Prestival 2014 cancelled as organisers blame Avenham Park maintenance work

Posted on - 29th June, 2014 - 3:37pm | Author - | Posted in - Avenham, City Centre, Music, Preston City Centre, Preston News, What's On in Preston
Rick Moore is aiming to recall the spirit of the Heineken Weekenders which took place in Avenham Park

Prestival aimed to recall the spirit of the Heineken Weekenders which took place in Avenham Park

A music festival due to take place in Avenham Park has been cancelled.


Prestival 2014 was due to take place on Saturday 20 September and had promised big name acts on the bill.

No acts had been announced since 13 bands from across the North West were announced in February.

Organised by Rick Moore and a team of volunteers the festival had aimed to attract an audience of 20,000 into Avenham Park evoking the spirit of the former Heineken Weekenders which took place in the 1990s.

A statement on the Prestival Facebook page posted at 2.30pm on Sunday 29 June said: “Due to essential groundwork maintenance in Avenham Park being necessary, the venue is no longer available for use for a festival.

“Regrettably, having explored all other options, we have no choice but to cancel Prestival 2014.

“Many thanks to all those who supported the event and got involved.”

Myth of Unity hail from the Fylde

Myth of Unity were due to be one of the acts playing the festival

The festival never had the official backing of Preston City Council, but events manager Tim Joel had stated in January the council’s events department was working with the organisers.

Fishwick councillor and cabinet member for resources, Martyn Rawlinson, waded into comments on the Prestival Facebook post to say: “Don’t blame the council for this, Prestival is nothing to do with the council and nothing was ever agreed.”

In April drainage works in Avenham Park were announced but were due to end in July, these have now overrun and leave Prestival high and dry.

The heavy rain left Avenham Park with a new water feature

Maintenance work in Avenham Park has been delayed due to poor weather

Had you planned to go to Prestival? What do you think of the festival being cancelled? Let us know in the comments below

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