With just eight days to go, Beach Break Live bosses are on the hunt for a new festival site after being refused planning permission for their proposed St Agnes venue.
10,000 students are set to descend on Cornwall to watch performances from the likes of Dizzee Rascal and Mystery Jets, with organisers now working on a Plan B to get the event to go ahead, reports ThisIsCornwall.co.uk.
In a statement released by the festival, organiser Celia Norowzian said: “With great regret the sold out 10,000 capacity Beach Break will not be taking place as planned in St Agnes next week.
“The festival had received a license but was refused planning permission due to concerns about safety issues, traffic problems and the protection of bats if on site."
“An event of this type would normally only require a premises license.
“In a completely unique set of circumstances, the patch of Cornwall where the event was planned is covered by a law named Article 4, which means the event also requires planning permission.
“We now feel we have exhausted every possible legal channel to try and ensure the event goes ahead on the planned site.
“We offered to stop ticket holders from using the beaches for safety reasons and to close the quarry venue to stop potential harm to the bats that may potentially preside there.
“Our traffic plan had already been signed off and approved by the Police and the authorities and Phil Mason, head of Cornwall Planning and Regeneration, did agree that the three concerns had been fully mitigated.”
“With a sold out event and festival go-ers raring to kick start their summer, we are determined that the show must go on.”
Beach Break Live 2009 is set to run from 16-19 June. Check back for further details when we have them.