Poor ticket sales blamed as North East festival headlined by Primal Scream is cancelled

Chase and Status had been due to perform
Chase and Status had been due to perform

A North East festival due to feature Primal Scream, Catfish and the Bottlemen and Chase and Status has been cancelled.

Organisers of Down to the Woods at Hardwick Hall, near Sedgefield in County Durham, have cited poor ticket sales in their announcement that the two-day event has been cancelled.

After the success of last year’s Hardwick Live, it was hoped that thousands would attend the re-named Down to the Woods festival on August 13 and 14.

A statement on the festival’s website reads: “Due to the present financial climate and current ticket sales a decision has been made to not proceed with this year’s inaugural Down To The Woods Festival.

“Having taken a long hard look at this year’s event, we have had to make this very difficult decision which has not been taken lightly to cancel this year’s festival.

“If you have purchased tickets for this year’s festival you will have been sent an email regarding your full refunds.

“We would like to thank all of you for supporting Down To The Woods Festival 2016, We hope by giving you as much notice as we could you are able to make alternative arrangements this summer.

“If you have any question please contact us at Support@downtothewoodsfestival.co.uk.”

Echo and the Bunnymen had also been lined up to perform at the event, which has previously attracted crowds from around the region, as well as The Sunshine Underground and Peter Hook & The Light led by the former Joy Division and New Order frontman.

Speaking last month, festival artist booker, tinyCOW’s Lee O’Hanlon, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to land an amazing line-up like this. Primal Scream, Chase and Status, Catfish and the Bottlemen, loads more incredible acts and even more yet to come.

“Primal Scream headline much larger festivals in their own right and Catfish and the Bottlemen have already sold out the 8,000 capacity Manchester Castlefield Bowl this summer, putting in context what a massive coup securing all of these great acts really is.”

Weekend tickets for the festival had been priced at £99 per adult, £28 for young people aged 13 to 16 and £15 for children aged three to 12, whilst single day tickets were priced at £55, £15 and £8.