ORGANISERS of Jazz Jurassica – one of the first major Lyme Regis events to be affected by the coronavirus pandemic back in May – are now looking ahead to next year’s event.
The annual festival had to be called off in May due to COVID-19 restrictions, but it is hoped the programme can be rescheduled for May 2021 with very few changes.
Organisers say they hope to resume to “something resembling a normal festival” next year, but have put in place a back-up plan in case the pandemic is still affecting large events.
Their ‘Plan B’ is to deliver a COVID compliant festival operating under whatever restrictions are in place at the time, but this will require additional funding due to reduced audience numbers and extra costs.
To cover this, a grant application has been submitted to the Arts Council and organisers hope to find out if they have been successful before Christmas.
Julie Shepherd from Jazz Jurassica said: “This will be the first time we’ve even considered applying for grant funding. In normal times our festival stands on its own two feet financially – but these are not normal times!
“We remain committed to delivering live events and have no plans for a virtual festival. For us, it’s live or bust in 2021.
“We will not be able to provide early bird tickets in time for Christmas as we did last year as we won’t know what format the festival will take that far in advance.
“As you can imagine planning more than a few days ahead at the moment is fraught with uncertainty. I hope you understand and bear with us. Foot to the floor – 2021 – here we come!!
“In the meantime, enjoy all the great music currently being streamed online by artists and from venues which remain open for business.”
You can find out more about Jazz Jurassica at www.jazzjurassica.co.uk