’s anything you think we’ve missed, please feel free to contact us.

We look forward to seeing you at Stourton Woods in August.

Food and Drink: Tell Us What You Think

Preparations for Beyond The Woods 2021 are well underway, and we need you to help us choose who’s serving the food and drink!

One of our big focuses for our next festival is to make sure the stuff you’ve got to eat and drink is better than ever before. We’d love your help to choose which traders turn up at the Beyond The Woods Market, and what they’re serving up.

The survey will only take a couple of minutes to do, and your responses are completely anonymous.

There’s also a chance for you to shout out a local trader, if there’s someone you know who you think would do a great job at keeping us fed and watered.

Click here to take the survey, and tell us what you think. We’d also love it if you could share the link with your friends.

Thank you!

Beyond The Woods HQ x

Become A Supplier

Every year, we work with a great team of individuals and businesses who help us put on the festival.

If you’re interested in supplying goods or services to Beyond The Woods, you can find out more information, and apply, via this page.

Food & Entertainment Vendors

We will be inviting food & entertainment vendors to get in touch in the new year. Please check back in January for more information.

Contracts Available For Tender

We’re pleased to now be able to invite expressions of interest in supplying a number of services to next year’s festival.

We’re looking to work with reputable suppliers of a number of key goods and facilities: From fencing and marquees to radio hire and cash registers.

Please take a look at the Beyond The Woods Festival 2021 Tender Brief for more information.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch via the details available in the tender brief, or through our contact page.

Apply To Supply

If you are only applying to supply the following, we would be delighted to hear from you either by telephone or email:

Cash registers, credit card terminals, radio hire, water bowsers.

You can find our details on the cover of the tender document, above.

If you are interested in supplying other services instead or as well as the above, we’d be very pleased to hear from you via this form.

Supplier FAQs

Can I apply to supply multiple services?

Yes! You can apply to supply as many of the products/services we’ve listed as you like.

How will you assess applications?

Applications will be assessed on price (60%) and response to the brief (40%), as well as whether they meet certain qualifying criteria, for example holding satisfactory levels of insurance.

Is there a deadline for applying?

There is no hard and fast deadline for applying, but we’re keen to have awarded most, if not all contracts by Christmas.

What considerations do I need to make for Coronavirus?

We are keen to hear how suppliers would respond to the challenge of Covid-19, but also recognise that this could be subject to change over the next nine months. In fact, we’d be very surprised if the measures we’re currently planning are the measures we end up using next August.

We’re looking forward to working with partners who are knowledgeable about the challenges Covid presents, and can be flexible in their response.

Lincolnshire Writer Launches Charity Poetry Book

Here at Beyond The Woods we’re keen supporters of the arts in all their forms. This week we spoke to local poet Tom Davies about his forthcoming poetry book, Jobs For Beluga Whales.

Hi Tom. Tell us a bit more about this project

For the last few weeks I’ve been inviting friends to send me subjects to write about on Instagram, and I’ve been turning them into poems. It’s been really good fun, and I’ve decided to take my favourites and turn them into my very first poetry book.

I think the technical term might be an anthology?

Am I right in thinking that this poetry book will be raising money for charity?

That’s correct, yes! 100% of profits will be going to two very important good causes:

The Trussell Trust supports a nationwide network of food banks, providing emergency food and support to people living in poverty. Astonishingly, that’s more than 14 million people in the UK, including more than 4 million children.

They also campaign to end the structural inequalities in our society which mean that food banks, sadly, are still a necessity in 2020.

Beat is the UK’s eating disorder charity. They carry out invaluable work in helping people who are suffering, one way or another, as a result of often very serious conditions.

Having witnessed first-hand the impact eating disorders can have, it means an enormous amount to me that we’re able to help Beat support others who are struggling.

How did the idea for this come about?

Basically, I was matched with a very nice lady on tinder. I wanted to impress her with my quick wit, so I invited her to send me a subject, which I could turn into a deep and meaningful poem.

She obviously hated it, because I haven’t heard from her since.

How can people reading this interview help?

My brilliant team and I are trying to raise £1,000 through crowdfunding to cover the costs of printing the book.

So far we’ve raised more than £700 in just under a week! People have been really generous, and we’re really grateful for your support.

Once we’ve raised £1,000, any extra money will go to our chosen charities. Of course, 100% of the money raised from selling the book will also be donated to our good causes.

If you’d like to donate, please take a look at our indiegogo fundraising page.

If you can’t donate, which is totally understandable, sharing the link with your friends on social media would be enormously helpful!

Finally, any chance of a sneak preview?

Sure, here’s a poem called The 2019 Cockapoo Calendar Which Still Remains On The Wall In 2020. It was a subject submitted by my friend Louis:

My 2019 calendar
Is very much still on the wall
Next to the door in the kitchen where
Very little has changed at all

The pans are still stacked on the draining board
The washing still out on the line
In the bathroom I’ve still got the radio on
It’s been going a very long time

What explains this unusual state of affairs?
Why is everything still in its place?
Well approximately 18 months ago
Someone shot me in the face

Interview by entertainment reporter Colin Holepunch

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Once a month, we send round the latest news and updates from BTW HQ

If you’ve been to our festival before, you’ll know that the community is such an important part of Beyond The Woods.

It’s the people who make each event such a special weekend, and we’re always trying to come up with ways to help keep you up-to-date with the latest goings on. That’s why we’re really pleased to have launched our new Beyond The Woods email newsletter.

Each month, one of the team will get in touch with updates from the festival. It might be important news, such as advanced notice of ticket sales, or things to know before you set off for the festival.

Equally, we might just want to share some of our favourite memories from past festivals, and there will definitely be opportunities for you to get involved in helping out.

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Liam James Ward

Liam James Ward invites you to come as you are and **** it up to the danciest grunge and the grubbiest indie. He performed for us at 2018’s festival.

The DJ brings house party energy to festivals, club nights and gigs with his heady, hedonistic sets.

Light up inside (in spirit) with the counter-culture. Spill drinks all over the (hypothetical) settee. Forget yourself and dance ’til you’re sweaty in the eclectic sonic surround of the best danceable tunes on the underground scene – and beyond.

Starting out by DJ’ing at university, Liam has been honing his knack for orchestrating carnage ever since.

Whether it’s indie, punk, rock or pop playing on the speakers, a Liam James Ward party holds no bars and leaves for no breaks in your dancing.

His goal is to take you out of the every day and into the house party you’ve been praying someone would put on. It’s a goal that can be realised at your local club night, or in the gaps between bands at the next gig you go to.

Wherever it is, everyone’s invited to party together on the sticky floors: acceptance is required and reckless abandon encouraged in the intoxicating atmosphere of a LJW party.

If it’s fun, it’s allowed in, but expect dance/indie/punk hits from the counter-culture both retro and recent: LCD Soundsystem / Demob Happy / Yeah Yeah Yeahs / Christine and the Queens / HAIM / Pulp / Talking Heads / Sea Girls / Hot Chip / Phoenix / Charli XCX / The Drums / BLOXX / Indoor Pets / The Wombats / Robyn / Inhaler

…and a tonne of your new indie favourites on the up in the underground scene.

Liam is a keen advocate for new acts, and a champion of brilliant new bands. Expect to find more of the musical energy you love with indie/dance/punk tunes delivered straight from the grassroots and onto the communal dancefloor.

For the years that have passed since that first university slot, Liam has made his way into the scene he so champions, playing gigs and club nights in London and mingling with the most exciting new talent around the country.

From night to night, he’s built a following with sweat and bangers as his currency, and has started to ride the wave to bigger venues.

Vigilantes

Championed by BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens & Phil Taggart; Lincoln’s Vigilantes played our festival in 2018.

Championed by BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens & Phil Taggart, Vigilantes have had continued airplay on BBC Radio 1, Radio 6 & the R1 Specialist Show.

Vigilantes are continuing the British tradition of taking American sounds and stuffing it with classic British tone and have been placed on Radio 1’s Best Of BBC Introducing playlist and had repeat airtime on Amazing Radio & Radio X.

Noted by Fresh on the Net’s Tom Robinson as ‘On a mission’, Vigilantes are known as one of the hardest working live bands in the UK circuit.

By putting every fragment of energy into live performance, Vigilantes have deservedly shared stages with the likes of Circa Waves, The Sherlocks and Electric Six and also appeared on BBC Radio 1’s Virtual Big Weekend 2020.

Quotes:
“American influences with British hearts” – Huw Stephens, BBC Radio 1
“There’s good and there’s very good. This is very good” – Phil Taggart, BBC Radio 1

“The power and tightness of the playing. Vigilantes will blow your socks off live” – Tom Robinson, BBC Radio 6, Fresh On The Net

“Powerful Indie rock!” – Elise Cobain, Amazing Radio

“These are very exciting!” – Janice Long, BBC Radio Wales

The Ultraviolet

A four-piece band from Lincolnshire who pride themselves in playing huge, tight and energetic shows – exactly what we were treated to in 2018.

Over the course of 2016, The Ultraviolet have had success with the release of their debut music video ‘Wake Up Dead’ which has resulted in interviews, airplay and live sessions on BBC Introducing shows. This was also accompanied by a UK tour and a bunch of festival shows around the Country, including Mudfest with Scouting For Girls and Goldie Looking Chain.

The band have started 2017 strong with the release of their new EP, ‘The Tales Of Our Youth’, as well as their latest single ‘All I Need Is To Be Needed’ which has also been positively received by the likes of BBC introducing. Since it’s release, they have taken to road to play tours and festivals all across the country.

The band have had the honours of sharing the stage with notable acts such as Lonely The Brave, Hunter & The Bear, Marsicans, Anavae, Amber Run, My Heart Is A Metronome, Grumble Bee and Like Torches.

“They are probably the liveliest band you will ever see live” (BBC Introducing Lincolnshire, 12/11/16)

“Such passion and spirit would not only be amazing with a large, enthusiastic crowd but in fact certainly makes them deserving of one.” (O’Rileys, Hull, 18/02/16)

“They plied considerable megawatts of energy into their performance. Lead singer Ben Thorn danced around the stage, lay down on it, knelt on it, was all over the place but determined to display the mood of what the songs were about.” (The Shed, Leicester, 26/09/16)

© Beyond The Woods Festival 2021