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19 - 22 August 2021, Near Lewes, East Sussex

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Tribal Earth Cancellation Notice

It is with genuine and heartfelt sadness that we have to announce Tribal Earth 2021 will not be going ahead this year as we had hoped. We have been monitoring the government’s position on the running of festivals closely over the past weeks, and the lifting of restrictions by the end of June is unclear and uncertain.

There is a chance that some larger festivals may go ahead in August, however, we have been informed by the local council that to obtain our licence, a very complex and complete Covid contingency policy is required. This includes a Covid testing plan for band members, organisers, voluntary staff, workshop hosts and attendees. Unfortunately, the cost of this provision with the additional monitoring and the security required is too expensive and just not practical for Tribal Earth.

The other issue we have, and the one that has caused many festivals to cancel this year, is that we cannot gain insurance against the cancellation if Covid19 is the core reason. As a voluntary group of organisers we are passionate about keeping Tribal Earth going for many years to come, we therefore cannot risk losing the precious funds that keep it alive. 

We are truly sorry we are having to make this decision, and that we won’t be able to meet and bring this wonderful community back together again this year. We really hope to be back next year and look forward to seeing you then. In the meantime thank you for your continued support of Tribal Earth, stay safe and have a wonderful summer.
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Photo Credit: Lea Spicer


Tribal Earth is organised by a group of dedicated volunteers with profits donated to The Clock Tower Sanctuary supporting homeless young people in Brighton and Hove.

The Clock Tower Sanctuary was established in 1998 by a group of people from local churches who wanted to do something about rising street homelessness. They are still motivated by the values of the founders and remain a community-run organisation, run by paid staff and a strong team of volunteers.

Their mission is to prevent vulnerable young people from becoming part of the long-term homeless population.

Their vision is that all homeless young people are encouraged, supported, challenged and inspired to develop their full potential and transform their lives