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Plans to stage Burnley's second biggest music festival scrapped
PLANS to stage Burnley's second biggest music festival have been scrapped. Last year's Towneley Live festival featured some of the hottest pop bands in the country and attracted a crowd of 12, 000. Top music acts included The Saturdays, McFly and N-Dubz. But promoters said the Olympics had proved too large a distraction to organise an event this year. Civic leaders have described the decision as a 'great shame' and believe the financial climate also had an affect. Former mayor Coun David Heginbotham, who appeared on stage with The Saturdays, said: “It is very sad because 12,000 people turned up last year and everyone wanted it to happen again. “I believe they have had not had the support financially from businesses which the festival had last year and it is one of those things. “I think it has just got everything to do with the financial climate at the moment - everyone is skint. "I just hope they will be back next year.” Council leader Coun Julie Cooper said: “I am a huge believer that if you going to do something then you have got to do it properly. “The main thing is that the company has not lost confidence in Burnley - they like the infrastructure and they liked the venue. It is not going to fizzle out and I am looking forward to it being staged next year.” Last year’s event hit controversy when original promoters Livewyre slashed ticket prices in the weeks before the event to increase attendance. They had hoped to attract 30,000 people to the town for the festival, but had sold just 6,000 tickets a week before the event. Those who had paid full price for their tickets were told they would receive a discount voucher for this year’s event. Earlier this year the new promoters were adamant that the festival would still take place but the chances of success appeared slimmer as the summer progressed. Promoter Harry Ashworth's firm promised a clean break with the previous organisers but had not updated their official website for months. He said: "Because of all the Olympic activity we felt it was not practical to organise something this year. “But we going to be putting dates on our website telling people when we hope to stage the festival next year.” The promoters have a rolling licence for the event and can return next year if they enjoy an upturn in their fortunes.
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