Tickets for troubled Live at Lydiard Festival suddenly taken off sale

Photo: Live at Lydiard
Photo: Live at Lydiard

Tickets to one of Swindon's biggest music festivals have been suddenly pulled from sale, weeks after it was refused a licence to hold the event.

Last year's successful event saw 10,000 people gather in Lydiard Park with big names such as Anne-Marie and Dizzee Rascal headline.

But this year, they had plans to move the event to Park Farm on Hook Street in Lydiard Tregoze - before Wiltshire Council refused their event licence at the end of April.

After weeks of speculation of whether the event will go ahead, ticketholders are still in the dark.

This week, when you click through to buy tickets for the August 20 festival it takes you to the ticket platform site Fever where the following message can be seen: "This event is no longer available, but there are plenty of other experiences and events on Fever. Check them out!"

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Tickets for 2022's event went on sale in March sparking excitement but towards the end of April, it was dealt a major blow when Wiltshire Council ruled in a licensing sub-committee meeting that it would not be allowed to go ahead.

Following this decision the festival's organisers, Culture Collective, released a statement which said: "Following our official licence hearing on April 26, we are reviewing the response from the council and will have an official update on the situation at the beginning of next week."

No further updates have been made since then and the last post on the Live at Lydiard's Facebook page was on April 13 when it announced the first few acts - Rag 'N' Bone Man, Jax Jones and Example.

The move to Park Farm was to try and increase the capacity of the event, but Swindon Borough Council, Lydiard Park and Environmental Health all wrote in objections to the move, sharing concerns over the running of last year's event.

Read: Live at Lydiard plan to change venue refused by Wiltshire Council

Sharing these concerns, Wiltshire Council turned down the licensing bid.

Councillor Ian Blair-Pilling, speaking on behalf of the subcommittee said: "There was a lack of evidence regarding the crowd management in place for an event with a potential for 15,000 patrons in attendance, alongside appropriate traffic management and the impact that the event could have on the local community area.”

The Culture Collective and Wiltshire Council were approached for comment, but neither responded before the Adver's deadline.