Surrey's Guilfest shuts down after 21 years

Organisers cite worst weather in festival's history and increased competition for closure

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Surrey music festival Guilfest will shut down after 21 years.

Organisers cite the worst weather conditions in its history this summer, and increased competition from other events as the main reasons for pulling the plug on the bash in Guilford, according to BBC News.

"I'd love to see Guilfest keep going, but I think it's got to be somebody who takes the helm or somebody who would need deeper pockets," organiser Tony Scott said. His company Scotty Events Ltd has been left with debts of around £300,000.

This year's bash – which was headlined by Jools Holland, Ash, Olly Murs and Bryan Ferry – faced heavy rain over three days in July. "It rained on the Saturday and Sunday in 2011, but this year I've never known anything like it," Scott said. " It was a quagmire by Saturday and [by] Sunday it had turned into sticky bog."

He added: "There was a lot of competition this year. The Olympics were on, a lot of people were going to that...There was Tom Jones playing up the road at Sandown Park, Bruce Springsteen was playing in London, and there was an awful lot going on around our weekend as well as the bad weather."

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