This year’s Hop Farm Festival – a two-day live music event that has been taking place every summer in Kent’s Wood Paddock since 2008 – has been cancelled, and prospects for its future are reportedly looking rather bleak indeed.
This year’s planned headliners included My Bloody Valentine, Rodriguez, The Horrors and The Cribs, and in the past Hop Farm has attracted names as big as The Eagles, Bob Dylan and Prince. However, a statement this week from organiser Vince Power revealed that a lack of interest in the festival, along with resultant poor ticket sales, have left the committee with no choice but to cancel the entire weekend:
“We have worked very hard to try to make it work but it has proved too much of a mountain to climb and despite fighting hard, circumstances are such that based on poor ticket sales and the forecast selling rate substantial losses would be made… It is a surprise for us that after 8 weeks of heavy marketing and with such a great bill that we have to cancel, though we are convinced this does not reflect on the artists, it highlights the poor economic climate.”
Power went on to thank Hop Farm’s staff, suppliers and contractors, and confirmed that all ticket holders would be refunded at the point of purchase.