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Rough Beats festival cancelled

By | Published on Wednesday 9 May 2012

Rough Beats

Organisers of independent festival Rough Beats have cancelled what was to be the event’s tenth edition, saying that theirs is the latest festival to feel the strain of “financial pressures” and a “difficult environment”. Set to take place from 8-10 Jun in Clapham, Yorkshire, Rough Beats was to host Pulled Apart By Horses and Gruff Rhys as its topmost-billed acts, third headliner Azealia Banks having withdrawn from her slot a fortnight ago.

A statement from Rough Beats HQ, which has promised to refund all purchased tickets in full, reads: “It is with a very heavy heart that we write to you to announce that, due to financial pressures, we have no responsible option but to cancel Rough Beats Festival 2012. The decision to cancel has not been made lightly – indeed it goes against every instinct of our hearts – but not to do so would put all the contractors, contributors, artists, traders and suppliers at risk of substantial losses”.

As to staging the event in coming years, organisers say: “We have to take stock financially, physically and emotionally over the next few weeks before we can consider what’s next”.