By Rashleigh MacFarlane
The Newquay Boardmasters music festival has been cancelled, just hours before today’s scheduled opening of the three-day event.
Organisers blamed the forecast wet and windy weather. Last year 50,000 people attended.
The three-day event in Cornwall was set to be headlined by the Wu-Tang Clan, Florence And The Machine and Foals. The Met Office has warned of heavy rain and high winds.
In a statement, the festival said the decision to cancel was made after speaking with police and independent safety advisers.
Promising refund information “as soon as possible” the organisers said they were very sorry. Other acts who had been set to perform this weekend included Razorlight, Dizzee Rascal and Jorja Smith.
Devon and Cornwall police Tweeted: "If you were travelling to #Cornwall for #Boardmasters please note the event has been cancelled due to severe weather warning .. safety is paramount for our residents and visitors .. very disappointing but we have to look after our communities."
St Austell & Newquay MP Steve Double added: "Disappointing but safety has to come first."