Cancelled Houghton Festival confirms it will return in 2020

 Cancelled Houghton Festival confirms it will return in 2020

Image credit: Jake Davis / Here & Now

Houghton Festival organisers have confirmed the event will return in August 2020 after being forced to cancel this year’s event because of the weather.

Houghton (and Boardmasters) were among dozens of events cancelled after severe weather warnings were issued across the country, with a storm bringing extremely strong winds and heavy rain.

Anyone who purchased a ticket will have priority booking for next year’s Houghton, which takes place from Thursday 6th until Sunday 9th August. A private pre-sale link will be sent via email to 2019 ticketholders on Wednesday 9th October. The pre-sale will begin at noon and will run for a month, after which Houghton 2020 tickets will go on general sale.

Houghton Festival director Craig Richards issued this statement today: “As you are all painfully aware, on the morning of Thursday 8th August 2019 we were forced to bow to mother nature in the face of an unusually vicious storm. 

“This year was to be the third in Houghton’s powerful and already well-defined history. The strength of spirit created by the festival cancellation was a symbolic reminder of the integrity and resilience that exists within the electronic music community. 

“Given the unprecedented circumstances, we had no alternative but to stop the event ahead of the impending storm. Safety and wellbeing are of utmost importance, there is no justification for risking human life. The festival simply could not happen……

“Obviously, the consequences were devastating for all concerned. Our greatest fear, given the unpredictability of British weather was that having cancelled the event the storm would not strike as predicted. Such was not the case as the storm was far stronger than predicted, with ferocious winds realising incredibly dangerous speeds.

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“An enormous amount of work goes into the creation of Houghton. After many months of planning, preparation and subsequently building, the festival site was presented in all it’s glory. Suffice to say dismantling it immediately after building it was indeed surreal. That said we are confident that the decisions made at a time of extreme challenge were utterly correct. We take great pride in our reputation and have made every effort to recover swiftly and with dignity. Understandably, the aftermath has been extremely complicated but by navigating the cancellation process thoroughly and in a professional manner.

“We feel this extraordinary debacle has now reached a satisfactory conclusion and are delighted to announce that the festival will take place next summer. There are already high levels of anticipation for next year’s celebration. Until then excitement must be held in suspension.

“The degree of dedication and loyalty shown toward such a young festival is truly heartwarming. That ten thousand people had enough faith in us to buy a ticket without any information of the artists performing is evidence that we are trusted in what we do. The fact that people are willing to travel from the furthest parts of the globe to spend a weekend in Norfolk is truly inspiring.

“There are already high levels of anticipation for next year’s celebration, our collective excitement is held gently in suspension. With the benefit of a full dress rehearsal, we will return with an even greater sense of purpose. The spirit of Houghton is stronger than ever.”

This year each guest was due to be given a ‘Houghton Annual 2019‘ book upon arrival. The book is a further collaboration between Houghton and The Ransom Note, which showcases the creative values and personality behind the festival itself. The 147-page book features long-form interviews, illustrations, photography, think pieces, musical reflection and beyond. 

Whilst originally intended as a gift for attendees, with the help and cooperation of a network of independent record stores, all ticket holders can collect a copy of the annual in-person for free by simply presenting proof of the original ticket purchased through Resident Advisor.

This offer will last for a period of 2 weeks from today from these locations:

  • Phonica – London 
  • Rye Wax – London 
  • Rubadub – Glasgow 
  • Tribe Records – Leeds
  • Piccadilly Records- Manchester 
  • Cafe Artum – Birmingham 
  • Idle Hands – Bristol 
  • The Love Inn – Bristol
  • Forever Records – Nottingham
  • Rough Trade – Nottingham
  • Contemporary – Nottingham 
  • Montana – Nottingham

Anyone unable to get to one of these stores can purchase a copy of ‘Houghton Annual 2019’ from Bandcamp. The price of 50p will be donated to the Marcus Intalex Foundation and there is a £5 postage charge.

The book can also be obtained for £0.01 with any purchase from June Records online.

Houghton 2019 merchandise will also be sold online via the Houghton Web Store.

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