Severe weather brings Boardmasters 2014 to an early end

Boardmasters festival has been cancelled due to Hurricane Bertha

Photographer: Dominic MeasonVirtual Festivals on 10 August 2014

Organisers of Boardmasters Festival, held annually in Watergate Bay, Newquay, Cornwall, made this following statement:

"In light of the extreme weather conditions caused by hurricane Bertha, Boardmasters Festival at Watergate Bay has been cancelled. The international surf competition will be going ahead at the Fistral Beach site, as planned.
 
"Our guests, staff and performers' safety is our main concern and we have decided that the magnitude of the conditions is too severe for the arena site to be opened.
 
"We deeply regret the disappointment caused to festivalgoers on the final day of Boardmasters 2014.
 
"Customers are advised to visit www.boardmasters.co.uk for refund information."

The area along the South West coast is being most heavily affected by Hurricane Bertha this weekend, with winds nearing 40 miles per hour and torrential downpours across the region. The Met Office has issued a severe weather warning for the entire country.

The event is a combination of live music and a surf & skate contest over four days and this year featured performances from Chase & Status, Snoop Dogg (aka Snoop Lion), Zane Lowe, The Cribs and Mistajam.

Bastille were due to headline the event tonight (Sunday, Aug 10) and had their show cancelled, as have Peace, Reel Big Fish, George Ezra, Catfish & The Bottle Men, and many more acts.

BBC Newsbeat reported that festival-goers were waiting at the gates this morning before being told the event had been cancelled for health and safety reasons. "They've just said one of the tents collapsed." 16-year-old Emily Musket told Newsbeat. "And they've taken the TV screens down and it is just closed until further notice."

Despite the music cancellation, the surf events on Fistral Beach continued in the stormy weather. Refund details for ticket-holders are to be confirmed within the next 72 hours.

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