Lost Vagueness' Lost Weekend Not Yet Lost
June 08, 2006, Press Dispensary. Lost Vagueness, organisers of the Lost Weekend festival scheduled for 23 - 25 June at Powderham Castle, Devon, is announcing that the event is not yet definitely cancelled.
There have been rumours of cancellation circulating for the last day or so after the festival's financial backers, AEGLive, dropped the bombshell that they were pulling out. The exit of AEGLive was confirmed at 11am yesterday (Wednesday 7 June) and cancellation was formally announced yesterday afternoon, with a cancellation notice appearing on the event website. However, since that time a new potential backer has come forward and the festival organisers are now deep in discussion about the possibility of rescuing the event. A decision one way or the other is expected to be announced at 6pm tonight.
Lost Weekend organiser Roy Gurvitz said: "Obviously we were devastated when AEGLive told us they were pulling out. It was completely unexpected that they should leave us in the lurch like this at the 11th hour. We felt especially sorry for the artists and the ticket holders who were looking forward to a fantastic substitute to Glastonbury. However, all really is not lost. We're having serious discussions with the new potential backer and we hope to be able to announce this evening that the Lost Weekend is going ahead after all."
Ticket-holders are asked to be patient while this new avenue of funding is explored. Roy Gurvitz continued: "If we do have to cancel, I can reassure all ticket holders that they will refunded. However, we truly hope it won't come to that. Our aim at this monent to ensure that everything goes ahead."
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Notes for editors
On 23 May 2006, Lost Vagueness announced that the Lost Weekend was to be staged at Powderham Castle, near Exeter, to fill the gap left this year by the absence of Glastonbury. Lost Vagueness has a strong history of festival success. As well as running the only field in Glastonbury’s history to be closed due to overcrowding in 2003, and proving a big success at Glasto 2004 and 2005, Lost Vagueness has staged its own events at Strawberry Fair (Cambridge), Stokefest (Stoke Newington) and The Coronet (London), where the Lost Elephant Ball sold out in May 2006. It also showcased a selection of acts at The Lovebox festival in Victoria Park, The Electric Picnic Boutique Festival in Ireland, and ran its own festival near Lewes, East Sussex, in late summer 2004 and 2005.
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Roy Gurvitz, Lost Vagueness