Belfast Telegraph

Music festival Lark in the Park pulled as tickets fail to sell

By Maureen Coleman

An outdoor music festival set to take place in Co Down later this month has been cancelled because of poor ticket sales, organisers have announced.

Lark in the Park was due to run from Friday, April 29 to Sunday, May 1 at Moira Demesne, featuring headline acts Razorlight, Athlete, Divine Comedy and Tinchy Stryder.

A number of local bands and artists were also lined up to perform at the three-day event.

Announcing the decision, spokeswoman Mandie Brankin said: “It is with deep regret that we have had to cancel this year’s Lark in the Park. Various factors played a part, but primarily the current economic climate and its knock-on effect on our ticket sales have led to this decision.”

It was hoped the music festival would attract several thousand fans over the weekend, but despite the recent spell of good weather, tickets for the concerts weren't shifting.

Although Divine Comedy still have a strong fanbase in Northern Ireland, Athlete and Razorlight have had little chart success recently.

Among the local acts set to play were Nine Lies, A Plastic Rose, Mojo Fury, Foy Vance and the Really Rubbish Orchestra.

John Rossi of Nine Lies said they were “gutted” at the news of the festival cancellation. He said: “We are so disappointed for all the bands due to perform.”

Ms Brankin added: “All those who have tickets can return to point of purchase for a full refund.”

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