The popular and long-running Beverley Folk Festival has been cancelled after going into administration – meaning that those with advance tickets will be unable to acquire a refund.
The festival, which started in 1984 and was set to return to Beverley Racecourse for a sixth time in June, was due to see performances from the likes of Turin Brakes – with advance weekend tickets costing £110-£130. Now, the general future of the festival has been cast into doubt.
“It is with immense sadness and regret that we have to announce this year’s festival cannot go ahead,” a spokesman said in a statement.
“Beverley Folk Festival is a non-profit-making-organisation run by a dedicated team of volunteers. Unfortunately, we have recently discovered we have lost our primary source of funding, so we simply do not have the money to pay for the infrastructure of the performers.”
They continued: “We know there will be a lot of people who are as disappointed as we are, but we you will understand that under the circumstances in which we find ourselves, it is not possible to run the event.”
Now, after directors have placed it into a state of creditors’ voluntary liquidation, festival-goers are urged to talk to their card issuer for refunds.
“Unfortunately, the company is unable to refund those people who have bought tickets in advance of the festival,” the spokesman continued. “If you have made a deposit for or paid for goods or services by credit or debit card and the goods or services are not going to be received by the due date, you may be able to get your money back by claiming a refund from your card issuer.”
Speaking to the BBC, Chris Wade, who helped found the festival but has not been involved in it in recent years, said: “It’s like a part of my family it’s very sad to have lost it.
“I’m sure many people, musicians and audiences, will be very upset.”
The Proclaimers and Billy Bragg are among the names to have performed at Beverley Folk Festival over the years.