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The future looks bleak for Wakestock as Kilimanjaro Live says it will "concentrate on other events for this summer and not plan a festival for 2016"
By Jon Chapple on 07 Mar 2016
For a second year running, there will be no Wakestock festival this summer, promoter Kilimanjaro Live has confirmed.
The festival, which takes place on the Llyn peninsula in north Wales and combines wakeboarding with live music, was last held in 2014, when it was headlined by Tom Odell, John Newman, Razorlight, Frank Turner and Clean Bandit.
In 2015 it announced it was to “take a year off and work upon the festival’s development for future years” but said organisers had “already started work on 2016 and look forward to coming back after our rest in 2015”.
“It isn’t necessarily the case that Wakestock will never happen again, but a significant level of investment … will need to take place in order to develop it, and this will need to be carefully considered”
However, Kilimanjaro Live told the North Wales Daily Post yesterday that it is now focusing solely on concert promotion and has no plans for Wakestock to return.
“The unique challenges that Wakestock presented have led to our decision to concentrate on other events for this summer and not plan a festival for 2016,” said the DEAG-owned company in a statement. “For example, we are bringing the Stereophonics to north Wales for their first large-scale concert, which is a very exciting prospect for us.
“It isn’t necessarily the case that Wakestock will never happen again, but a significant level of investment in terms of time and money will need to take place in order to develop it and this will need to be carefully considered before any commitment takes place.”