Summer music fest is put back a year

Martin Jump
Martin Jump

AN EXCITING new music festival - Wuchiefest - which was to make its debut this summer has had to be postponed.

In March, The Evening Post exclusively broke the news that Wuchiefest would make its debut in Woodshaw Park, Aspull, on August 10 and 11.

But now organisers have had to pull out due to logistical reasons and problems with the licence.

Martin Jump, chairman of Aspull Rugby Football Club, said: “It is with regret that we are postponing the event and concentrate on doing it next summer.

“A few of the deadlines were a bit unrealistic and so we decided to take a step back and get things in place for 2014.

“There was a number of reasons. One was getting a blue route sorted – a traffic management plan for the emergency services, which needed to be done by May 20.

“We have worked really closely with Wigan Council and their officers have been really helpful and offered great advice with planning many details, but again, we were unable to meet their deadline of May 20.

“We could not put tickets on sale confidently and so decided to postpone,

“We had some exciting band lined up, which is a major disappointment, but we do hope to get acts of a similar calibre next year.

“We put a lot of work into this, so it is a shame.

“But we are all volunteers, organising things in our spare time, so it was impossible to reach deadlines.

“We could have got everything in place a lot nearer the time, but we were not meeting the council’s criteria band so had to reconsider.

“The authority was not being counterproductive. We understand that officers had to make sure that we do everything responsibly and safely.”

With planning permission already granted, the event was to be spread over three stages across the two rugby pitches, collectively holding up to 3,000 people.

Fraser Boon, owner of the Mad Ferret pub in Preston, and The Ark Preston founder Gareth Butterworth, have also been involved in organising the festival.

Gareth said: “The reasons for this decision are completely out of our hands.

“We have spent countless days/nights on this since December last year and there’s no-one as gutted as us.

“We cannot apologise enough to anyone who was looking forward to this.

“We are working tirelessly in getting everything in place for this to happen in 2014.”