A music festival has been canceled because of safety concerns after heavy rain had fallen and turned the ground into mud.
The ‘Y Not’ festival in Derbyshire had already called off some concerts due to the hazardous conditions. The organizers of the festival declared the decision through a statement on the festival’s website.
The organizers said the decision had been “incredibly difficult”, but that the situation on the festival ground and stages was too dangerous and had pushed them to cancel the rest of the events. Due to a large number of fans requesting their money back, the organizers have promised to give “further information” about their inquiries.
Event director John Drape said he felt “gutted” about the events.
“We have meetings every six hours to discuss things like weather conditions and ground conditions,” Drape explained the process behind the decision. “On Saturday night it became increasingly clear conditions were deteriorating and at midnight there was not one agency which felt it was safe to continue.”
He refuted claims that the festival organizers had been unprepared, saying they had spent 30% more on infrastructure and had brought in 80 tons of wood chip to stabilize tracks.
Heavy rain and wind on Friday night turned much of the site near Matlock into mud and headliners The Vaccines had to stop their performance. In a tweet, the band said they were “sorry sorry sorry” they could not finish the concert.
The sold-out event had seen performances by Stereophonics and Jake Bugg rearranged, with some performers playing under gazebos on stage in order to stay dry.
More rain overnight on Saturday made the site even more unsafe.
Festival-goers have been advised to leave and special arrangements have been made to get vehicles out of the car park. However, provision has been made for those who cannot leave until Monday.
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