Hazy Days searching for new venue after host pulls out amid ‘negative respose’

PUBLISHED: 11:01 05 January 2018 | UPDATED: 11:01 05 January 2018

Hazy Days 2017 at the Tropicana.

Hazy Days 2017 at the Tropicana.

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The Hazy Days music festival has been left searching for a new venue after a ‘negative response’ on social media saw the host venue pull out this morning (Friday).

Hazy Days 2017 at the Tropicana.Hazy Days 2017 at the Tropicana.

Banwell Football Club was due to stage the three-day event, which was held at Weston-super-Mare’s Tropicana for the past two years, and the event’s organisers said they were ‘excited by the great opportunity’ in an announcement on Monday.

The festival was due to take place from August 10-12, with three music stages and camping on offer.

But Hazy Days, which attracted chart-topping acts like Newton Faulkner and Sophie Ellis-Bexter in its second year, is now hunting for a new venue to stage the event ‘due to the negative response from a small minority of villagers and ill feeling within the village’.

A festival spokesman said: “Ultimately, the decision to hold the festival comes down to the people who live in the village and we have received the unfortunate news this morning that Banwell Football Club no longer feels it will be able to support the festival at the club, as it stands, due to the negative response from a small minority of villagers and ill feeling within the village, so we will now be actively looking for a new venue to bring this amazing festival to.

“When we announced we were bringing Hazy Days to Banwell, we had hoped the news would be received positively, and it was by 98 per cent of the people who saw it as a great way to bring the village together and do something great for the football club and community.

“We had planned to incorporate Banwell traders and community groups to run alongside the Banfest festival bringing their wares and groups and bring the whole community together.

“Unfortunately, what has happened, in some instances, is the complete opposite.

“Without anyone seeing a single plan, we now have villager-against-villager on social media stating what will happen, how terrible it all will be, with others stating that they are sure the festival team would make sure the festival, like the previous two, would be well run and cause the minimum of disruption.

“We are not required to submit a plan to the council until March due to the size of our festival, which is not anywhere near the size of festival some people have been stating, but we have been criticised for not informing people before we informed them.

“We apologise to those who were looking forward to this but we are all about bringing people together, not pulling people apart.”

The festival organisers are now in talks with potential venues in or around Weston to host Hazy Days, and they have reaffirmed their intention to see the festival staged this year.

The Mercury approached Banwell Football Club, but it declined to comment.

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