Dear bluegrass friends,
It is with regret and sadness that we have to announce that we are forced to cancel our 2019 festival. Frits and Tineke de Booij, operators of the venue “t Trefpunt” recently informed us that they have decided to start enjoying their retirement starting may 1st of next year and that ‘t Trefpunt will therefore no longer be available to us.
In 2017 it became clear that the city council were in the process of new planning development for the site of venue ‘t Trefpunt as well as the site of the neighbour, and our partner in organising our festival, De Oranjevereniging. A new venue will be built in Voorthuizen for De Oranjevereniging. This will be a venue suitable for European Bluegrass Voorthuizen and our cooperation with De Oranjevereniging is set to continue in the years to come. This development however will take at least two to three years to be finished and will not help us in the coming years.
Of course we still want to enjoy bluegrass in Voorthuizen in the meantime. The building ‘t Trefpunt may be closed, but the grounds of De Oranjevereniging will still be available in 2019. This means we will be able to open the campsite and provide a basic level of catering from the Oranjevereniging building. We therefore plan to organise a three day picking party. A gathering for all to jam, meet, eat, drink and have fun together.
There will be no official program and there will be no payment of fees or travel money. We will however try to keep the payed local gigs (for interested bands or musicians). Staying at the campsite will come with the usual cost of €5,00 per person per night. In addition part of the campsite will be provided with electricity facilities, better and more powerful than we used to have. A spot on this part of the campsite will come with an extra cost of €2,50 per night.
We understand this alternative might not be of interest to some bands traveling from further distances, but still we hope to see many of you to keep the Bluegrass in Voorthuizen alive until the new Venue is up and running! More information will be published on our website and Facebook page as it comes available.
The board of European Bluegrass Voorthuizen