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Electric Fields festival to cease trading following cancellation of 2019 event

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Organisers of the Electric Fields music festival have confirmed its cancellation.

The event, which had been controversially relocated to Glasgow earlier this year from its usual site in Dumfries and Galloway, was due to take place at the city’s SWG3 in July.

Frank Turner, Friendly Fires and Kyle Falconer were among the acts due to play over the three day festival.

Screenshots of the festival’s ticket booking website circulated on social media yesterday, showing a message that the event had been cancelled and to get in touch to claim a refund.

Today, the official Electric Fields accounts shared a statement confirming the news, saying: “With a heavy heart, we are having to cancel Electric Fields 2019.

“This decision has not come lightly, and we have put in our all to try avoid this outcome, however we have been faced with challenges that we simply cannot overcome.”–LVEfyNpfLAXztphPST86xs1bEOO3KvkGTzKeAcGfDwiUWqFHIssWDeR7t07Bh_Q&__tn__=-R

The statement added that Electric Fields would now cease trading and that customers should contact the outlets they purchased tickets from to secure a refund.

The organisers added: “We cannot thank you enough for your support over the years, and we are truly sorry that we have not been able to make this work for another.

“Never did we think the party we threw in a field in Thornhill for 100 of our friends would turn into a party for 7000 in the grounds of a castle.

“Especially not in 5 short years. But it did, and that is thanks to all of you who came along and made it what it was.”

A number of previous festival-goers shared their sadness at the cancellation on social media.

David Park commented: “Went to the last two festivals and they were both brilliant. A lot better festival experience than your bigger festivals. Sad day that this happened.”

Paul Banks wrote: “Gutted but unfortunately their decision to move away from an actual festival to a warehouse and the change of dates has resulted in its downfall. Gonna miss it. Best wee festival in Scotland.”

Brian Williamson said: “Sad to hear this and sorry to hear this outcome. Thank you all for all your work in bringing a variety of large acts to the region and equally giving the local bands a stage to show everyone the talent our region has to offer.

“Sadly missed but hopefully you’d guys will be able to regroup and hopefully arrange other events locally in future years. It’s something the region needs.”

Over 8,000 people were in attendance at last year’s Electric Fields for Friday night headliner Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds.

Other acts to have performed at the festival over the years include Primal Scream, Frightened Rabbit, Teenage Fanclub and Public Service Broadcasting.

This year’s event had been uprooted from the outdoor setting of Drumlanrig Castle, where it had been held for five years, to Glasgow’s SWG3 – a former warehouse.

It meant that there was no longer the option for revellers to camp on site for the weekend.

The relocation, announced in April, led to many customers demanding refunds, with organisers blaming costs and logistical challenges for the venue change.


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