Houghton Festival in Norwich has been cancelled due to extreme weather conditions.
It’s the second major festival to be cancelled this week following the news that Cornwall’s Boardmasters event wouldn’t go ahead.
Curated by London DJ Craig Richards, Houghton Festival was due to run from Thursday to Monday at Houghton Hall near King’s Lynn, Norfolk.
The 2019 event has a 24-hour licence and would have been the third year of the electronic music event, with performances from Four Tet, Derrick Carter and Ricardo Villalobos.
In a statement on the festival’s website, organisers said conditions had “dramatically worsened” and would deteriorate further over weekend, with the Met Office issuing warnings of 60mph winds, thunderstorms and heavy rain in Norfolk.
“We are utterly devastated. All the hard work, love and creativity that has gone into planning and producing this year’s event made this an almost impossible decision to make”, they said.
“This was set to be a wonderful weekend and the boldest step we have ever taken as a festival. However, nothing is more important than the safety of our customers, staff and performers, which would be compromised if we were to go ahead”.
Festival-goers have been advised not to travel to the event, and information regarding refunds will be available later today.