November 5, 2013 12:22

CockRock Festival organisers confirm event will not take place in 2014

The future of the Cumbria bash is thrown into doubt

CockRock Festival organisers confirm event will not take place in 2014

Photo: Andy Willsher/NME

Organisers of CockRock Festival in Cumbria have confirmed that the event will not take place in 2014.

A message posted on Facebook by organisers says the festival is struggling with both financial and administrative problems.

"Particularly over the last few years as with many festivals we have suffered financially, this coupled with a number of unwelcome restrictions that have been placed on the festival has meant that we have struggled in many ways," it reads.

The post continues: "It's with great sadness and a very heavy heart that we must now announce that CockRock will not run in 2014. At this moment in time we cannot say if we will return again in the future, we hope this is not the end but at the moment the future for CockRock is very uncertain. We're truly gutted to say we wont be running next year and that our lovely town that we are very proud to live in no longer has a large capacity music festival."

CockRock started in 2005 as a one-off charity event before expanding to a three-day event featuring eight stages of artists in 2013. Wiley put the festival in the headlines earlier this year when he criticised the festival and those attending the event, labelling them "pagans", after he was booed off stage during his performance in July.

The grime MC was booked to perform at the festival alongside acts such as The Cribs and Reverend and The Makers. Two other Cumbrian festivals, Solfest and the Whitehaven Festival, will also not be held in 2014.

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