The High Definition Festival that was rescheduled at the Hop Farm has been cancelled, three weeks before the event was due to be held.
The Festival was originally going to take place at Eridge Park in July, but was re-arrranged in May with the organisers saying in was due to “unresolvable issues” not caused by High Definition or the venue Eridge Park.
Many disgruntled ticket holders who couldn’t make the new dates are still trying to get there money refunded, and an online petition has been started.
Now just a week after more acts were added to the line-up, the organisers and venue are blaming each other for the last minute cancellation. High Definition have posted the following message on their Facebook page:
It is with great regret that the rumours are true and The Hop Farm have cancelled High Definition Festival. Please check back later today for a full statement and instructions for ticket holders.
The organisors of HD do not accept ‘The Hop Farm’ had valid reasons for cancelling the festival and the matter is now in the hands of solicitors. Further announcements about refunds will be made as soon as possible.
It is with deep regret that The Hop Farm has to announce the cancellation of HD (High Definition) festival which was due to take place on 5-6 September 2015. We understand that this has caused disappointment amongst fans, ticket holders and of course ourselves, but unfortunately The Hop Farm was left in a position where its event licence was in serious jeopardy.
The Hop Farm has a good relationship (and works closely) with the Council and nearby residents to provide responsible events and in doing so it keeps within the parameters set out in its licence. The organisers of the HD festival failed to sufficiently evidence that these parameters had been met and on time in order for the event to proceed.
Ticketholders should contact the HD Festival for any further information concerning tickets and/or the event and not The Hop Farm.
The dance festival moved to East Sussex in 2014 after previously being held at Forest Farm in Essex for the previous three years. The local newspaper, the Wanstead & Woodford Guardian, reported that Redbridge Borough Council revoked their licence after failures in the organisation of the event in 2013: www.guardian-series.co.uk. The minutes of the Licencing Sub-commiteee meeting can be read in full here (items 8 & 10).
If you are one of the people still trying to get your money back when the event at Eridge Park was re-arranged in May, please get in touch with CrowboroughLife by email Stephan@CrowboroughLife.com.