This year’s Houghton Festival has been cancelled after the site in Norfolk was hit by bad weather - with more to come.
The news was confirmed by organisers on the festival’s Facebook page on Thursday morning.
“Over night, weather conditions on-site at Houghton Festival have dramatically worsened and are set to deteriorate further into the weekend,” they said.
“Tragically, following this morning’s reports and further consultation with authorities, health and safety and all the festival directors, the decision has been made to cancel Houghton 2019.
“We are utterly devastated. All the hard work, love and creativity that has gone into planning and producing this year’s event made this an almost impossible decision to make.
“This was set to be a wonderful weekend and the boldest step we have ever taken as a festival.
“However, nothing is more important than the safety of our customers, staff and performers, which would be compromised if we were to go ahead.
“Clearly this will cause a lot of disruption and a lot of questions.
“Please understand that this decision has been made with the deepest of consideration.”
Houghton was scheduled to start tonight, 8 August, and run until Monday 12 August at Houghton Hall.
The lineup featured the likes of Ricardo Villalobos, Four Tet, Shanti Celeste, Derrick Carter, Maayan Nidam, Ben UFO, object blue, Tama Sumo, Hunee, dBridge, Powder, Vladimir Ivkovic and many more.
Festival goers took to Twitter to express their sadness and disappointment at the cancellation of this year’s event...
Houghton has become the second major festival to cancel this weekend, after Boardmasters in Newquay was also called off due to forecasts of high winds, heavy rain and thunderstorms this weekend.