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Livewire cancelled for the second time

24 July 2019

INVESTOR ISSUES have been blamed for the cancellation of Livewire Festival in Blackpool, for the second year running.

The event was due to take place from 22 to 25 August at the Tower Headlands Arena (cap, 20,000) and be headlined by Ms Lauryn Hill.

The cancellation of last year’s festival, which claimed a line-up featuring Mariah Carey, Matt Goss and Boyz II Men was blamed on the ill health of key personnel, according to a statement from promoter Livewire Events.

Livewire’s sole director Andrew Falconer, who also runs Piper Music Management, declined to comment when approached by LIVE UK, referring only to a statement which says, “This hasn’t been a decision we have taken lightly and have explored every avenue we possibly could to keep the event on. However, due to funding we have had no option but to cancel the event.”

Ticketmaster confirmed it was giving refunds of the £30 ticket, but declined to say how many had been sold.

Livewire Festival was first held in 2017 with a lineup including Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Jacksons.

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