Organisers of the calamitous Hope & Glory Festival in Liverpool have released a lengthy statement on the event’s Facebook site after cancelling the second day.
Billed as ‘an incredible weekend of music’ with James, The Fratellis and Razorlight due to perform, Hope & Glory brought a chaos of queues and frustration outside its St George’s Square hub.
There was limited access to toilets and refreshments for ticketholders caught in the line and police were called in to help manage the situation.
For those inside the fence line, delays meant Charlotte Church was cut from the running order with other acts playing clipped sets up to two hours later than their allotted time.
Hope and Glory Festivals Ltd’s statement apologises to ‘all customers, artists and management alike over the late stage running and the necessary cancellation of one main stage act and reduction of some set lengths’.
It goes on to single out ‘multitudinous failures by the Production Management Team, headed by Richard Agar’ as the root cause for ‘queues, opening times, bottle necking and late stage running’.
Liverpool City Council, along with its safety partners, has promised to hold an investigation into the festival’s failings.