Music festival in Liverpool cancelled after complaints over delays
Lightning Seeds and Reverend And The Makers were due to perform at the festival on Sunday.
A music festival has been cancelled after complaints about delays on its opening day.
The Hope and Glory Festival was being held for the first time in Liverpool this weekend but festival-goers complained of large queues on Saturday and singer Charlotte Church was pulled from the line-up following a two-hour delay.
On Sunday morning a message posted on the festival’s social media accounts said: “No festival today.”
A statement on the Merseyside Police City Centre Twitter account confirmed the event had been cancelled.
Acts including Lightning Seeds, Hacienda Classical and Reverend And The Makers were due to perform at the event in Liverpool city centre on Sunday.
Police assisted stewards on Saturday afternoon after large queues formed outside.
1. Hello! Just to let you know we have been pulled from the hope and glory lineup due to them running 2 hours behind. We're gutted! We...— Charlotte Church (@charlottechurch) August 5, 2017
Tim Booth, lead singer of band James, tweeted after the group’s performance on Saturday night saying: “Well that was f***ed up. Sorry everyone was messed around so badly.
“Hope you managed to find some pleasure amongst the chaos.”
Church, who performed at another venue in the city after her set was cancelled, wrote on social media: “Just to let you know we have been pulled from the hope and glory line-up due to them running 2 hours behind. We’re gutted!”
The festival is definitely cancelled today.— Tim Booth (@RealTimBooth) August 6, 2017
Before the cancellation was announced, a message was posted on the festival’s Facebook page blaming delays on the event’s production manager.
The post, which included his name and email address, said he had not completed the site on time or provided planned bridged walkways.
Acts Lightning Seeds and Clean Cut Kid found an alternative venue in Liverpool to perform at after the cancellation.
& thanks to everyone in the great city of Liverpool who has helped us to arrange a gig for tonight!!!— Lightning Seeds (@Lightning_Seeds) August 6, 2017
The groups arranged to play at venue The Zanzibar on Sunday evening, with free entry offered to those with festival tickets.
In a message posted on its Twitter page, Clean Cut Kid said: “So ‘Hope And Glory’ festival has been cancelled today. Gutted we won’t be playing to our fave hometown crowd.”
The band said there was a “bigger casualty”, as organisers had reportedly pledged to donate all profits from the event to victims of the Manchester bombing.