By Megan Potterton
Boardmasters 2019 has been cancelled by event organisers due to forecasted severe weather conditions.
The major music festival was due to begin in Newquay today, Wednesday 7th August. Florence and the Machine, Wu-Tang Clan and Foals were all scheduled to headline the festival, which was expected to run from Wednesday 7th until Sunday 11th August.
Gates were due to open to festival-goers at 7am this morning, however event organisers released a statement cancelling the event across Boardmasters’ social media channels at 11pm last night.
Here is the official statement:
“Due to forecasted severe weather conditions, specifically high winds, Boardmasters 2019 has been cancelled.
Following full consultation with all of the relevant authorities including independent safety advisors, Devon and Cornwall Police, emergency services and the Met Office, a final decision was made yesterday evening (6th August).
The safety of you, the fans and attendees, as well as performers and crew comes first, and the potential risk is too severe for the event to go ahead at this time.
Refund advice will be shared as soon as possible – please follow Boardmasters’ social media for official updates.
We sincerely regret the disappointment to fans, and apologise for any disruption caused to local businesses, performers and crew who were looking forward to Boardmasters as much as we were.”
Fans and artists alike have expressed their disappointment on social media. Sam Fender, who was due to play the Main Stage on Saturday, tweeted:
We always have such a mint time down here. Feeling for the team who spend all year putting this festival together. Hopefully we can return next summer ❤️ https://t.co/MopepR7a1c
— Sam Fender (@samfendermusic) August 7, 2019
Sunday headliners Foals also tweeted that they were ‘Gutted’ in response to the official statement.
Ticket holders have been told to keep an eye on the Boardmasters social media pages for advice on refunds. Great Western Railway have also advised that all unused tickets to and from Newquay this weekend are eligible for refund, including normally non-refunable Advance fares.