See you in 2021?

There's a pandemic going around don't ya know. Good friends in the industry are being forced to sell up and there's no end in sight to the ban on mass gatherings. I'll be here ready for when we're allowed to work again though....I promise!

There’s absolutely no denying, 2020 didn’t turn out the way anybody expected it to!

It was supposed to be a bumper year for everyone who makes their living from the wedding industry (an industry which is worth several billion to the UK economy I might add), and yet…well it doesn’t exist at the moment.

Rustic booth in a marquee setting

My speciality when it comes to weddings is the marquee or tipi style event. I LOVE doing weddings under canvas!

2020 was to see me performing at over 40 weddings of this type, plus some in traditional stately homes/hotels and village halls.

It was an awful lot of work lined up and a lot of fun planned.

And then….well we all know what happened next. The country was put into lockdown, any sort of social gathering was banned by law, and my equipment was tucked away safe and sound, ready for when needed again.

At the time, many of us in the DJ world believed that we’d be off the road for around 3 months. That was 6 months ago at the time of writing this post!

Sadly though, it appears that parties of any size are going to be off the radar for the remainder of 2020. Local lockdowns are now happening regularly, wedding receptions which were supposed to return with reduced numbers are not allowed, the infections are once again increasing across the world and even here in the UK….it’s not looking good.

Add to this, a recent statement from OLIVER DOWDEN (Secretary Of State For Digital/Culture/Media/Sport) confirmed that a full re-opening of live performance will not happen until 2021, with no further updates until November. This is devastating for panto, the wider theatre industry and for all those who work on productions made financially unviable by socially distanced audiences.

This is worrying news as it also applies to us in the mobile disco and nightclub industries!

So, it sadly looks as though there will be no more weddings this year, or indeed the lucrative Christmas and New Year party season which keeps many of us afloat during the early months of the New Year. The future is very bleak indeed.

I miss doing what I do for a living in “normal” times. Really…you’ve no idea how special each and every wedding and party I work is!

They’re ALL unique, they all have a different set of emotions, and I actually remember each and every couple, their first dance and how the evening went….even several years on from the big day!

 What I do for a living isn’t going to happen again for a while….and that hurts…a LOT!

COVID sadly likes a good party with raised voices, singing and hugging as much as I do.

But don’t worry – I’m still here and intend to hit the ground running just as soon as I’m allowed to!

The equipment is safely stored away, it’s regularly checked to make sure it’s going to work when needed, and I’ve taken on a paid job (urgh!) to survive until such time as I’m allowed to work in my real job again. It’s tough, but it’s going to be worth it in the end!

Sadly though, I’m hearing from fellow DJs on a daily basis about how they’ve thrown in the towel and moved to a different career. The Facebook DJ pages are full of people selling off kit and even entire rigs….it’s really, really sad to see so many of my friends in the business struggling.

And yet…

I’m still being asked if I’m available for parties in 2020!

Wedding Party DJ at The Old Hall in Ely

OK, I know the rules are confusing and vague, but in a nutshell….I’d be on very dodgy ground if I were to turn up and do what I do.

The really simple answer at the moment no matter how much that hurts me financially is NO, I can’t provide the soundtrack to your party!

Let’s look at what’s allowed at the moment….

At the time of writing (21st July 2020), “Gatherings” are allowed for up to 6 people from different households outside (socially distanced of course), and with music being played at “background levels”, i.e., a volume which doesn’t mean you have to raise your voice to speak. You can also have an outdoor gathering of up to 30 people from TWO households.

Communal dancing is actually prohibited by law!

In the scenario where you can have 6 people from different households, I’m one of the six! In the scenario where you can have 30 from two households, I’m one of the households!

The maths doesn’t work.

Add to this, any bending of the rules will invalidate my public liability insurance and actually renders me liable to have my equipment confiscated by the police as evidence of flouting of the rules, and it’s not somewhere I’m happy to go at the moment I’m afraid.

PLUS – I really DON’T want to bring it home to my family!

 

Adult Parties

So, as much as you want to party, and as desperately as I want to get back to doing what I do best for a living (believe me….delivering online grocery orders until silly ‘o’ clock at night really ISN’T what I want to be doing but it pays a wage for the time being), I sadly can’t help you at the moment.

What I do for a living in normal times spreads Covid-19, and I really don’t want to be a part in causing ill health or worse, death!

Hopefully restrictions will be lifted in the near future. The vaccine and treatment trials are looking good from today’s news.

Until then, I’m now officially off the road until March 2021.

 

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