The Boardmasters Festival in Newquay has been called off just a few hours before gates were due to open, after The Met Office announced a huge storm would slam into the festival area.
Over 55,000 people were expected to attend the beach festival and lots of them were already waiting for the gates to be opened at the festival entrance when they received the news.
Large areas of the UK will be affected by rain, thunderstorms and even severe gales, which could cause power cuts and fell trees. Houses and small businesses from southern England, the Midlands and Wales could be flooded and forecasters have even talked about fast-flowing or deep flood water being “a danger to life”.
The Wu-Tang Clan, Dizzee Rascal and Florence + The Machine were some of the bands who were expected to be performing at the music and surfing festival this weekend, and fans are very frustrated and disappointed at the cancellation.
“The festival had the same weather forecast two days ago. If they thought the weather was going to affect it they could have said sooner” said Imia Parker-Bruce, a British student who had travelled for 9 hours with her parents to attend the festival.
However, “The safety of you, the fans and attendees, as well as performers and crew comes first, and the potential risk is too severe for the event to go ahead at this time”, the festival organisers said.
Refund details will be shared by the festival organisation very soon. People who booked return tickets on Great Western Railway to Newquay will be able to return early and the Megabus company announced it would add extra seats for passengers to go back to London from the festival.