KALLIDA Festival will not return this year, shares update on future

KALLIDA Festival will not return this year, shares update on future

UK festival KALLIDA will not be returning in 2024.

The independent festival crew announced that the boutique event will not holding a weekender this upcoming summer festival season. “Each year it gets harder and harder to find a huge mansion that lets us throw a party till 6am, and this year we decided that we wouldn’t be doing another edition of KALLIDA”, they wrote on Instagram.

The team shared reassurances that this didn’t spell doom for KALLIDA, which was nominated for Best Boutique Festival at the 2019 and 2022 DJ Mag Best of British awards: “This isn’t the end of KALLIDA as a collective, or as a group of friends, and although one door closes, there is always space for new projects to grow, so let’s see what the future holds.”

The 2023 KALLIDA festival was held at a secret location in North Devon, with previous editions taking place at a Georgian manor in Somerset. 

KALLIDA’s frank statement on the state of intimate UK festivals echoes Field Maneuvers’ March announcement that it’s the “final” edition of the beloved festival “in its current form”. “What exactly does that mean? To be honest, your guess is as good as ours”, they wrote. “21 festivals in the UK have already cancelled this year so we need to do some radical re-thinking in order to survive… One thing we do know for sure is that the FM we have all grown to love and know will cease to exist in its current guise after this party”. 

In 2023, KALLIDA supported multiple fundraising efforts for the Ugandan LGBTQ+ community through its relationship with the Nyege Nyege collective. There was an emergency fund launched in the wake of an anti-LGBTQ+ bill in March, followed by a fundraising party at Unit 58 in April with Kampire, Authentically Plastic and more. 

Relive KALLIDA’s 2019 festival at Sparkford Hall in Somerset through DJ Mag’s review

Read KALLIDA’s statement in full via Instagram.

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