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Y Not Festival cancels final day

Fans waiting to hear about refunds after site turns into mudbath

By James Drury on 01 Aug 2017

Y Not Festival 2017

The final day of Y Not festival in the UK was cancelled due to poor weather.

image © scarlettbielecka

Bad weather forced the cancellation of Friday’s headline act and the entire final day of the UK’s Y Not Festival, as the site became a mudbath.

Sunday was due to see artists such as Happy Mondays and Two Door Cinema Club perform at the 25,000-capacity festival. Friday’s headliner The Vaccines were also unable to play due to the weather.

“Sorry, sorry, sorry about last night. Were all ready to come out and play for you when we were told it wasn’t safe,” the band tweeted.

Organisers have told fans they’ll provide information about refunds “in the coming days”.

sums up the weekend 😂 #ynotfestival

A post shared by Scarlett Bielecka (@scarlettbielecka) on Jul 30, 2017 at 11:07am PDT

In a statement, they say: “Unfortunately we’ve had to take the difficult decision to cancel Sunday due to the adverse weather conditions across the weekend, after consulting all the relevant authorities.

“Ending Y Not like this was an incredible difficult decision and we are as disappointed as you are.”

“The safety of our guests, performers and crew is our primary concern and the potential risk was too severe for Sunday to go ahead. We are very sorry for the disappointment and disruption caused to everyone who was looking forward to the final day of the festival.

“Ending Y Not festival 2017 like this was an incredibly difficult decision and we are as disappointed as you are.”

Y Not was bought by media giant Global in October last year. As well as 14 festivals, the company owns Global Radio (Heart, Capital, Smooth, Classic FM), Global Television (Capital TV, Heart TV) and Global Entertainment, which includes music publishing, management and live and touring divisions.


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