Two-day festival to replace axed T4

PUBLISHED: 09:00 11 February 2013 | UPDATED: 11:23 12 February 2013

T4 will not be returning to Weston beach in 2013.

T4 will not be returning to Weston beach in 2013.

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MUSIC festival T4 On The Beach will not be returning to Weston this year after it was axed by Channel Four.

Thousands of music fans from across the country flocked to the seaside every year for T4 On The Beach but television bosses have pulled the plug on the pop concert which has been a focal part of Weston’s summer since its first visit in 2005.

But North Somerset Council announced this week that a replacement festival has been lined up.

Councillor Felicity Baker, executive member for tourism, said the beach will play host to a two-day music festival instead this summer to boost the local economy.

She said: “T4 On The Beach, which we have had successfully in Weston for many years now, will not be taking place this year.

“We will be having a household name as a replacement to T4 however.

“It will be another music festival and we will have double the fun as it will be a two-day, rather than a one-day, festival.”

Cllr Baker confirmed it was Channel Four’s decision to axe T4 and not the council’s.

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She said: “T4 On The Beach has run its course and Channel Four is not prepared to do it any more. I don’t think it has the finances.”

Last year was the 10th anniversary of T4 On The Beach, with all bar the first two concerts held in Weston.

The seaside resort has played host to dozens of big name music artists over the past eight years including Tulisa, JLS, Alexandra Burke, Rita Ora, Rizzle Kicks, Kelly Rowland and Girls Aloud.

However, its future had been in doubt ever since Channel Four announced it was axing its weekly T4 show last autumn. The final episode was broadcast at the end of December.

A council spokesman told the Mercury no date had been finalised for the replacement music festival and no details over its acts have been released.

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