Current socially distant event proposal to be determined by gov policy. Current outline below:



Stendhal Festival Presents: Unlocked. A socially different series of Music Festivals (Lastest Update June 30, 2020)

Thank you for interest in Stendhal Festival Presents: Unlocked, Northern Ireland’s first series of  socially distant music festivals.

It is with great disappointment that we cannot hold Stendhal Festival as normal this year, but we are also very pleased to be able to offer you the opportunity to join us in some capacity this summer.

Things are changing for everyone on a daily basis so please bear in mind that as the days pass until August we hope that some of the measures required to run Stendhal Festival Presents: Unlocked may be unnecessary by then. Any and all updates to the terms and conditions for entry will be highlighted on our website and social media channels and also emailed to all ticket holders as and when they occur.

Please note that Stendhal Festival Presents: Unlocked is entirely subject to lockdown restrictions on the dates of the proposed events.

Stendhal Festival places public health at the very top of its priority list and will not run if it poses any risk to public health in August.

The basics.

Unlocked will take place on the following dates;
August 21-22

August 28 – 29

Three additional dates may be scheduled based on demand and will be announced as soon as possible.


All ticket holders for Stendhal Festival 2020 will have received an email offering the opportunity to either; Get fully refunded for the 2020 event, roll their 2020 ticket over to Stendhal 2021 or exchange their Stendhal 2020 ticket for a Stendhal Festival’s Socially Distanced Event ticket for 2020.

If you are a Stendhal 2020 ticket holder who did not receive this email please contact

This event will only be able to accommodate a very limited number of patrons.

We hope to be able to welcome between 500 and 1000 people to Ballymully Cottage Farm come August but initially only 250 tickets for each of the three aforementioned events will be released.

More will be released as we proceed.

Ticket types will include weekend camping and weekend non-camping and can be purchased by patrons aged 21 and over.

No family tickets will be released for this event currently. We aim to explore a separate Family event. (please see below for further explanation).

No single day tickets will be released.

No campervan/caravan tickets will be released initially – we will continue to monitor how we can accommodate motor homes in the coming weeks.

Each camping ticket will be accompanied by a pre-booked 8mx8m camping plot.

Please note that any single purchased ticket is for one weekend event only.


There will be an allowance of 500 – 1000 people per event dependent on guidance in August. We are currently working in the hope that we will be allowed 500.

The Republic of Ireland have stated that they will be allowing gatherings of 500 people outdoors from July 20th. This gives us great hope that something similar can be agreeed in Northern Ireland for around the same time.

Festival site

The festival site will consist of 25 acres .

The site will include one general campsite.

One Main Festival arena in Karma Valley.

Social distancing measures will be in place throughout the site, from entry search to campsites, festival arenas, toilets and food vendors.

A multitude of sanitizing stations and water points to wash your hands will be available.


All camp plots will measure 8mx8m

Camp plots are strictly for 2 people from the same household or social support bubble per plot. (This will be under constant review).

Due to nature of being able to pre-book plots – you may wish to book tickets at the same time as others from different households to ensure you can book plots beside each other.


Minimum of 3 stages

Mimimum of 50 performances across 2 days

Line-up for each event will be different for the most part.

Line-up announcements for event 1 will be on Friday July 3

Line-up annoucnemenst for subsequent events will occur throughout July

Enforced changes due to covid 19.

Age restrictions

Unfortunately due to the pandemic we have had to make a very difficult call on children attending this event.

As parents ourselves we know first hand how difficult it has been to explain the current situation to our kids. We have also experienced how difficult it can be to get them to always remember about social distancing.

We believe that it would be very difficult to ensure that children adhere to social distancing practices in a festival setting, particularly as it would be potentially the biggest wide-open space for them to play in months.

We are only doing this to ensure the health and safety of everyone and rest assured that this will not become common practice at Stendhal festival, families and kids play a massive, massive part in what makes Stendhal Festival so special and it pains us greatly to have to implement these measures for Stendhal Festival’s Socially Distanced Event.

Therefore, this event will operate a strictly over 21s policy.

Social distancing

All patrons, staff and performers will be expected to respect social distancing measures and adhere to the current 1m rule.

Areas around the site will be marked so that social distancing can be adhered to easily and safely.

Alcohol allowances

Social distancing while inebriated is difficult.

In order to ensure that social distancing is maintained we must do everything within our power to ensure that patrons are capable of abiding by the measures in place.

As a result we are proposing that each patron is provided with a daily alcohol limit of 6- 8 drinks per person.

This means that all alcohol must be procured on site and no patrons may bring in a supply of their own alcohol.

We will not price gouge on drinks procured on site.

Each Patron will receive a daily allowance ticket upon entry, which can be exchanged with payment for daily drinks tokens.


If you have covid-symptoms on the day of the event – do not travel to the event.

Thermal temperature checking machines will be installed at the entry point.

If anyone has a temperature that can be considered abnormal or in line with fever – that patron and the person the travelled with will not be granted access to the site.

If a patrons starts to show symptoms of covid on site there will be medical isolation huts to go to and get checked over.

If it turns out a patron tests positive for covid-19 at the event, we will contact the person they are sharing a tent with and check them for symptoms.

Both Patrons will be asked to leave the site.

If a patrons condition means that they are too unwell to leave the site under their own power, our medical team can transport them home.

Medical personnel will be in attendance to deal with any and all medical issues as normal.


Toilet hygiene measures are incredibly important therefore we are proposing the following.

Please bring your own toilet paper.

There will be one queue for all toilet banks.

Patrons at the front of the queue will be directed to which toilet is free having been cleaned following previous use.

Once a toilet has been used, it will be sprayed with suitable sanitizer and allowed to sit for approx. 1minute before it can be used again.

This means that we can ensure that all toilets will be sanitized after all uses as long as patrons can respect the new queuing systems.

Thank you

We understand that all these new measures are not what anyone wants to see. However, if everyone can abide by them and respect them, we can, for the first time in months, gather together to celebrate music, friendship and hopefully some form of normality.

We hope to see you in August

Company Info

Stendhal Festival Limited Reg Office: Northern Ireland Company No. 618737 Contact Number: 07936783420

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