The cancellation of a gay music festival in the UK has sparked fury after revelers were given less than 24-hours notice and organizers failed to properly publicize the news.
Kush Kamp at Willow Farm in Essex was billed as ‘the only gay music festival with camping’ in the country with tickets selling for up to £250.
However, rumors surfaced on Twitter today (12 July) that the four-day event, due to start tomorrow (13 July), had been axed.
A message from the site owners Willow Farm was then posted on the Kush Kamp Facebook page repeating the news, but was quickly deleted, and while an official notice has now appeared on the social network claiming the event has been postponed, no statement has been made on the festival’s website and it is still possible to purchase tickets.
Calls to Kush Kamp’s contact hotline and event manager Daniel Tait go straight to voicemail, leaving punters frustrated and angry.
Matt Horwood and five of his friends spent a total of £500 on tickets to the festival and told Gay Star News he’s distressed about possibly losing the money.
‘The money is extremely gutting because I am already on a tight budget,’ he said.
‘But it’s more because three of us were going to be travelling down from Manchester and some of us have already paid for travel.’
Owner of Willow Farm, Theresa Mhartre, says she has not been paid by Tait and is petrified many festival-goers simply won’t get the message in time.
‘I have been incredibly worried I am going to have a load of people, who have paid Daniel, turn up tomorrow expecting this event to be on,’ she told Gay Star News.
‘It’s not happening and it’s going to cause major congestion on this lane.’
Mhartre, who has been holding events on her land for 22 years, says she is furious at Tait and has also been unable to contact him.
She said: ‘He has caused me untold distress, it has tarnished my good name and the good name of my premises.’
‘I’m trying to get word out to as many people as possible that this event is not on, don’t turn up at Willow Farm and contact the organizer.’
A message on Kush Kamp’s Facebook page says the festival was cancelled tomorrow because of ‘extra conditions’ imposed on their license and bad weather conditions.
People are being offered a refund or ticket exchange.
GSN contacted Daniel Tait but have had no response.