Just when we all thought the 2020 summer calendar was a washout, Stendhal Festival launches their social distance event, ‘Unlocked’ set to take place in Limavady, just outside Derry.

Obviously, as it stands this event is heavily reliant on there being no Coronavirus second wave and is subject to lockdown restrictions being eased for the proposed dates…but they have a fully operational plan in place.

“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.”

Below you’ll find a small section of information taken from the festival’s website, but you can read up on their plans here.

The basics.

Unlocked will take place on the following dates: August 21-22 & August 28 – 29. Extra dates may be added depending on demand and will be announced as soon as possible.

This event will only be able to accommodate a very limited number of patrons, with between 500 and 1,000 people allowed on the Ballymully Cottage Farm come August, depending on guidelines in August.


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

Festival site

The festival site will consist of 25 acres. This will include one general campsite and 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 also be available.

Want to hear more about this event, check our their Facebook page here.

If you’re unfamiliar with the festival itself check out this recap of the 2019 festival:

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