SHOCKED music lovers have been told the region’s star-studded MFEST festival is off this weekend - a victim of ‘adverse weather conditions’, writes Graham Walker.
Texas, with Sharleen Spiteri, Big Country, Matt Cardle, Cher Lloyd, Lawson, Beverley Knight, Bob Geldof, Paul Heaton’s The 8th and Bruce Foxton’s From The Jam were due to perform on Saturday at Harewood House, between Leeds and Harrogate.
Sheffield’s Human League were to headline on Sunday with Heaven 17, Steps, Levellers, Scouting For Girls, Ali Campbell’s UB40, Paul Heaton, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, and more.
But it’s become the latest victim of Britain’s wettest summer in recent memory - with organisers also reacting to an ‘extreme weather warning’ for the weekend from the met office, they say.
An official statement on the MFEST web site at www.themfest.com said: “It is with our deepest regret that due to the adverse weather conditions leading up to this event, in conjunction with the extreme weather warning as issued by the met office for the weekend, we were left with no other decision than to abandon this weekends MFEST.
“This was a joint decision made between the promoter,the production team, health and safety and Harewood House. “We sought advice from a number of agencies including Leeds City Council before making the decision.
“The public’s health and safety is of paramount concern, therefore it would be irresponsible to continue however disappointed we all are.
“Information on ticket refunds will be issued on Monday 9th July.”
Stars of the show and festival-goers on social network sites were still hoping the event could be re-scheduled - with a decision expected next week.
X Factor winner Matt Cardle @matt_cardle_uk siad in a tweet: “Hey guys, really bad news. Cant believe it, but Mfest has been cancelled. So sorry, so gutted xx.”
Cher Lloyd, a star of last year’s X Factor, in another tweet to fans @CherLloyd, said: “Just found out @TheMFEST has been cancelled due to the terrible weather up North. Such a shame, it was going to be an amazing festival!”
Sheffield music fan Abbie Brown-George, who was hoping to see and meet band Lawson, said on her Twitter site at @AbbieLawsonTW: “@LawsonRyan Gutted !!! MFEST cancelled . our V.I.P meet and greet with you anit going ahead :( i live in sheffield come and c me !!! xxxxx.”
MFEST, backed by with headline sponsor Morrisons and exclusive media partner Real Radio, was to have had three stages and more than 40 artists - a mix of music, comedy, children’s entertainment, rides and sport, served up with food demonstrations from celebrity chefs Aldo Zilli, Atul Kochhar, Nigel Haworth, Bryn Williams, Pierre Koffmann, Valentine Warner and Claire Clark.
The festival was supporting the Morrisons Raise a Smile charity and £5 from each adult ticket will go to Save the Children.