Weather forces festivals off stage

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Mathew Street Festival © Trinity Mirror

Thousands of music fans were left frustrated over the bank holiday weekend as two big music gatherings, the Mathew Street Festival and Creamfields, had to cancel events because of poor weather.

High winds forced the cancellation of the outdoor concerts of the hugely popular Mathew Street Festival in the city centre on Monday, although indoor gigs went ahead, as did Sunday’s programme.

Liverpool Councillor Wendy Simon, cabinet member for leisure and tourism, said: “We are very sad to say that today’s events on the main stages have had to be cancelled due to predicted high winds.

“The decision was taken this morning after meetings with health and safety officers and the police. It’s such a shame after all the hard work everyone has put in, but our first concern has to be keeping people safe.”

Meanwhile, heavy run and local flooding put paid to the final day of the Creamfields dance music festival in Daresbury, where Calvin Harris, Tiësto, Deadmau5 and Groove Armada were among those set to perform on Sunday.

A Cheshire Police spokesman said: “Due to inclement weather over the last 24 hours, significant and heavy flooding has affected the Creamfields arena.

“There is localised flooding on site and on the roads around the A56 Chester Road. No serious casualties have been reported and Cheshire Police and partner agencies are supporting event organisers in ensuring the safety and welfare of festival goers.”


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