10.20am: This weekend’s Riverside Festival in Stamford has been cancelled by the town council due to the weather.
The event was due to return to the Meadows in Stamford on Saturday after a year away.
Also known as Rock on the Meadows, this year’s festival was ticketed for the first time ever. Full refunds will be offered.
It is thought that Saturday’s Peterborough Arts Festival concert on Central Park will still happen as organised.
The Battle Proms at Burghley House in Stamford is still due to take place.
Burghley House said it would update its website if there are any changes to the event.
A meeting will take place to review whether the Riverside Festival can take place on a date later this year.
A statement on the festival website confirmed the cancellation this morning (Friday).
It read: “Stamford Town Council have had to call off Riverside Festival 2012 at the last minute due to safety concerns following the heavy rain overnight on July 5.
“The site is suffering from flooding in various places, including within the St John Ambulance marquee, and if it continues to rain there is a danger that the rivers surrounding the Festival site might overflow.
“Vehicles cannot currently use the site, which is waterlogged, which means that the organisers cannot continue with preparations for the Festival, and have reluctantly had to call off the entire Festival.
“We are currently in the process of contacting all of the performers and contractors involved in putting together the Festival, and we would appreciate your help in spreading the word.
“If you have purchased tickets for the event, please contact us or Stamford Arts Centre in order to arrange for a full refund.
“We apologise for any inconvenience caused by the cancellation of the Festival.”
In 2010, The Riverside Festival celebrated its 10th anniversary by expanding to two days.
However, the council refused to issue a licence for 2011 after an argument over an allegedly damaged bench.
The festival was only allowed to take place this year on the condition that tickets were sold and a maximum of 15,000 people were allowed on site during the day.
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