When you've felt the full force of the sea; crashing through continuous waves that batter your body first and slowly disorientate your mind, one minute there's solid sand beneath your feet, then the next it's gone, and you need every ounce of energy to push yourself onto the calmer waters you see ahead. You dig deep and swim as hard as you can to arrive in that calm peaceful part of the sea. You look up at the bluest sky and feel a moment of tranquility, almost nirvana. Your eyes are still a little stingy from the salt but it's a small price to pay to overcome such a momentous challenge. You take a deep breath and look back to shore where all your friends are cheering you for successfully overcoming that exhausting challenge. You take a deep breath and feel great to be alive.
Then you see your friends' body language change. The happy cheers now sound like panic and they're pointing hard to something behind you. You quickly spin around and stare in utter disbelief as the wave racing towards you seems to touch the sky. The sea is black and only the darkest shadow looms over you and you know that no matter how hard you swim into this one, all the fighting and screaming won't save you… this one is taking you under
It has been a hell of a journey and we have fought tooth and nail to bring Call of the Wild Festival to life in 2020. We all needed it, right? But, sadly, the most recent developments have now forced our hand to postpone Call of the Wild Festival to May 2021
Some may say we were foolish to even try and go ahead in September. But many more were right by our side as we faced and overcame the many challenges that arose from this pandemic.
The sudden concern of a second wave and with Reckless Love, as much as they desperately want to come to the festival, are not permitted to fly from Finland to the UK. Several other bands on the bill are now also unable to attend due to local lockdowns in their area. There is increasing fear by many of our most loyal supporters who feel they still must keep themselves in a very safe environment, and we fully respect and endorse that choice.
Everyone's health and safety is paramount in all of our decisions as we try to navigate COVID-19 and the many issues we face daily are subject to change imminently.
We sincerely apologise to everyone we have disappointed. We hope you can accept and fully understand our decision at this late stage.
We are still swimming hard against the current and we are by no means finished fighting… Call of the Wild Festival 2021 (or COTW 2in1 as we've affectionately called it) will be between 20 - 23 May. We have added a full additional day that everyone who holds onto their 2020 weekend tickets can attend (no extra cost to you).
We are also absolutely delighted to confirm that Ricky Warwick and The Fighting Hearts will headline the new SOUTHALL LAWLESS Stage on Friday night & Tigertailz will headline it on Saturday night. This stage is identical to our Kilmister stage and they will now sit side by side.
On top of the many other new bands that we will announce within our full line up on Friday 14th August we are so damned excited to announce right now that Swedish rockers Junkyard Drive will perform on our Thursday.
Tickets will freeze today.... with the 2021 tickets going on sale on Friday. If you already have your ticket and wish to come in May, then you don't need to do anything.
Earlybird 2021 - Full weekend: Friday-Sunday £79
Thursday Bolt on - £30
VIP upgrade - £40 (only 50 available due to earlier allocation Sold Out)
Payment Plan for Tickets & Hotel packages will also be available from Friday.
Full refunds will be honoured between Monday 17th August to 31st August. It is imperative that if you require a refund that you request it within this period.
All refunds will be processed within 30 days from the request deadline date.
We understand that with so much going on that it's not always easy to grasp the information so we have FAQs below that will hopefully cover everything you need to know.
Please think carefully before you decide to ask for a refund. As much as you're helping us tread water in rocky seas, the added incentive to hold on to your booking for 2021 is so worth it!
I don't have a ticket but I'm definitely coming in May. What do I need to know?
Tickets for COTW 2021 will go on sale on Friday 14th August 2020 at 10am. They start at the Earlybird price of £79 for the weekend pass (Fri-Sun) and this includes FREE Camping & Car Parking. Camper Vans and Caravans are also welcome & for an additional fee can be connected to an electricity supply. Kids under 10 years old go free! There is also a Motorcycles only "Camp next to Bike" area in 2021.
Earlybird tickets will end on 30th September and do NOT include Thursday entry.
Thursday is an additional free day for 2020 weekend ticket holders. However, a bolt on can be purchased on top of 2021 weekend pass for the small cost of £30. Thursday starts at 6pm.
Those who have VIP upgrade can enter the arena from 2pm Thursday. There will be bands from 2.30pm - 5pm and the FREE drinks party hosted by Motörhead Beer & Cloven Hoof.
200 VIP upgrades have already sold in 2020 so we now only have 50 places to sell. The cost to upgrade is £40.
So, I'm in for this 100%. When can I arrive to pitch up?
VIP can arrive from 11am on Thursday morning. This will be strictly monitored & only those with VIP upgrades will be allowed entry at 11am.
Camp site opens at 4pm for all others who have a Thursday+Weekend pass.
What if I just want to attend Thursday?
You can come on Thursday if you so choose. Just buy the Thursday ticket priced £30. Entry from 6pm. Car parking is FREE but this will NOT include camping.
I bought a bundle via Pay It Forward campaign. What happens now?
We will be cancelling this campaign for the moment and no money will be charged. If any money has been taken from your account it will be refunded immediately by Crowdfunder.
My kids are over 10 years old, so how much?
You will find every ticket price and package you need at www.gigantic.com
FULL FAQ CAN BE FOUND AT WWW.CALLOFTHEWILDFESTIVAL.COM
We hope to see you all very soon. Stay safe. Be kind to one another. Keep the faith!
Raz White. Dave O Hara. Lee Byrne
Directors of Call of the Wild Festival Limited
STATEMENT FROM JAYNE SOUTHALL, LINCOLNSHIRE SHOWGROUND CEO;
“The team at the Lincolnshire Showground fully understand the reasoning behind the decision to cancel the Call of The Wild Festival until 2021.
We have seen first hand how hard Dave,Raz and the team have worked to make this happen.
They had taken into account all the guidance issued due to Covid19 in their planning . The health and safety of the attendees,artists and staff has been their number one priority throughout.
I know they are devastated by this decision but in such uncertain times they were left with zero options, we look forward to welcoming them back in 2021.”