So the time has FINALLY come to give you a proper update.
After President Ramaphosa’s last address, we are in a much better position to make an informed decision on all things Smalltown Beat. That being said, after careful consideration and understanding the implications of the new regulations, we believe it is best to stick with our current outlook – postponing the full-scale Smalltown Beat to 2021.
The regulations currently stipulate that the largest social gathering possible is 500 people. We will therefore be running a Smaller-town Beat in November under those guidelines. With the extremely limited capacity, the ticketing for the event will operate slightly differently.
We have a big Smalltown family, including the collectives & production teams that very much are the backbone of this project. They are also the people who have been hit hardest by the halting of the events industry and we want to accommodate them first. If we still have space available after that, we will open up tickets to all who attended Smalltown Beat in 2018 & 2019. This isn’t an easy decision to make, we’d love to have everyone on the river banks again, but feel this approach is the most fair. We also want to show our appreciation to those that make Smalltown Beat what it is.
We are, as always, committed to putting on the best show we possibly can and while we can imagine this isn’t the news you’ve been waiting for, we do believe it is the best way forward for everyone involved. We will be hard at work making sure that come 2021 – it will be well worth the wait.
The good news is that with the current outlook we feel very confident that we will be able to move forward with an event in the first half of 2021. A little ‘catch-up’ event if you will. Something we’re all in desperate need of.
For those that bought tickets to the 2020 edition – if you would like a refund please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org – however, if you can hold off, it would be a great help to us and your 2020 ticket will be valid at our first event in 2021.
2020 has been nuts, but it seems, we’re at least nearing the light at the end of the tunnel. We wish we could be at Riversend with all of you, but for now all we can wish is that you come through this year happy, healthy and ready to rave in 2021.
A wiseman once professed,”Tough times never last, only tough people last.” These are tough times indeed. We’ve all lost something, big or small. If anything we need to come together and temporarily escape this madness, now more than ever.
With that in mind we’ve created something to remind us of how things used to be and how they will be again. The 2019 edition far exceeded our expectations. The experience of a lifetime. We feel an immense gratitude to everyone who took part and made it the spectacle it was. Your support inspires us to no end and we’re incredibly excited for what the future holds.
Until next time
Mayors of Smalltown
Footage: Rudolph de Girardier
Edit: Brendan Feely.