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Last Updated: Friday, 6 July 2007, 07:48 GMT 08:48 UK
Fans' anger at postponed festival
Placebo
Organisers expect to announce a new date for the end of the summer
Music fans across the UK have expressed anger at the postponement of a rock festival starring the Manic Street Preachers, Placebo and The Feeling.

More than 50 bands were due to perform at the Fflam Festival in Swansea's Singleton Park from 13-15 July.

Organisers blamed wet weather and said they hoped to have a new date for the end of the summer.

But fans who have made travel plans have expressed their frustration at the short notice of the postponement.

Organisers said event tickets would still be valid for the reorganised event, but refunds would also be available.

I have no faith in that announcement, because I can't see the weather is going to be any better in September
Peter Wilkey

Anne Hanson, who was due to travel from Leeds, said she was "absolutely gutted".

"I was really looking forward to it - I have been looking forward to it for months in fact," she said.

"My husband and I...are going to end up quite out of pocket apart from anything else - 68 for train tickets, plus the camping which was 30.

"And we'd both actually booked a full week off work following it because we were going to spend some time on the Gower.

"To find out eight days before the event, we're not really sure what to do now."

Clockwise from top left - Manic Street Preachers, Keane, Feeder and The Feeling
The festival line-up includes bands from the Manics to The Feeling

And Peter Wilkey, from Torquay, said he and his girlfriend were mainly going to the festival to watch Feeder play.

"The website is saying hold on there is going to be another festival later in the year, maybe in September," he said.

"I have no faith in that announcement, because I can't see the weather is going to be any better in September."

Steve Balsamo, the lead singer of The Storys, who had been due to play a home city show at the festival, said he hoped the festival could be rearranged.

"You may be able to get everybody together, you may be able to get some people together and then get other big bands to come and play it as well," he said.

"It's just really unfortunate and unfortunate for Swansea and all the music fans because it was going to be a brilliant weekend."

'Dampen'

In a statement promoter, Straight Music, said: "Due to the bad weather, we have been delayed in putting the infrastructure in place and it is a big concern that the weather conditions will hugely dampen the experience we want to give all our festival goers.

"We expect the new date to be at the end of the summer and are doing all we can do get everything reorganised as quickly and efficiently as possible so that we can confirm the date within the week."

They said full refunds would be available from point of purchase but that they would like to reassure everyone that the festival would take place.

Placebo, The Levellers and Enter Shikari were also confirmed to play at Fflam - the Welsh word for flame.


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