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Cash problem forces cancellation of Wheels and Fins festival

25 September 2019

MUSIC AND water sports festival Wheels and Fins (cap. 5,000) has been cancelled at the last-minute due to what the organisers describe as “financial constraints”.

The event was due to take place in Joss Bay in Kent between 7–8 September, featuring artistes including Friendly Fires, Slaves and Mystery Jets.

“It is with absolute heart-breaking agony that due to financial constraints on our small independent festival, we have been forced into the devastating decision that Wheels & Fins festival 2019 has been cancelled,” says a statement on the festival’s website.

“To the artistes, traders and suppliers who we have worked tirelessly with all year, we apologise for the huge inconvenience this causes. To our loyal ticket holders we are truly devastated to disappoint you and thank you for your continued support.”

The organisers, brothers Dave and Dan Melmoth, say they’re working with ticketing partners and solicitors on the next steps, but had not issued a statement regarding refunds as LIVE UK went to print.

“We are currently working through a process … we hope to have a fuller picture within a week,” Dave tells LIVE UK.

A day ticket cost £36 and weekend tickets were priced at £67.20, available from Ticketmaster.

The seaside festival was founded in 2012, originally a free event.

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