Goodfest, Goodricke College’s annual event as a celebration of the end of the academic year, has been cancelled.
The Facebook event that Goodricke College was hosting changed its status to “cancelled” at around 3pm on March 17, with no explanation as to why the event had been cancelled.
Stephen Stanley, Goodricke’s current Chair told York Vision that “we have cancelled [Goodfest] for the summer term due to committee availability across the term as a result of the University announcement, as well as us not wanting to encourage mass gatherings of people. We would’ve loved to have it this summer but safety comes first”.
According to Mr Stanley, there aren’t any plans to redo the event at a later date. Neither YUSU nor the University were involved in the decision to cancel the festival, which would have been the largest one in its ten year history.
The planning for the event, whose headliner last year was Tinchy Stryder, had started just after refreshers week this year. When asked why no information was available on any Facebook pages concerning Goodfest, Stephen Stanley told Vision “We didn’t want to overwhelm people with information. The main and essential reason is health and safety, and that was mentioned”.
Dylan Wallis, chairperson of Derwent College was asked about whether Big D, Derwent’s flagship club night, would still be taking place. He told Vision that “no official decision has been made yet, but it’s obviously not looking good”.
He noted that an official decision will be made soon.