Latest update from Blissfields:
Good luck everybody running the London Marathon today, including our own big beats bus conductor and long time friend of the festival, ØNLY. You can drop donations via his Just Giving page at http://bit.ly/2JiJEgP – so if you’ve ever found yourself tearing up the night sky at the Blisscotheque in the past, drop a quid or two in recognition there today.
Warmth and hugs to all the Blissfields family who swapped tickets to Camp Bestival we hope you had a wonderful first two days to the weekend at least, and you get home dry soon.
Love to the fantastic Camp Bestival / Bestival crew as well, can't believe the bad luck you've had! We hope it dries up soon and next weekend is unbroken sun xx ...
We swapped our blissfields tickets and had a fabulous first few days (although we still really missed blissfields). The weather was a shame but we do live in England!) but we weren't going to let it spoil the amazing experiences we had had. Thanks Blissfields for the opportunity to experience Camp Bestival 😀❤🍹🍻☀️🌧⛺ xxx
Shame about today, we can’t wait for next week.
If you bought a ticket to Blisscamp 2018 please check your inbox now for information of a LIKE FOR LIKE swap on all weekend and day tickets to either Camp Bestival or Bestival!
The lovely team behind the events have made an amazing offer for you to attend one of their wonderful weekends after we had to sadly cancel.
It's an unmissable offer if you are able to make one of the dates! Of course if you don't want to swap we will still be making a full refund.
If you hadn't bought a ticket to Blisscamp please look away! ...
Steve Katerina I wonder if you contact bliss they maybe be able to help.
Bryony Ruth :O
What about bands who had been offered full weekend tickets for performing who have now been cancelled? Will they get Bestival tickets as well?
Thank you Blissfields , this offer of a ticket swap is a great gesture. However it came to late for us, we purchased Bestival tickets on Monday morning before receiving your email and are unable to cancel. I hope this isn’t the end of Blissfields and that you come back it’s a bang 😁
Gemma 'Crascall' Broster Daniel Broster
That’s an amazing swop! Well done Blissfields!!! ❤️ (I’ve changed my email but have emailed you from the new one asking you to update it, hopefully I will still get one!) ✌🏼❤️🌈
We’re loving this offer
Haven't had an email yet, will it be coming soon? This is amazing news! (If I can persuade the hubby) 😎
Nice 1 Blissfields! 😁👍😁👍😁
Never received this email!?!
Neither are a patch on Blissfields Festival 😥
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It’s with tremendous sadness that we have to announce the gates to our odd little corner of Hampshire will unfortunately not be opening this July. Blisscamp 2018 shall not be going ahead.
We’ve been on quite the journey together. 18 years ago we invited some friends to a party in our back garden, and from there we’ve somehow grown into an award-winning small festival.
We’ve done things we’re tremendously proud of. We’ve seen performances that have changed our lives. We’ve made some of the greatest friends we could have ever dreamed to meet.
We’ve built a family.
A huge part of everything we’ve achieved has been down to you. Whether you dropped by just once, or have seen the sun rise over the Hidden Hedge with us more times than you care to admit - our hearts, and our arms, and well just about everything else are open to you. We love you. We will miss you.
We have always been an independent festival. We have always run Blissfields as a family, in our own DIY way. That’s allowed us to take risks, and do things a bit differently to other festivals. But that’s also been a hard tractor to keep moving - emotionally and financially. We’ve seen the festival industry in our 18 years blossom and change into what it is now. With so many other events for you to pick from, with rising costs of booking artists, with the music industry changing and the dimming light of music press and media… it’s gotten harder and harder each year to produce and promote the show we want.
We were happy to have existed in such a wonderful time of the quirky English festival as we did. In the last twenty years the UK has become a pioneer of festivals, the envy of the world over, setting a benchmark for quality and quantity. We’re glad to have been part of the mayhem. As part of that tapestry we’ve helped bring people together, offered first steps into the industry for some of our crew, helped break emerging artists, and offer you early performances to what are now household names. We’ve had some tremendous reviews, watched thousands of hours of your videos and even picked up the odd award. Above all though, we hope we’ve given you some good memories.
In 2018 we wanted to strip it all back, and reinvent what we were doing in a new, unfiltered way. While everybody else was going big, in effect we were going “home.” We wanted to build something completely individual - boiling all the best bits of those 17 years into a micro-festival the likes of which nobody had ever seen... and then stick a huge fire in the middle of it all. We didn’t want to just rest on our laurels, rather continue to challenge and intrigue you. We wanted to take Blissfields back to its roots.
Sadly though it seems that’s not what the public wanted - at least not enough for us to go ahead with Blisscamp this year. As not enough tickets are sold for us to start finalising and building the festival, we have had to make the call to cancel.
It was not a decision we made lightly, and it’s one that fills our hearts with such sadness we can barely begin to even put a pinch of how we feel into this message.
So many of you have supported us, and we’re sorry that we’ve not been able to bring you a party this summer. Your tickets for Blisscamp will be refunded once we sort out the details on our end - so please just bear with us, but rest assured that your ticket money is safe. We will be sending out a further email later this week covering the refunding of the tickets. Thank you to all of you who bought tickets this year and believed in what we were creating.
In the future if we feel that there is a place for our individual style of entertainment to make a return, then who knows - maybe there’s a “to be continued” written in the stars over our ride into the sunset. If the tide changes back to more immersive camping festivals, maybe you’ll see our hats poke back above the horizon.
Thank you for 18 years.
Please continue to support your local bands, your local venues, local press and festivals. These are difficult times with a lot against us. Don’t take anything or anyone for granted. Never settle. Fight for what you believe in. Without independent promoters and thinkers the entire music industry will fall apart or turn into one homogenised mess. Keep the UK festival scene the strongest in the world. And keep supporting Hampshire.
Thanks to everybody that’s been part of it all - for your time, creativity, sacrifices and endless dedication. We wish you the greatest luck in all your future adventures.
And thanks to whoever’s upstairs that we pretty much always had nice weather. That was a bonus.
Have a great summer.
Melanie, Paul and the whole Blissfields family. ...
Big Love Blissfields Family I have been around as punter or Crew for, well a long time always the highlight of my Festival year Thanks for all the great times xxxx
You put so much effort into this festival, I'm so sorry to hear that you need to cancel this year. Blissfields holds many happy memories for me. I've made many good friends over the years, some of which are now my favourite people in the world. I truly hope that this isn't the end for you guys. Love to you both, Paul and Melanie xx
So beautifully scripted... We have collective heavy hearts for you.. The blissfield family and for that very lovely, cosy, imaginative, amazing jamboree... Packed into a festival. X
I’m so sad to read this, I truly am. Sitting on the bus on my way to work on a sunny day with a lump in my throat. Many happy memories were made at your gorgeous festival with my two kids, family and friends. This summer just won’t be the same 😢 Please come back, we will all miss you so much. Thank you for the fun, it’s been the best, or in my kids words ... epic ♥️
A huge ‘Well done’ for all you’ve achieved. My little festival ‘ToneFest’ came to an end last year after 7 wonderful festivals and £25,000 raised for The Youth Cancer Trust for similar reasons. I know the feeling of trying to organise an event when the majority wait until the last minute to buy their tickets. I find it funny that in 2010 with a little lad called Ed Sheehan on the bill (booked for £100!), we had to cancel because we couldn’t sell enough tickets! It’s a crazy business. Be proud of what an amazing festival you created, it was an awesome event. Enjoy the rest. Tony ❤️✌🏻
So sad, but u guys should be very proud of what u have achieved running a beautiful festival independently for 18 years! Xx
Very sad news. I feel extremely lucky to have been involved over the years. My children have grown up in the love of the blissfields family. Many thanks much love and big hugs. Xx
I'm so sorry, I don't understand - you were one of the best. Heartbroken. No idea how I'll break this to the kids, they'll be so upset. Thank you so much for everything. xxx
So very sorry to hear this news. I've had some of the best times ever in the fields of Bliss; watched some amazing performances and met many beautiful people. Thank you Mel and Paul, I loved being part of the Blissfields family xxx
Such sad news and my thoughts are with you all as I know this decision will have been taken with such a heavy heart ☹️ As a member of Angel Gardens crew I have always felt Blissfields was the special one. The understanding of each other, the common aims and goals, the respect held on both sides made it so different to anywhere else. Will be sadly, sadly missed. But, atleast the last 18 years happened and the pleasure you have given to so many people over so many years should never be forgotten, thankyou for so much. Xx
Blissfields holds a very special place in my heart! We have been the last 6 years: in 2016 I attended when 36 weeks pregnant, last year it was my then 1 year old daughters first festival AND we had my sisters wedding reception last year at Blissfields as we came straight from her wedding! We are SO sad about this news. It’s been fabulous!! Thanks so much for the memories x 😢
I am so sorry to read your sad news, even though I only came a few times, I have always told as many people as possible about your lovely little festival. But I do understand times are getting much harder. I would however like to thank you for giving me the opportunity to be part of Blissfields. Sending you all a massive hug and love to you all. xxx
This festival has given me so much more than just the music. I have met so many wonderful people through you guys and for that alone I will be forever grateful. Sad day and love to you all xx
So sorry that you have had to make this decision. Me and mine have many many fabulous memories of working this great festival! You were a one off because of the family feel (especially for the workers!) and you will be sadly missed in our world!! Much love to you all. Xxxx
So sad but thanks all for some great times!!!! Well done to all involved for making it a fantastic festival. You must be gutted.
Absolutely gutted, blissfields as been a wonderful experience for me. I am so sorry Melanie Bliss and Paul Bliss, you have been so kind to me and welcomed me as part of your family the past two years. All the best for the future. Xxx
I only knew you for two of the last 18 years, but if those two were anything to go by, I shall be investing whatever savings I have into the development of a working time machine so that I can come and revisit you at every opportunity. Too many special memories for me to list here, that little picturesque pocket of Hampshire is indeed a magical place. Sending you massive love and hugs xx
Thank you Paul , Melanie, Paul P Diddy and Andrew for making our wedding day - our Blissing day. We will never ever forget the generosity of spirt and the kind hearted nature of the Blissfield family. Martin and I wish you the very best for the future xxx
Absolutely heartbroken 💔 Blissfields is so unlike any other festival. Thank you Paul and Mel for letting me be part of the Blissfields family and thank you for over ten years of amazing memories. Lots of love to all Blissfielders. Amy (Inder!) xxx
We refuse to accept this.
Sorry to hear this news. Done two Blissfields and both have been excellent. If you don't mind me saying thus years advertising was a little confusing and it made me think that it was more like a private party by invitation only...hoping this is constructive feed back 😎
Noooooooooooo!! This is such sad news. Blissfields is the Spice of Life. Big Hugs Team Bliss, this couldn’t of came easy. Wish there was something we could do to help. Thank You for every bit of magic Blissfields injected into mine and my children’s lifes over the years, you have really made a difference in more ways than you would ever know. Love You All 🌈
For me Blissfields has always been a gorgeously innovative sparkling gem in an increasingly formulaic, corporation owned, UK festival season. It's sparkling presence will be sorely missed by Shhh! crew, for many of who, myself included, it has been a wonderfully positive character building experience and a creative inspiration. Lashings of land pirate love to you all, thanks for all the thrilling voyages into Bliss of the summers gone by. Enjoy a stress free summer to the max this year - you've earned the hell out of it!✊x a
Love you all 😘😘😘
Very sad to hear this, the music industry is becoming more monopolistic by the day and it's becoming extremely difficult for independent festivals to survive, sad state of affairs, I hope this changes in the near future and independents can shine again..
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