Bastille were due to close the surfing and music event
Boardmasters festival was yesterday (August 10) cut short when the site was battered by the storm passing over the UK, causing the festival’s entire final day to be cancelled.
The Met Office to issue a yellow warning for rain and warn of flooding, strong winds and large waves as the remains of Hurricane Bertha swept across the country on Sunday morning, and the festival’s Watergate Bay, Newquay was not spared. Acts including Bastille, George Ezra and Catfish and The Bottlemen were among those whose performances were cancelled.
A statement from the organisers issued yesterday read: “In light of the extreme weather conditions caused by hurricane Bertha, Boardmasters Festival at Watergate Bay has been cancelled. The international surf competition will be going ahead at the Fistral Beach site, as planned.”
“Our guests, staff and performers’ safety is our main concern and we have decided that the magnitude of the conditions is too severe for the arena site to be opened.”
We deeply regret the disappointment caused to festivalgoers on the final day of Boardmasters 2014.”
Another message posted to the festival’s official website yesterday at 8pm confirms that details of how to get a refund will be issued within 72 hours.
The BBC yesterday reported that many would-be attendees congregated at the entrance to the site. “They’ve just said one of the tents collapsed,” said one. “And they’ve taken the TV screens down and it is just closed until further notice.”
Chase & Status and Snoop Dogg were among the acts to play Boardmasters 2014.