Underage Festival, a massive fixture in the summer calendar that’s exclusive for 13-18 year olds, has been cancelled for 2012. Bosses have lined up to blame “production problems” for the cancellation, which comes as a big blow to the season’s live music.
The one-day event was due to take place this year in London’s Shoreditch Park, a change of location from the festival’s previous home of the capital’s Victoria Park. Festival organisers have said problems for the scheduled event began when they were “forced into moving” from its original base.
Much like the globally renowned Glastonbury Festival, plans for Underage Festival this year were affected by happenings elsewhere this summer including the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the current Olympic games also staged in London.
Now in its sixth year, Underage Festival was set to play host to artists including Maverick Sabre, Devlin, Foals and Leanne La Havas. The organisers claim that they had “no choice” but to call-off this year’s festival after they ran into serious difficulties.
Writing on their website, Underage Festival say: “Due to the Olympics we were forced into moving from our usual date and home in Victoria Park to a later date and new location in Shoreditch Park. Despite a positive start to the site move from Victoria Park and repeated assurances that production levels would be suitable for a festival of this kind, we now find ourselves in a situation where we have no choice but to cancel the event.”
“Unforeseen circumstances with our site hire contract mean we are no longer able to meet production levels and we do not want to risk the safety and smooth running of an event for 13-18 year olds.”
Those who have bought tickets have been assured that refunds are available.