Rick Wakeman, Hawkwind, Barclay James Harvest, Focus were due to play the event

The two day Crystal Palace Garden Party, which was due to take place in London over the weekend of June 23-24, has been cancelled.

The event was to see performances from prog-rock acts such as Rick Wakeman, Hawkwind, Barclay James Harvest, Focus, The Strawbs and Curved Air on June 23 and The London Gala Symphony Orchestra on June 24, but has now been pulled because of ‘health and safety concerns’.

A statement released by the event organisers explains the situation further, putting it down to an unsafe stage at the South London site. They wrote:

There was some obvious weather wear to the stage and the temporary boards that were put down some time ago… However, on closer examination it seemed there might be a more serious problem. A surveyor was called and rotten joists checked etc it was discovered the dilapidation was much worse than was at first thought. It couldn’t be guaranteed to be fixed in the time available so it was felt the safest thing to do all round was to cancel the event and hopefully try again next year.

Full refunds are being issued to ticket holders. For more information, visit: Crystalpalacegardenparty.com