The Boardmasters Music festival which is in its 15th year has been cancelled amid severe storm forecasts – just 12 hours before gates were due to open.
The event which is situated on the coast at Watergate Bay in Newquay, Cornwall – was set to be headlined by Wu-Tang Clan, Florence + The Machine, Razorlight and Foals and was due to play host to over 50,000 people.
Organisers said on Tuesday night that they were cancelling after speaking to police and others ahead of strong winds and heavy rain forecasted for Cornwall on Friday and Saturday.
Although the music acts were not due to start until the Friday, the festival's gates were due to open on Wednesday.
Furious fans vented their frustration on social media hitting out at the last-minute decision. Thousands of Festival-goers are now stranded in Cornwall with nowhere to stay, with hotels and campsites fully booked up at the height of the Summer holidays.
The Met Office has issued a Yellow Weather Warning for heavy rain and thunderstorms for much of England and Wales on Friday and said Cornwall faced strong winds with a chance of flooding and power cuts.
A Statement from Boardmasters Organisers was posted at 23.20 on Tuesday stating:
Due to forecasted severe weather conditions, specifically high winds, Boardmasters 2019 has been cancelled.
Following full consultation with all of the relevant authorities including independent safety advisors, Devon & Cornwall Police, emergency services and the Met Office, a final decision was made yesterday evening (6th August).
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 advice will be shared as soon as possible - please follow Boardmasters’ social media for official updates.
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.