Three-day live music festival Leighton Live canceled due to ‘rising costs’

A three-day live music festival that was supposed to take place during the Queen’s Day weekend has been cancelled.

Hosted by the people behind Lancaster’s Highest Point festival, Leighton Live was set to take place over the party weekend from Friday 3rd June to Sunday 5th June on the historic grounds of Leighton Hall Estate in Carnforth, with headliners including UB40, Ministry of Sound Disco, The Halle and Sister Sledge.

However, a statement posted tonight on the festival’s Facebook page cited “increasing costs” and the “risk to Highest Point” as reasons for the cancellation.

The statement read: “It is with great sadness that we have made the decision to cancel this year’s three-day Leighton Live music festival.

“We often see people citing all kinds of reasons for canceling events, but we don’t want to deviate from the truth – with two weeks to go, the whole project is just not going to work.

“Events are ridiculously expensive things to organise, with the ever-increasing costs required to set up any event are covered not only by ticket sales, but also by the on-site bars and catering.

“It has taken us the past four years to get Highest Point Festival to break even and have a secure future, and continuing with Leighton Live would seriously jeopardize that.

“We’ve been going through several predictions and scenarios over the past week, but in the end we have to make the decision to cancel the event rather than incur even more costs for delivering the show.

“We would like to say a big thank you to everyone who has supported us along the way, in faith in the event and in what it could have been, especially Lucy and the entire team at Leighton Hall for giving us this opportunity.

“Those who bought tickets will be automatically refunded in the coming days.”

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