Troubled pop festival Hit Factory Live rescheduled as indoor Christmas bash

The event will now take place at London's O2 Arena on December 21

The cancelled Hit Factory Live event has been rescheduled for December 21 – and rebranded as ‘Christmas Cracker’.

Helmed by Pete Waterman, the nostalgic Hit Factory Live event was originally due to take place in Hyde Park on July 11, but was cancelled on July 10. Organisers blamed “severe and unprecedented weather conditions” and the lack of turnaround time after the previous weekend’s Wireless Festival.

The new event will take place at London’s O2 arena. Waterman says: “We were devastated when Hyde Park’s Hit Factory Live had to be cancelled. The moment had passed, that was it. So I then decided that maybe we could do something indoors.”


As before, the line-up is comprised of artists linked to Pete Waterman’s 25 year-old record label PWL and the songwriting team of Stock, Aitken Waterman. They include Steps, Rick Astley, Bananarama and Jason Donovan. Last time around, there were strong rumours that Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan would reunite to perform their Stock, Aitken and Waterman-penned duet ‘Especially For You’. Asked if it might still be on the cards for the new date, Waterman replied: “Everybody’s on the bill that would have been on the bill at Hyde Park. As ever, I can’t give away too many secrets. The thing with all these things is, you have to wait and see.”

To check the availability of Hit Factory Live tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/TICKETS now, or call 0871 230 1094.

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