Call of the Wild Festival details plans for 2020, announce crowdfunding initiative

The Call of the Wild team would like to thank everyone for showing their support through these very challenging times. In the grand scale of things, will there or won’t there be a Call of the Wild Festival this year has not always been at the forefront of the thoughts of many and would like to extend their gratitude for all the words of support over the last few months.

The team, like everyone else, tended to their family needs and their safety, and were always looking carefully at how they can put themselves in the best possible position to bring you a great outdoor festival. Even back in March when all this started and we were all learning about the virus and the R rate, a plan was forming. The key to anything happening was the reduction in the R Rate and thankfully it has dropped to a point where lockdown restrictions have largely relaxed. Based on how things are at present and hoping that it improves weekly, organisers are taking a positive outlook and are now willing to continue to promote the event as going to happen in September.

At this point we have everything in place to help us adhere to Government guidelines on social distancing & procedures in place to help minimise the risk of infection or spreading COVID-19 at Call of the Wild Festival in September.

The organisers are also keen to emphasise that if the government review their advice leading to rules being changed, the event may be postponed until May 2021.

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From the start of this crisis the organisers have been in constant communication with the Showground CEO and her experienced team and have sought advice from many health agencies and professionals.

To that end, in order to minimise the risk of infection and to ensure a stringent adherence to government guidelines, there has been a reduction to a two stage fully outdoor event. This has meant a slight line-up shuffle but in most cases it’s bands that are unable to attend due to their other touring schedules collapsing, leaving them no option but to make financially secure decisions for the long term benefit of their band. What it means is those unable to perform in September will roll over to May 2021.

Festival director, Raz White comments:

I’m really proud of what we’ve achieved to date, although challenging, we firmly believe that we can present a safe festival, adhering to government recommendations whilst still retaining the friendly festival atmosphere. Everyone is desperate to deliver, from the staff to the bands, it’s what we do and now we just want to let the music do the talking.

Call of the Wild Festival will take significant measures to maximise your safety while attending the event. Some of these measures will include every person from directors, crew, traders, musicians and ticket holders to comply with a brief questionnaire and temperature check. A one way system will be in operation in and around the arena. Social distancing at trade stalls and large open air bar areas. The area in front of stages will be in rows with rope guidelines and marked out spacing as a guide for safe 1m+ social distancing.

These areas will be monitored by stewards and security. Numerous hand sanitising areas will be available throughout the arena, toilets and campsite as well as full-time cleaning team sanitising toilets on a regular basis. Face masks will be compulsory directly in front of stages.

Call of the Wild would like to apologise for any inconvenience this may cause but they stand united in the belief they are bringing you a great festival and hope there is understanding and compassion from their most loyal supporters.

Today, Call of the Wild have also revealed their crowdfunding “Pay it Forward” initiative to ensure the future of the festival for year three in 2021 and beyond. With their reasoning laid bare in full, there’s a great range of rewards you can get for your hard-earned cash, all at reasonable prices and many of which we quite fancy for ourselves, these include:

  • Stage sponsorship with your name on a stage plaque and the festival program
  • Limited edition t-shirt
  • An exclusive gig (comes with a t-shirt and line-up on the back!)
  • Tote bag bundle – the 2020 festival t-shirt, festival pint cup, face mask and surprise gift
  • Super earlybird ticket for 2021
  • A chance to be part of the team for the day as stage crew or artist liaison
  • Ticket for life – lifetime entry to the festival from 2021
  • A warm, fuzzy feeling for keeping an independent festival alive

That last one isn’t listed but we can guarantee that no matter what option you plump for, that one will come with it, free of charge.

Call of the Wild’s second cycle now takes place between 17th-20th September 2020 at the Lincolnshire Showground, Grange-de-Lings, Lincoln LN2 2NA: a fantastic 3 days of fun with top-flight live music and full festival experience.

Tickets can be purchased here.

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