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Underage Festival cancels

By | Published on Monday 30 July 2012

Underage Festival

An established fixture in the London festival calendar, the Underage Festival, announced on Friday that this year’s event, due to take place on 31 Aug, had been cancelled.

The event, which caters to thirteen to eighteen year olds, usually takes place in August, alongside the Field Day and Apple Cart festivals. All three moved this year because of the Olympics. The latter two moved to an earlier slot in the year, while Underage opted for a late August date in an alternative venue, the smaller Shoreditch Park the day before the 1234 Festival. In a statement last week, Underage blamed contractual issues with the new site relating to production standards for the cancellation.

Event organisers wrote: “Due to the Olympics we were forced into moving from our usual date and home in Victoria Park to a later date and new location in Shoreditch Park. Despite a positive start to the site move, and repeated assurances that production levels would be suitable for a festival of this kind, we now find ourselves in a situation where we have no choice but to cancel the event”.

They continued: “Unforeseen circumstances with our site hire contract mean we are no longer able to meet production levels and we do not want to risk the safety and smooth running of an event for thirteen to eighteen year olds. After the amount of work we have put in over the last six years to make Underage Festival the successful event it is today, it is incredibly sad that we have to make this decision, and it’s one that has not been made lightly”.

Full refunds will be available at the point of purchase, and Underage organisers say that they are already planning to return with a full festival in Victoria Park next year on “our own terms once again”.