THE organisers of Sandbach’s Cloud 9 Festival, which attracted a crowd of over 5,000 last year, have been forced to cancel the festival due to ‘financial pressures’.
The annual music festival, held at Betchton’s Love Lane Farm, was due to feature acts such as Yousef, Benjamin Francis, Leftwich and The Whip but has now joined an ever growing list of independent UK festivals to go under this year.
In contrast to last’s year event, featuring the likes of Ed Sheeran and The Futureheads, was a sell-out.
In a written statement, organisers said “After some difficult conversations, it is with a heavy heart and deep regret that, due to financial pressures, we announce to you the cancellation of Cloud 9 Festival.
“We are so very sad to have to end a project that has been so dear to us for the past four years.
“We have seen our festival grow from a party between friends to last year’s event which saw our wonderful crowd grow to nearly five thousand.
“As we reflect on this huge achievement, only made possible by the outstanding individuals who have given to this project their limitless time and love, we can’t express how heartbreaking this decision has been to make.
“The festival environment this year has been incredibly difficult for many small, independent festivals and has proved to be too challenging for us to overcome.
“To all of our fans, followers contractors, suppliers and our fantastic crowd – thank you for your unwavering support and turning up in your thousands.
“The feedback we had last year makes us speechless with pride.
“We understand there will be some disappointment. Goodbye and have a great summer!”
The news was met with shock by local music lovers.
Jason Green, 21, from Sandbach, attended last year’s festival.
He said: “Last year’s event was a brilliant weekend and I was amazed they made it happen right here in South Cheshire.
“It’s such a huge shame because the calibre of the act was fantastic, but I’d already heard about other independent festivals having to cancel this year, so I was worried about Cloud 9.
“It just shows how quickly things can change from the sell-out last year.”
Organisers have confirmed that all tickets bought online will automatically be refunded within the next seven days.
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