More than 2,000 ticket-holders from across the globe have been left disappointed after organisers of a music festival were forced to cancel the event at Houghton Hall.
Pearl Festival was set to bring revellers and DJs from across the UK, Europe and Asia for a four-day celebration of psychedelic trance music, but just days before the event was due to begin, organiser announced its cancellation through the festival’s Facebook page.
On Tuesday night, the spokesman said: “A big shout out to all the Pearl Family out there. Venture capital would make this happen. We have had an unexpected problem with cash flow and need an investor who would make this happen.”
Ticket-holders began frantically posting on the webpage as they raised concerns over the future of the festival, despite tickets still being sold online for the event that was due to begin today.
One angry reveller commented: “Three days before is NOT the time to do this, people who have paid for tickets have already invested their time and money into this which for some was going to be their year’s holiday.”
Within hours, a further message was posted on the event’s Facebook page, reading: “Dear All, the people that have given us such massive support, I regret to inform you and offer my deepest apology for cancelation of the Pearl Festival 2013.”
The following day, a message appeared on the official website for the festival, which said: “It is with great regret that we have had to cancel this year’s event. We are currently making official email announcements to all of our ticket holders and will be releasing more detailed information over the course of the next two days.
“We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused and we thank you for all of your support. We will be making extreme effort to be in touch with each and every ticket holder as soon as possible.”
Robert Miller, agent for the Cholmondeley Estate, said: “We at the Houghton estate are very disappointed that the managers at Pearl Festival were not able to stage this happy and safe event which we were really looking forward to.
“We believe that every ticket holder has been contacted and will know not to turn up.”
The festival had promised a world-class lineup of international DJs who have already been flown in from as far as South Africa, Malaysia and India as well as across Europe and the UK.
The festival should have started today and ended on Monday, with a 24-hour license for constant music throughout. Tickets costed revellers £80 and vendors who were to sell their wares at the festival were charged a pitch price of £50.