Boardmasters Festival has been cancelled because of severe weather forecast for this weekend, specifically high winds. The festival is in an exposed location on the Cornish coast, near Newquay.
Organisers made the announcement just after 11pm tonight across Boardmasters’ social media channels. Earlier on Tuesday, the Met Office issued a yellow severe weather warning for wind on Saturday, plus another warning for rain and thunderstorms on Friday.
Boardmasters said in a statement: “Due to forecasted severe weather conditions, specifically high winds, Boardmasters 2019 has been cancelled.
“Following full consultation with all of the relevant authorities including independent safety advisors, Devon and Cornwall Police, emergency services and the Met Office, a final decision was made this evening.
“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.
“Refund advice will be shared as soon as possible – please follow Boardmasters’ social media for official updates.
“We sincerely regret the disappointment to fans, and apologise for any disruption caused to local businesses, performers and crew who were looking forward to Boardmasters as much as we were.”
Florence + The Machine, Foals and Wu-Tang Clan were set to appear at the festival this weekend, alongside an array of action sport events including the World Surf League.
The Boardmasters website is currently failing to load following a likely influx of traffic as news of the cancellation spreads and is returning the server error shown above.
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