Disgruntled festival goers have lashed out at the organisers of Cornish musical festival Boardmasters after it was cancelled with just 12 hours’ notice.
The three-day event which was set to host 50,000 music fans had boasted headline acts such as the Wu-Tang Clan, Florence And The Machine and Foals, was scrapped due to warnings of severe weather conditions.
Revellers took to social media as they slammed Boardmasters for allowing many of them to travel part of the way before pulling the plug on the event after the Met Office warned of wild weather, including heavy rain and high winds.
One fan said she had ‘driven six hours and 270 miles to find it had been cancelled’ while another he had spent 13 hours on a coach.
Pictures taken from social media show the infrastructure of the festival as wind blows through
People arriving at Newquay Station today looked devastated that they had travelled such a long way only to be told the festival was cancelled
Pictures from the site this morning show vans and cars leaving the area after the festival was cancelled
One music lover had taken the bus from Surrey (Andy left) and was told two hours into his journey that it had been cancelled (right the empty festival site)
Yasmine Fletcher said she had driven six hours and booked a hotel to find out the festival was cancelled
Posting on Twitter he said: ‘The fact 5 of us left at 8 o’clock this morning, and spent 13 hours on various coaches costing over 250 between us to find out 2 hours after we arrive that it’s cancelled.’
Some had even taken the night bus to the festival and on arrival, were told it had been cancelled.
Nineteen year old Brook Bell from Dover, Kent, said: ‘I’m fuming.’ He had travelled the whole country to get to Newquay for the three day surf and music event which organisers cancelled because of storms forecast for Friday and Saturday.
Tasha Davey and Lara Thomas both aged 19, at the Newquay Train station with all their festival gear
Workers were seen at the site today moving fencing away from the VIP, media and guest list tents
Today the entrances were empty as many people took to social media to slam the cancellation of the festival
Brook said: ‘It would be cheaper to go abroad for the week. And then I went out last night to drown my sorrows and lost my bank card.’
This is while Hannah O’Brien and Charlotte-Louise Summers arrived at Newquay from their homes in Bromley, Kent, today having spent more than £500 each on tickets, camping gear and food for the weekend.
‘It’s frustrating but we are trying to make light of it,’ said Charlotte-Louise.
Hannah added: ‘Some of it we can get refunded but a lot of it is on hotels, food and clothes – stuff like that that we are not going to get any use from.’
People who arrived at the festival joked as they took photos of the empty area which should have been filled with music lovers
An area which should have been brimming with music festivals today was serene and empty as many people took to social media to share their outrage
The three-day event, due to be headlined by the Wu-Tang Clan, Florence And The Machine (pictured, left) and Foals, was to take place in Cornwall this weekend. Dizzee Rascal (right) was also meant to be a headline act
Boardmasters music festival has been cancelled due to warnings of severe weather conditions, organisers said (Pictured: Boardmasters Festival 2018)
Another reveller Kristina Powell said she had not been able to sleep after she learnt the event had been cancelled.
‘I came from Cheshire to my mum in Devon on Sunday (to go on to Newquay early this morning). My cousins came from London to meet me yesterday.
‘Two more of our friends travelled to Newquay yesterday and stayed in a B&B last night. One more was on an overnight coach and arrived in Newquay at 6am.
‘At first we couldn’t and didn’t want to believe it and honestly thought it was a hoax. It all seemed a bit unprofessional – a screenshot of a statement written on a ‘notes’ app?
Social media users were outraged after some spent up to 13 hours getting to the festival from other parts of the country
Another said: ‘Imagine driving seven hours to Cornwall to find out that the festival you’ve travelled for has been cancelled’
Large lorries and vans can be seen in the background of this photo after organisers pulled the plug on the festival
People took to social media to show how the weather had hit the area (right) and how quiet it was (left)
‘The website was down, which added to our doubt. Then, when it did come back up, tickets were still available to buy.’
She said tickets were still available on the website until 1.30am, despite the festival being cancelled hours earlier.
‘I get safety is important but we’re seasoned festival-goers and that includes all weathers.’
Despite many people understanding why the festival had been cancelled, many continued to fume this morning.
Some branded the festival ‘a joke’ while another tweeted: ‘Surely they thought about this when they decided to hold a festival on the edge of a cliff in Cornwall? Beyond gutted.’
The manager of a local surf shop in Newquay said he had been hit by a double whammy by the cancellation.
Tim Rowe, from the Rip Curl shop had put on extra staff but said: ‘My biggest problem is that families are put off coming this week because of Boardmasters.
‘So not only have we lost the T shirts and hats trade from the festival goers, we wont get the families buying wetsuits and surf boards either.’
Despite weather warnings being in place, the sky looked relatively mild today in Cornwall
Weather warnings had forced the festival organisers to pull the plug on the whole weekend
Others branded the event’s organisers as a ‘joke’ after stating they had been driving for 6 hours
In a statement, the festival said the decision to cancel was made after speaking with police and independent safety advisers.
The statement said: ‘The safety of you, the fans and attendees, as well as performers and crew comes first, and the potential risk is too severe for the event to go ahead at this time.’
Refund information will be shared ‘as soon as possible’, organisers said.
They added: ‘We sincerely regret the disappointment to fans, and apologise for any disruption caused to local businesses, performers and crew who were looking forward to Boardmasters as much as we were.’
Boardmasters, a live music and surfing festival, usually takes place every year in and around the town of Newquay.
It can trace its heritage back to 1981.
Other acts who had been set to perform this weekend included Razorlight, Dizzee Rascal and Jorja Smith.
Another Twitter user hinted that organisers should have though about holding a festival ‘on the edge of a cliff’
Others highlighted the full cost of the festival from the £300 tickets to new clothes and food and drink
In a statement, the festival said the decision to cancel was made after speaking with police and independent safety advisers (Pictured: Boardmasters Festival 2018)
The three-day event was due to be headlined by the Wu-Tang Clan. Refund information will be shared ‘as soon as possible’, organisers said