Hertford Music Festival is an annual celebration of local live music and includes a wide variety of genres, from rock, folk, funk and reggae to classical and jazz

The last Musical Mystery Tour took place on Bank Holiday Sunday 25th August 2019.

In its 14th year the annual Musical Mystery Tour has become firmly established as an eagerly anticipated event in the County town's cultural calendar.

Cancellation of 2021 Musical Mystery Tour

With the heaviest of hearts, we have to announce that we can’t go ahead with the Musical Mystery Tour this year.

Unlike conventional gated festivals we have no control at all over access - and, because our event is by nature a ‘tour’, it involves people moving around and mingling more than any other kind of live music event. That, combined with official ‘guidance’ that effectively makes us potentially liable for what happens in up to 30 venues over which we have no control, means it’s impossible for us to keep our (mostly unvaccinated and/or at high risk) volunteers, engineers, security team, litter pickers and, of course, musicians safe. The clincher, though, was the news that we are unable to renew our Public Liability and Employer’s Liability insurance - leaving us with a terrifying degree of personal exposure.

It’s taken a lot of agonizing and listing of the pros and cons to reach this decision but, sadly, in the end the arguments for cancelling were overwhelming. We’re painfully sorry to be forced to disappoint everyone - but we’d rather wait till 2022 for a full-on renaissance than risk the lives and health of the people who make the event happen - not to mention the audience and their contacts.

Take me to the Mystery Tour

Add This Page to your Mobile Home Screen

You can create an icon shortcut on the home screen of your smartphone or tablet using the instructions below.

Apple iPhone or iPad

In the Safari browser, click the share icon in the browser and select the option Add to Home Screen.

(The share icon is at the top of the screen - a square box with an arrow pointing up).


Touch the three vertical dots in the top right-hand corner of your browser to bring up a list of options.

Toward the bottom of the list (often fourth from the bottom) touch Add to Home Screen.

All done!

Festival Sponsors

Interested in becoming a sponsor?
Click here to find out more about our sponsorship options.