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Garden Party organisers issue refunds

HEADLINERS: The Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess on stage at the Garden Party on the second night of the festival. PHOTO: Mike Wade MW120707 (356).

HEADLINERS: The Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess on stage at the Garden Party on the second night of the festival. PHOTO: Mike Wade MW120707 (356).

ORGANISERS of the weather-hit Garden Party have confirmed that it has completed the refund process for the festival.

And they say that all payments will be issued to customers this week.

The first night of the two-day event, at Begoade, in Onchan, on July 6-7, had to be abandoned for safety reasons at 7pm following a day of rain and high winds.

In a written statement released by organisers on Monday it said: ‘The Garden Party have completed the refund process for the event, abandonment claims and all payments will be issued to customers this week.

‘Adverse weather threatened to cause health and safety issues for performers and customers during the first day of July’s event so Friday’s line-up was cut short before great acts like Yashin, Reverend and the Makers and Newton Faulkner could take to the stage.’

It continues: ‘The Garden Party would like to thank everyone’s kind words and support regarding the difficult decision and their continued support for what turned out to be a glorious day of music and fun on the Saturday.’

Some of the acts decided to relocate to perform at Jabberwocky, in Douglas, and those revellers who were lucky enough to get there before the venue reached full capacity got to see the likes of Newton Faulkner and Reverend and the Makers perform.

Meanwhile, everyone with a Friday-only ticket was invited to go back to the Garden Party on Saturday for nothing.

Alternatively, they were invited to request a refund, upon receipt of a complete Friday wristband or full Villa Marina ticket.

In addition, so that weekend ticket-holders didn’t miss out, organisers said they were willing to provide them with a partial refund.

On October 19 organisers posted a message on the Garden Party’s Facebook page saying: ‘As you can see from the picture attached the wheels are now turning and we are beginning the refund procedure.

‘We’re sorry this has taken a little longer than expected but thank you to everyone who has stood by us.’

Weekend tickets cost £50 for adults and £30 for under-16s, while one-day tickets were £30 for adults and £20 for under-16s. The festival, which was in its third year, was originally called Fockerfest.

It was renamed the Garden Party in 2011 after a traditional Manx social event, which precedes Tynwald Day.

The 2012 event was a new era for the Sure Garden Party festival, moving away from solely Manx acts.

This year, it also featured international headline acts, two additional performance areas and the introduction of family entertainment.

The biggest coup of the festival was indie icons The Charlatans who headlined on the Saturday night. Saturday’s line-up also included Starsailor frontman James Walsh and Turin Brakes.

 

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