A. Festival Tickets
1. The St Albans Folk Festival has a no refunds policy.
1.1The St Albans Folk Festival is a not-for-profit organisation. It aims to keep ticket prices affordable while meeting the cost of producing the Festival.
The organisers reserve the right to change the program as required by circumstances and conditions at any time without notice. The festival will proceed whatever the weather conditions.
In general, the policy is that Tickets to the St Albans Folk Festival are non-refundable.
However, the festival reserves the right to exercise discretion in exceptional circumstances.
1.2. The ‘no refund’ policy will be strictly applied in relation to Tickets purchased at the Gate and once a pre-purchased Ticket has been redeemed for a wristband at the Festival.
An application for a refund in relation to a Ticket, once a ticket holder has a wristband, would only be considered in exceptional circumstances.
1.3 Persons who find themselves unable to use a Ticket purchased prior to the relevant Festival are encouraged to gift the Ticket so that someone else can take advantage of the Ticket.
1.4. A refund, if approved, is only for the Ticket price paid. The booking fee and any credit card fee associated with the Ticket purchase will not be refunded except when charged in error. These charges are not paid to the St Albans Folk Festival, but to the ticketing provider and bank. An alternative option may be provided to defer the passes to the next Festival.
2. Refunds may be made in the following circumstances:
A person who has purchased a Ticket for a Festival and who later registers to be a Volunteer for that particular Festival, will be eligible for a refund after performing the required hours or more of volunteer service for the Organisation.
Applications MUST be accompanied by the Ticket purchase receipt in the Volunteer’s name and the person’s Volunteer Timesheet.
Some performers may have purchased a Ticket prior to being notified of their engagement as a performer for the same Festival. If performer status is confirmed by the Festival Director, a refund will normally be provided.
Applications MUST be accompanied by the Ticket purchase receipt in the performer’s name.
2.3 Supplier Mistakes
If the purchaser believes the St Albans Folk Festival or its agent has made a mistake in ticketing, the following are required for consideration of a refund: Ticket purchase receipt and a Statutory Declaration outlining the cause of the problem or alleged mistake.
2.4 Festival Cancellation
In the event that the festival has to be cancelled PRIOR to the scheduled commencement date of the festival, pre-purchased tickets will be refunded.
3. Compassionate Grounds
3.1 A refund may be approved on compassionate grounds when unforeseen circumstances such as injury, illness, family bereavement or misadventure render a person who has pre-purchased a Ticket from attending the Festival.
3.2 A person applying for a refund on compassionate grounds should clearly set out the relevant unforeseen circumstances in writing to the St Albans Folk Festival and provide supporting documentation as relevant. As a general rule, the earlier an application is made after the unforeseen circumstances, the greater the likelihood a refund will be approved. Refund applications MUST be accompanied by the Ticket purchase receipt issued to the applicant.
4. No refund circumstances
No Refund will be approved in the following circumstances:
Change of mind re attending (this applies whether you do not attend the Festival at all or leave after being issued with a wristband for the Festival);
Purchase of the wrong Ticket type. (In this circumstance, the ticketing provider should be contacted in advance of the Festival. An upgrade of a Ticket may be possible);
If the Ticket was received as a VIP or in another complimentary category;
If the Ticket was received as a gift or won in a raffle and attendance was not possible;
If the St Albans Folk Festival or its agent has no record of purchase of the Ticket by the person applying for the refund;
If the Ticket has been duplicated;
If the wristband is lost, damaged, forged or stolen;
If the ticket holder has been refused entry or evicted from the premises in any of the circumstances outlined in the Terms and Conditions;
If the event does not meet the ticketholder’s expectations.
5. Process for seeking a refund
5.1 In order for a refund to be processed the St Albans Folk Festival must receive the following items by email or post within 28 days of the completion of the relevant Festival:
a letter outlining a valid reason for requesting a refund;
a copy of the Ticket purchase receipt in the applicant’s name;
any relevant supporting documentation;
in the case of applications made on compassionate grounds, a statement of the circumstances and relevant supporting documentation such as a medical or death certificate or Police Report.
Confirmation of receipt of the refund applications is only possible if items are received by email or registered post.
5.2 A decision on a Ticket Refund application must be made and the applicant advised of the outcome in writing by email or letter by 31 May following the relevant Festival and any refund approved paid by 30 June of the same year.
B. Merchandise Products
6. Please choose carefully as we do not give refunds simply because you changed your mind or made the wrong decision.
6.1 Where goods are faulty, wrongly described, different from a sample shown to you or don’t do what they are supposed to do, you can choose between a refund, exchange or credit. Please contact the St Albans Folk Festival in the first instance to discuss which option and how to proceed.
6.2 Please retain your receipt or email confirmation for proof of purchase.
6.3 When returning a product for refund, exchange or credit, a copy of the original receipt or email confirmation must also be included in the return envelope. Please allow 14 – 30 days for your item to be returned. Freight charges to and from the customer will be paid by the St Albans Folk Festival