The outdoor stages had to be abandoned at Mathew Street, 24 hours after Creamfields also fell victim to the weather
Liverpool City Council is defending its decision to pull the plug on the outdoor stages at the Mathew Street Festival yesterday (Monday).
The risk of high winds meant the acts performing at the five different stages around the city were forced to find indoor venues.
Councillor Wendy Simon is the Liverpool City Council's cabinet member for culture and tourism. She said:
"The direction the winds were blowing in, they were blowing into the stages, particularly in the tunnel, so there would have been some risk to artists and we wouldn't have been able to have any high speakers.
"There was also concern loose items like street cones, temporary fencing and flags around could be blown around and injure people.
"I just think this year, the outdoor events industry has been devastated by the really poor weather. For all our organisations they've taken it quite hard. We've been quite lucky in Liverpool, we've got away with it for most of our major events, this is the first thing we've had to cancel."
Meanwhile, Creamfields bosses say they will release details about how to get refunds soon. The second day of the festival had to be abandoned because of flooding on the site.
A statement on the Creamfields website said:
"After a very difficult weekend we ask you all to please be patient a little longer, a refund announcement will be available shortly along with a detailed explanation on why Creamfields was abandoned.
"We know you have lots of questions and we will do our utmost to answer all your questions in time, however, our priority today is to see off the last remaining customers safely.
"Of course we know you are all disappointed, but please be assured that once it became clear that the condition of the event site presented a risk to those attending, your safety was our only concern.
"Everything that could be done to keep the festival running was, but eventually the conditions on site made it impossible."
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