Festival of Sound 2020 was postponed due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. We remained hopeful of running a 2021 event, however this is now looking to be impossible.
FOS2018 was a resounding success, with visitor numbers up 25% on the previous year. Although wider economic circumstances were not favourable for FOS2019, our intention was to invite all audio brands, performers, and music-loving visitors to join us in creating an even better event in 2020 - and then Coronavirus happened to us all.
FROM THE ORGANISERS - 30th JUNE 2021
As you know, the organisers of Festival of Sound, the ground-breaking music and audio show, postponed the 2020 event in the face of ongoing health and economic issues impacting the country as a result of the Coronavirus COVID19 pandemic.
We remained ever hopeful of organising our next event in 2021, however as we passed the Solstice it became clear that the pandemic effects are lingering, event insurance remains impossible, and public health concerns are not yet at a level which would allow our event to move forward.
The concept of Festival of Sound involves mass gatherings of people coming together to experience and enjoy the best in live music and premium audio products. Such gatherings clearly run contrary to official government guidance, and so we once again take the regrettable but absolutely correct decision to postpone the 2021 show, to give the country, the economy and indeed our industry time to recover and find their way forwards.
Given that we were forced to cancel the 2019 event in the wake of wider economic concerns around potential Brexit uncertainty, and the 2020 event due to national lockdowns, this decision remains upsetting for us all. We were hoping to once again deliver a superb experience to our valued visitors.
The consumer audio industry has repeatedly expressed a desire for something different and a break from the usual hi-fi format. Festival of Sound succeeded in this objective, bringing new people and a younger audience into the world of high-end audio - and we remain true to this guiding principle.
Planning has now shifted to FOS2022, once the COVID19 situation has settled, and business and consumer confidence levels return to a healthier state. We are actively monitoring the situation, and will make a decision in due course.
We are committed to the format forged by the Festival of Sound as a music and audio show, bringing together the three Ps of Performance, Production and Playback - taking the visitor on a truly wonderful musical journey.
Thank you to everyone who supported our first six years, from the Headroom™ Show that ran for three years, two instances of the Indulgence Show and of course the Festival of Sound itself.