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Extreme weather forces festival cancellations

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27 August 2019
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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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