Fans angry as festival axed

Simply Red who were due to headline the now cancelled Summer Days Festival. (s)
Simply Red who were due to headline the now cancelled Summer Days Festival. (s)

Thousands of music fans are angry and disappointed after the eagerly-anticipated Clitheroe Summer Days Festival was cancelled at short notice.

The major three-day music and food extravaganza, which was scheduled to be held in the Castle grounds between July 6th and 9th, with headliners Simply Red, Jools Holland and Gabrielle, was pulled due to rising costs and “logistical obstacles”.

In just a fortnight’s time, around 10,000 music-lovers were set to descend on Clitheroe each day, with 4,500 tickets believed to have been sold. Ticket prices started at around £60.

Organisers say they have been left “heartbroken” and have promised full refunds for all ticket holders.

A statement issued on Monday read: “After serious consideration we are heartbroken to announce that Summer Days festival 2016 will not take place.

“We have looked at every angle possible to keep the event live, but due to a combination of factors including rising cost and newly arisen logistical obstacles we have no choice, but to call Summer Days off.

“All ticket holders will, of course, receive a face value refund and should contact their ticket vendors directly. Support for Summer Days has been both incredible and humbling and makes this decision all the harder. You have our heartfelt apologies. Thank you again for all your support.”

Despite the apology issued by Summer Days Live Ltd, rumours are rife regarding the real reasons behind the cancellation with fans blaming poor ticket sales, logistics surrounding parking, while some claim major acts had pulled out.

Unhappy ticket holders have criticised the organisers for poor communication and voiced their frustration via Facebook. Some have said how expensive the festival’s ticket prices were and how organisers “shot themselves in the foot” charging such high prices.

Around 30 acts had been lined up to perform at Summer Days including Echo and the Bunnymen, Caro Emerald and Everything,

A number of local bands were also due to take part including New York Tourists and Good Foxy. date from around 6pm to 1am.

Meanwhile, leader of Ribble Valley Borough Council, Coun. Stuart Hirst, said: “The organisers of Summer Days have confirmed that they have cancelled the festival they were planning to hold on the Clitheroe Castle Field and we are sorry to hear of their decision.”

Summer Days was the brainchild of Clitheroe businessman Mr John Tyrrell, who is unavailable to comment.

Banners and leaflets advertising the event have been removed from the town and businesses following the announcement.