Newcastle’s Ignition Festival cancelled at the last minute

Frank Turner, Echo and the Bunnymen and Calvin Harris were all due to play the two day event

This weekend’s Ignition Festival, which was set to take place at Newcastle Racecourse (August 6-7), has been pulled.

Echo And The Bunnymen, Frank Turner and Calvin Harris were all set to play the two day event, which has been cancelled by the venue because the festival organisers allegedly failed to make payments to suppliers and submit an event safety plan, including details of security and first aid provisions.

The organisers approached Newcastle City Council in order to relocate the festival, but because of ‘residential issues and time constraints’, were unable to, reports BBC News.


A spokesperson from Newcastle City Council said:

We considered their request very carefully, but concluded that because we owe a duty to our residents and businesses to ensure they are properly informed, and because of the strict conditions placed on the council’s own insurance, we were unable to find a safe alternative at such short notice.

The festival organisers added:

With deepest regret we are now in a position to confirm that Ignition Festival 2011 will not be going ahead despite every effort to keep this going after this was cancelled yesterday by Newcastle Racecourse.

Ticket holders will be reimbursed and despite the fact the festival has been pulled, Frank Turner has revealed that he will still play in Newcastle this weekend. Taking to Twitter, he said that he was: “Currently working on a show in Newcastle on Saturday night. More info as I have it. The show must go on!”