The 2022 VAULT Festival has been cancelled, it’s been announced.
VAULT Creative Arts have made the gut-wrenching decision to cancel the 2022 VAULT Festival which was due to run 25 January to 20 March.
A statement released today shared: “Since the emergence of the Omicron variant, the team have been exploring options to allow them to deliver the tenth anniversary Festival safely and successfully but all of these were found to put staff and artists at risk.
“This proactive decision has been made in order to prioritise and protect the safety, wellbeing and mental health of the festival’s staff, artists and audiences. This festival would have featured 100s of shows from the UK’s brightest and boldest independent artists and the team’s utmost concern is for those they work with, minimising stress, uncertainty and financial vulnerability.
“With the majority of shows running for one week or less, the implications of isolation for those performers who contract Covid-19 would mean the runs become instantly untenable. VAULT Creative Arts are in touch with all staff, artists and collaborators and are working hard to provide continued support.”
The festival’s directors Andy George and Adam Gray commented: “We have worked non-stop over the past 21 months to recover from the devastation caused by the lost week of 2020’s Festival and the full postponement of 2021. VAULT Festival 2022 was set to be our most exciting Festival to date, marking our tenth anniversary year.
“The challenges posed by Covid-19 have always been at the forefront of our preparations and we’ve undertaken extensive scenario planning in order to be able to deliver a safe, welcoming, and celebratory event that could overcome them. It is therefore with broken hearts that we make this statement.”
VAULT Creative Arts says it will try to minimise the financial impact of the cancellation on artists including waiving and swallowing all venue-related costs while deposits already paid will be returned in full.
Meanwhile audiences will be contacted and offered the option to donate the value of their ticket or receive a refund. Any donated tickets will be split with the artist of that show as per the ticket split in their agreements.
VAULT Creative Arts say they are closely monitoring the situation around Covid-19 and are working to bring live performance in some form to its audiences as soon as it’s possible and safe to do so.