Poor ticket sales have forced the cancellation of Huddlefest 2014, a large music festival which was set to rock Greenhead Park next month.

The plans were first revealed in April when festival bosses Denzel Roach and Daniel Atkins unveiled the first set of artists and promised even bigger ones.

Bands including Fuse ODG, Utah Saints, the Inspiral Carpets and Aswad were set to star.

But with adult tickets priced at £35 and £30 for students it was perhaps little surprise that sales have been slow.

At 5pm today, organisers announced on Facebook that the event scheduled for September 20 would have to be cancelled.

Their statement said: “To put on an event of this size incurs substantial costs and is very reliant on cashflow, therefore, we were left with no choice at this stage but to cancel the event.”

Although they said they had received “outstanding” support from businesses, charities and the council “the support from the public has not been there in the numbers we needed.”

Huddlefest organisers Daniel Atkins (l) and Denzel Roach in Greenhead Park
Huddlefest organisers Daniel Atkins (l) and Denzel Roach in Greenhead Park
 

Organisers said that they had not requested any council funding as they believed there “are more worthwhile causes that would have a greater impact on the community. Our goal was to unite the community for the day.

“We had to charge for the event because of infrastructure costs, cost to hire the park, the calibre of acts we had already booked etc and without tickets selling we couldn’t cover these costs.”

Ticket holders who purchased through Eventim UK will receive a full refund as well as caterers who have paid a deposit.

Anyone who has any queries should email info@huddlefest.co.uk