OSFEST music festival has been postponed at short notice, angering hundreds of fans who are no longer able to attend.
The Oswestry-based organisers made the announcement just 14 days before the event was due to get underway, disappointing many young music lovers and in some cases leaving struggling families out of pocket.
OsFest was scheduled to take place at Oswestry Showground on the May Bank Holiday weekend but will now take place on August 9 and 10.
Oswestry father Matt Worsdell purchased a ticket for his 12-year-old daughter, Niamh, as a birthday present.
But changing the date at such short notice has put a dampener on her celebrations.
Describing the decision as ‘daft’, the annoyed 42-year-old said: “She was so disappointed. She was starting to get geared up and excited about it. It is so unfair.”
Niamh won’t be able to attend OsFest in August due to a family holiday.
Mr Worsdell says he is in the dark about whether he will receive a refund after organisers told him they would look at claims on a ‘case by case’ basis.
Adding further insult to injury, he says he only purchased the ticket last week.
He continued: “The timing has twisted the knife and has made me quite reluctant about buying OsFest tickets ever again.”
Mr Worsdell has now received a refund.
But it is not just scores of local people who have been affected by the decision.
Danielle Mace lives in London and bought tickets for her 15-year-old daughter Alarna, herself and a friend.
She also spent £119 on a hotel room for the weekend but expects to lose this after she was told the date cannot be refunded or transferred.
She said: “Alarna was absolutely devastated and I don’t want to lose the money for the room or the tickets.
“It is really bad of the organisers to just change the date this close to the event. I expect there will be a lot of people in the same boat as me.”
Apologising to fans, OsFest’s managing director Mike Scott said the change was due to clashes with other festivals, exam pressures on its core audience and the weather.
He says he hopes the change of date will make the event “bigger and better”.
Event director, Carly Woodward, added: “We haven’t been able to get the big headliners due to other festivals clashing, so we are moving the event in a hope to get them and boost ticket sales.
“We picked the new date because all the acts that are currently confirmed – with the exception of Wilkinson – could move to those dates.
“Obviously some people are going to have holidays booked, but we had more negative feedback from having OsFest over the Bank Holiday due to the exam period so we hope this will allow our target audience to attend.”
l Anyone now unable to attend OsFest or those who have accommodation issues should contact the festival office on 01691 680468.