Following heavy rainfall and worsening conditions overnight it with great sadness that decision was announced to cancel the festival this morning.
A statement was made via social media earlier today from festival directors Craig Richards, Tom Elkington, Tom Carpenter and Digby Neill.
"Overnight, weather conditions on-site at Houghton Festival have dramatically worsened and are set to deteriorate further into the weekend.
Tragically, following this morning’s reports and further consultation with authorities, health and safety and all the festival directors, the decision has been made to cancel Houghton 2019.
We are utterly devastated. All the hard work, love and creativity that has gone into planning and producing this year’s event made this an almost impossible decision to make.
This was set to be a wonderful weekend and the boldest step we have ever taken as a festival. However, nothing is more important than the safety of our customers, staff and performers, which would be compromised if we were to go ahead.
Clearly this will cause a lot of disruption and a lot of questions. However for now we can confirm the following:
- Houghton Festival 2019 cannot go ahead.
- Please do not travel to the show.
- Information regarding refunds will be available later today.
- Please do not request refunds until we have confirmed the process.
Please understand that this decision has been made with the deepest of consideration."
Houghton is the latest in a series of festivals which have been cancelled across the course of the week as weather warnings have been issued for the coming weekend with 40mph wind and thunderstorms forecast across the UK.
We are all absolutely gutted for the festival organisers and everyone who bought a ticket for this year's event. The energy, creativity and hard work that goes into that festival shows through everything they do.