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Dear Friends

This has been such a difficult time for everyone, and we hope you are all coping with lockdown. Sadly, we have had to make the decision to postpone the festival this year and reschedule for July 2021. We were holding off announcing this because we had hoped to offer an alternative date later this year.

However, with the current guidelines for large gatherings still unlikely to change for the foreseeable future, we have taken this decision to ensure the safety of our audiences, artists and volunteers, which is and always will be of paramount importance.

We will have the same great line-up at Hopton Court in July 2021.  All our artists have added the dates to their diaries and look forward to enthralling you at our brand-new site at Hopton Court near Cleobury Mortimer.  As always, FatE will take place on the third weekend in July – 16th  to 18th and we will be contacting all those who have purchased tickets.

As you will appreciate, these are precarious times for festivals, and in order to protect the future of FatE we hope that if you have already purchased tickets you will be happy to carry them forward to next year and join us on site for a great weekend. Your tickets will be transferred to the 2021 dates and the festival will send you confirmation of this.

We must thank those of you who have already been in touch to do this unprompted.

However, we understand these are difficult times for everyone, so for those of you requiring a refund (less the booking fee), please contact us by 19th June 2020.  If we have not heard from you by this date we will confirm the transfer of your tickets to the 2021 dates and look forward to seeing you next year.

Also, huge appreciation to those festivalgoers who have offered to donate their tickets to help the festival.  In these uncertain times, and without any government funding, we cannot thank you enough for these truly generous acts.

Meanwhile keep your eyes on our Facebook page, group, and web site. We have planned a special virtual event for you on what would have been our festival weekend.  Last year we had a Virtual FatE – little dreaming this would be a precursor for what was to happen this year.

Please stay safe and well. Next year we will have a real hooley…

Best wishes and thanks for your understanding and support, The FatE Organising Committee

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