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Mayor's appeal over cancelled Looe Music Festival

Mayor's appeal over cancelled Looe Music Festival

Published by Emma Carton at 7:34am 4th September 2018. (Updated at 1:52pm 4th September 2018)

The mayor of Looe insists the town is trying to come up with a Plan B after its music festival was cancelled.

Pirate FM told you the charity in charge of the sell-out event is going into administration.

The announcement was made on Monday, just weeks before LooeFest is due to begin.

Anyone who bought tickets is being urged to give organisers a few days breathing space.

Janet Martin bought early bird tickets  last year and told Pirate FM she hoped the announcement might be a joke.

"I was actually looking on the Looe Music Festival website to buy tickets for a friend to join me and I realised they were saying sold out.

"So when I looked a bit closer I noticed that they said it was cancelled. At first I thought it was a joke because it's been going for years.

"I'm absolutely gutted and shocked because it's such a big festival.

"But I've booked the campsite with the caravan and camping club, so I'm going to go anyway".

Mayor of Looe, Armand Toms, has confirmed acts booked by pubs and the town's other live entertainment venues will still perform.

"The charity that has run the event has gone into insolvency, this is a shock to both myself and the town it's an issue we've got to deal with and we're looking at what we can and can't do but as it's such short notice we will have to work on that quite hard.

"We've had a meeting with community leaders and will again tomorrow to see what we can do. 

"The pubs and clubs around the town that have already booked acts will go ahead as normal.

"I've spoken to a few of them already and they will put something on and I've had a couple of offers from people who are willing to stage something, at the sea front and elsewhere.

"We're trying to pull together a plan B, as of yet we don't know what that will be and how we do that but the community will pull together as it always does in times of crisis".

"I have no idea what will happen to those with tickets, what the charity are going to do and what they need to do under the insolvency act is entirely up to them but we as a town need to deal with this and it's something we will work really hard to deal with. 

"Even I was looking forward to it, although I don't go and see the acts I like the buzz around the town.

"It brings an awful lot of money into the local economy, about 18 million pounds over the period of the festival.

"People have booked and paid for accommodation to come here for the event in three weeks time so we need to at least try and give them a show of some sort". 

Mayor Armand Toms

“As Mayor I am concerned about the loss of reputation to the town.”

“We just ask ticket holders, residents, businesses and performers to give us a few days breathing space to see if we can come up with a plan B”.

"We are asking for the towns patience, help and support to make this happen".

Mayor Armand Toms

Pirate FM understands a meeting will be held at the town's Millpool Centre on Wednesday evening, for anyone who bought tickets.

You can check the festival's website for further updates.

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