Festival of House cancelled

Wayne Dunbar of the Rhumba Club and Festival Director Craig Blyth at the grand entrance to Panmure Estate, chosen site for the first Festival of House.

Wayne Dunbar of the Rhumba Club and Festival Director Craig Blyth at the grand entrance to Panmure Estate, chosen site for the first Festival of House.

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A brand new music festival proposed to take place just outside Carnoustie has been cancelled the organisers have announced.

The Festival of House, an electronic dance music festival that had been proposed to take place on the Panbride Estate will now not take place this summer due to organisers feeling that key plans would not be able to be resolved in enough time.

Full refunds will be available as tickets have been sold in the run up to the two day dance music festival which was pencilled in for June 10 and 11.

Craig Blyth, director of Festival of House, explained: “It is with much regret we are announcing this year’s Festival of House will not go ahead.

“We are extremely disappointed to have reached this decision. The gap between all parties in terms of key plans is such that it is incapable of resolution in the time left before the event and that to go forward with tomorrow’s licensing hearing would be harmful to the relationship between the parties involved.

“We have proposed a formal debriefing to Angus Council, presenting an opportunity to look forward to planning another event timeously for next year. Lessons can be learned by all parties from such an exercise.

“We dispute entirely any suggestion the event would not be safe. The safety and wellbeing of fans and residents has been our priority from the outset, and we feel the core safety plans in place are comprehensive and robust.

“We would like to thank the many thousands of supporters who have unequivocally voiced their desire over the last twelve months for the festival to take place. This includes residents, local businesses and fans, many of whom were travelling to Angus for the first time from across the country, and who were looking forward to enjoying a weekend of world class music in a beautiful part of Scotland.

“The festival would have brought significant benefits to the region and generated a much needed, long lasting economic legacy.

“Most of all we would like to express our disappointment to the thousands of fans who have bought tickets for the festival and offer them our sincere apologies.

“We would like to reassure fans who have bought tickets a full refund will be swiftly administered. Refunds will start to be processed by Skiddle next week. Any further queries should be directed to info@festivalofhouse.co.uk”

Angus Council can confirm that the event organiser of the proposed Festival of House have today withdrawn their applications to stage the event.

As a result of their decision, the special meeting tomorrow (Friday, April 29) of the Civic Licensing Committee and the Angus Licensing Board will not go ahead.