Weston’s Hazy Days music festival cancelled

PUBLISHED: 08:39 26 March 2018 | UPDATED: 08:42 26 March 2018

Hazy Days 2017 at the Tropicana.

Hazy Days 2017 at the Tropicana.

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This summer’s Hazy Days music festival has been scrapped after organisers were hit by a series of ‘unexpected challenges’.

Hazy Days revellers rock to Reef. Picture: Andrew ThompsonHazy Days revellers rock to Reef. Picture: Andrew Thompson

The three-day festival was due to be held at Weston Rugby Club in August, but the event has collapsed after organisers learned on-site camping and parking could not be provided – undermining the financial viability of the volunteer-led festival.

Hazy Days debuted at Weston’s Tropicana in 2016, and enjoyed two successful years with the likes of Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Reef performing at the seafront venue.

But the festival’s organisers endured a turbulent time this year which saw Hazy Days leave the Trop before plans for the event to be held at Banwell Football Club were torn up due to villagers’ concerns.

The rugby club stepped in as hosts, with the likes of Dreadzone and The Leylines booked to perform, but the loss of revenue from parking and camping has forced ‘devastated’ organisers to pull the plug.

Reef's Gary Stringer. Picture: Andrew ThompsonReef's Gary Stringer. Picture: Andrew Thompson

Hazy Days has vowed to return in 2019, and will refund ticket holders in the next 10 days.

A spokesman said: “It is with a heavy heart that the Hazy Days festival team has to notify you Hazy Days 2018 will not be going ahead this year.

“Unfortunately, the team has suffered a number of unexpected challenges which mean that the festival now cannot be delivered to the high standards that you deserve.

“While we overcame the initial challenge of two unexpected changes of venue, we have now been notified we will be unable to provide camping and parking to you on the grounds that surround our new venue.

“Both the rugby club and festival team are devastated by this news.

“We absolutely hate to disappoint you, but being a small team of unpaid volunteers we know without the revenue camping would have provided, we would have to deliver a substandard festival and we just can’t bring ourselves to do that to you.

“We would much rather take a break for 2018 and return in 2019 with the festival you deserve.

“We would like to thank everyone who has been involved in the festival to date, and to those who give us their overwhelming support – it means a huge amount to us.”

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