First and foremost we would like to say a big thank you and massive respect to everyone who made Freekuency Festival 2018 happen. It was the best year yet and really took the event to another level, in spite of adverse weather and more attendees than ever before.
We are sorry to announce Freekuency Festival will NOT be happening next year in 2019 for the following reasons:
1. The main reason, is not enough help – The festival is growing at an exponential rate year on year and we feel we cannot cope with the numbers of people arriving. There is an imbalance of people actually willing to get their hands dirty and take on some of the jobs that need doing, and people hearing about it on facebook and just coming because it’s cool, and expect to have a free ride because it’s a free festival. It’s only free if we all pay our dues, do our bit and understand that it’s paid for by everybody. To continue holding Freekuency we are in need of more help with many key roles such as stewarding traffic, parking people safely and responsibly, picking up rubbish and many infrustructure roles.
*We want to take this year out to collect our forces, organise and prepare for an even better 2020 Freekency. Last year we reached an estimated 15,000 people, and the bad weather caused a lot of organisational problems, especially parking.
2. Thieving – People having their tents and vehicles broken into all across the site. Someone tried to steal the land owner’s car and numerous reports of people stealing from the local shops and in the surrounding area. This cannot be tolerated and is nothing short of mindless and disrespectful of the local people who support what we are trying to do. We have kept the festival legal without security for 11 years, and we would like to continue to do so. But it means: A) don’t be a THIEF/ no ser LADRAO/ no ROBAR; and B) that everyone should take part in our safety, by keeping an eye out and stopping anything bad they see, or contacting the organisers (via stewards, gate world staff, medical staff)
3. Graffiti – As much we love autonomous art and freedom of expression, we have to draw the line somewhere and tagging is NOT art, and harms the festival. Last year the municipal water lorry (leant to us for free) was tagged, and makes it more difficult for obtaining a license and keeping the support of the town to continue being a LEGAL FREE FESTIVAL. (not a rave or freeparty)
*Also the generators, which are hugely expensive pieces of equipment and we(the people who organise it and pay for it) in the end have to pay the bill to have them re-painted. Tagging the historic bridge and the neighbours house was also inexcusable. If you want to paint on something, just ask one of the crew and we can provide you with numerous items that you can paint up as you so wish, and help create the festival art, not destruction.
4. Dogs – Last year, in our license, we had to enact a plan for dogs, because it hasn’t changed enough over the last few years. We have had dogs killing sheep (paid for by us), a young child bitten (by a family, non-violent dog), and the risk of losing our license because of dogs. We need every dog owner to be responsible at ALL TIMES. The event plan we gave them includes all dangerous races of dog having muzzles, as well as all dogs on leads at all times. It’s better not to bring your dog. We need your cooperation to make this happen, and without it Freekuency may not be able to continue.
So, we are really sad to say that Freekuency will not be on in 2019, and maybe come April we’ll probably be wishing we were there too, but it will be nice for us to have a break and come back in 2020 fully refreshed and ready to go.
We will be holding a few Freekuency Association events, so watch out for them, and step up and get involved! Let’s make this better than ever. Take care everyone and we’ll see you all soon.
Freekuency Crew

First and foremost we would like to say a big thank you and massive respect to everyone who made Freekuency Festival 2018 happen. It was the best year yet and really took the event to another level, in spite of adverse weather and more attendees than ever before.

We are sorry to announce Freekuency Festival will NOT be happening next year in 2019 for the following reasons:

1. The main reason, is not enough help – The festival is growing at an exponential rate year on year and we feel we cannot cope with the numbers of people arriving. There is an imbalance of people actually willing to get their hands dirty and take on some of the jobs that need doing, and people hearing about it on facebook and just coming because it’s cool, and expect to have a free ride because it’s a free festival. It’s only free if we all pay our dues, do our bit and understand that it’s paid for by everybody. To continue holding Freekuency we are in need of more help with many key roles such as stewarding traffic, parking people safely and responsibly, picking up rubbish and many infrustructure roles.

*We want to take this year out to collect our forces, organise and prepare for an even better 2020 Freekency. Last year we reached an estimated 15,000 people, and the bad weather caused a lot of organisational problems, especially parking.

2. Thieving – People having their tents and vehicles broken into all across the site. Someone tried to steal the land owner’s car and numerous reports of people stealing from the local shops and in the surrounding area. This cannot be tolerated and is nothing short of mindless and disrespectful of the local people who support what we are trying to do. We have kept the festival legal without security for 11 years, and we would like to continue to do so. But it means: A) don’t be a THIEF/ no ser LADRAO/ no ROBAR; and B) that everyone should take part in our safety, by keeping an eye out and stopping anything bad they see, or contacting the organisers (via stewards, gate world staff, medical staff)

3. Graffiti – As much we love autonomous art and freedom of expression, we have to draw the line somewhere and tagging is NOT art, and harms the festival. Last year the municipal water lorry (leant to us for free) was tagged, and makes it more difficult for obtaining a license and keeping the support of the town to continue being a LEGAL FREE FESTIVAL. (not a rave or freeparty)
*Also the generators, which are hugely expensive pieces of equipment and we(the people who organise it and pay for it) in the end have to pay the bill to have them re-painted. Tagging the historic bridge and the neighbours house was also inexcusable. If you want to paint on something, just ask one of the crew and we can provide you with numerous items that you can paint up as you so wish, and help create the festival art, not destruction.

4. Dogs – Last year, in our license, we had to enact a plan for dogs, because it hasn’t changed enough over the last few years. We have had dogs killing sheep (paid for by us), a young child bitten (by a family, non-violent dog), and the risk of losing our license because of dogs. We need every dog owner to be responsible at ALL TIMES. The event plan we gave them includes all dangerous races of dog having muzzles, as well as all dogs on leads at all times. It’s better not to bring your dog. We need your cooperation to make this happen, and without it Freekuency may not be able to continue.
So,

we are really sad to say that Freekuency will not be on in 2019, and maybe come April we’ll probably be wishing we were there too, but it will be nice for us to have a break and come back in 2020 fully refreshed and ready to go.
We will be holding a few Freekuency Association events, so watch out for them, and step up and get involved! Let’s make this better than ever. Take care everyone and we’ll see you all soon.

Freekuency Crew

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