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Houghton Festival cancels due to severe weather conditions

By | Published on Thursday 8 August 2019

Houghton Festival

Another UK festival due to take place this weekend has been cancelled because of a severe weather warning, this time the Houghton Festival in Norfolk.

Following the decision of Newquay’s Boardmasters to cancel yesterday, organisers of the Houghton Festival have likewise announced that, because of health and safety concerns caused by the expected weather conditions, their event will not go ahead.

The Met Office has issued severe weather warnings for much of England and Wales, with storms expected tomorrow followed by very strong winds.

The festival at Houghton Hall is curated by Fabric resident Craig Richards and was due to kick off tonight, with the likes of Ricardo Villalobos, Four Tet, Shanti Celeste and Derrick Carter on the bill.

In a statement this morning, Richards and his co-organisers said: “Overnight, weather conditions on-site at Houghton Festival have dramatically worsened and are set to deteriorate further into the weekend. Tragically, following this morning’s reports and further consultation with authorities, health and safety and all the festival directors, the decision has been made to cancel Houghton 2019”.

“We are utterly devastated”, they added. “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. 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”.

Ticket refund information should be published later today.