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A music festival billed as the biggest in the North East of England has been cancelled due to bad weather just as it was due to get under way. LooseFest, a two-day event at Newcastle’s Town Moor, was set to feature Sean Paul and Craig David.
Heavy rain leads to cancellation
Acts were due to begin performing at 12:00 BST, but shortly after organisers announced the festival’s cancellation. They said they had been advised the site was “not safe to open” with further heavy rain expected.
Disappointed attendees and refund information
Up to 60,000 people were expected to attend across the weekend with other artists including Chase and Status, Tinchy Stryder, and Example lined up across five stages. In a message posted on social media, organisers said: “We deeply regret to announce that despite previous weather assurances and the best efforts by our festival and site team, unfortunately for reasons beyond our control LOOSEFEST23 is cancelled this weekend.”
“We appreciate this is absolutely devastating news. Information about refunds would follow shortly,” they added.
Attendees express frustration
Ticket-holder Jack Douglas, who had made a four-and-a-half drive from Daventry, in Northamptonshire, on Friday, described the last-minute announcement as “a shambles”. He said, “We’ve rented an apartment for the weekend and taken time off work after booking the tickets four or five months ago. People have spent a lot of money and the ticket for the festival was about £100. We’ve heard nothing from the organisers through the week about it potentially being cancelled so we thought it was all going ahead as normal. It’s come out of the blue. We were going to go about two o’clock, but a mate was in the queue when they were told at about 12:30.”
According to a report by Bbc.co.uk, LooseFest, a highly anticipated music festival in North East England, has been cancelled due to bad weather. The festival, which was set to take place at Newcastle’s Town Moor over two days, was expected to draw massive crowds with performances by renowned artists such as Sean Paul and Craig David. However, heavy rain and safety concerns forced the organisers to cancel the event just before it was about to begin. It was estimated that up to 60,000 people were expected to attend the festival, showcasing the region’s enthusiasm for live music events.
The organisers expressed their deep regret in an announcement on social media, sharing that despite their best efforts and previous weather assurances, the festival site was deemed unsafe to open. They cited the possibility of further heavy rain as the main reason for the full festival cancellation. Attendees were informed that information regarding refunds would be provided shortly.
The sudden cancellation has left many festival-goers disappointed and frustrated. One ticket-holder, Jack Douglas, shared his experience of traveling a long distance from Daventry in Northamptonshire, only to be informed of the cancellation at the last minute. He expressed his dissatisfaction with the lack of communication from the organisers leading up to the event and the financial impact it has had on attendees.
- LooseFest, the biggest music festival in North East England, has been cancelled due to bad weather.
- Organisers cited safety concerns and the expectation of further heavy rain as the reason for the cancellation.
- Up to 60,000 people were expected to attend the two-day festival, with performances by renowned artists such as Sean Paul and Craig David.
- Refund information for ticket-holders will be provided shortly.
- Attendees expressed frustration and disappointment, highlighting the lack of communication from the organisers leading up to the event.