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Extreme weather forces festival cancellations

27 August 2019

TWO FESTIVALS have been cancelled due to severe weather warnings.

Cornwall’s biggest festival, Boardmasters (cap. 50,000) in Newquay, was due to take place between 7-11 August, but was cancelled at the last minute.

In a statement from festival management cited exceptionally high winds as a particular cause for concern.

Full refunds will be issued for customers who bought a ticket form an official seller. Tickets ranged from £59 for a Tier 1 day ticket to £1,180 for luxury group tents.

Headliners included Florence + the Machine and Foals.

On the other side of the country, Norfolk techno festival Houghton was also cancelled hours before it was due to start.

Taking place in Kings Lynn, a day after Boardmasters, and running until 12 August, its organisers said: “Whilst all structures on site are built to the highest of standards, none are designed to withstand wind speeds of this velocity.”

As LIVE UK when to print, festival-goers were awaiting information on refunds, as organisers held talks with ticket partner Resident Advisor and insurers. Weekend tickets cost £187.

Acts due to perform included Ricardo Villalobos, Four Tet, Shanti Celeste and Derrick Carter. Around 10,000 attendees were expected each day.

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