Meakusma Weekend 2021
Due to the ongoing uncertainty caused by the global Covid-19 pandemic, we have decided to again
cancel the Meakusma Festival 2021 and organise a replacement event called the Meakusma Weekend, much like we did in 2020. We will therefore fully reimburse all purchased tickets that people transferred from 2020 to 2021. The reimbursing process is easy and requires no input from ticket holders. The alternative version to the festival, the Meakusma Weekend, is a smaller and cheaper event. The ticket price for a normal Meakusma Festival does not correspond with what the Meakusma Weekend will offer. Reimbursing tickets is thus for us the most honest option. Tickets for the Meakusma Weekend will become available in due time and we will announce their availability through our social media channels and the press.
Calling our 2021 event the Meakusma Weekend intends to mark the difference with what the Meakusma Festival stands for. The weekend will have a slightly improvised nature as a direct consequence of the current pandemic. It does not compare to the festival, although that does not mean we intend to offer less quality. The Meakusma Weekend is smaller in scope, it will take place in an empty shopping mall right next to the Eupen train station and it will only offer a day program with mainly concerts. There will be different rooms used for the weekend with enough space for people to still keep distance in case social distancing will still be required in September 2021. Only offering a day program will also imply that people can still take the last train home from the train station next door. The shopping mall has an open air parking deck where, if possible, we will try to install a dub sound system.
All things Meakusma are the fruit of the work of a small team. That is why we have decided to plan a weekend instead of a festival. Even if Covid-19 measures would loosen in the coming months, it would for us be next to impossible to get a festival organised in two to three months. We also expect social distancing measures to still be in place in September 2021, that is why we feel it is better to move 2021’s proceedings to the shopping mall instead of using our trusted Alter Schlachthof venue. As it is in our view very likely to still have travel restrictions in place till the end of this year, keeping the scope of things a bit smaller than usual makes all the more sense. In case things would all of a sudden dramatically improve and bans would be lifted, we will of course try and offer a night program as well, but so far we do not see this happening.
People who have bought tickets for the Meakusma Festival 2021 will be contacted and reimbursed asap. We stand to thank all of you that decided to donate their 2020 Meakusma Festival entrance fee to us. We will however also reimburse those tickets. With the global music business in dire straits, perhaps it is a good idea to spend some of that reimbursed money in a local record store or spend it on Bandcamp and support artists directly.
Stay safe and see you soon,
All at Meakusma