PENNFEST has announced it has cancelled its festival for 2024.

The organisers announced this morning (April 15) that the 2024 edition of Pennfest is no longer taking place due to "lower than anticipated ticket sales."

They said the cancellation of this year's event was a necessary step to regroup and prepare for an impressive 2025 event.

"We are very sorry to announce that we are no longer able to run the 2024 edition of Pennfest.

"This is so we can take a year off and regroup for the 2025 event," they shared.

"In their announcement, the team also hinted at the wider challenges facing many similar UK and international events, some of which have also been cancelled or postponed.

"It saddens us even further that unfortunately this situation does not only apply to us with a significant number of festivals like ours in the UK and internationally already cancelling or postponing their events for the same reasons," they stated.

"Further clarification on the decision was also provided: "Over the past few months, it has become more and more apparent that with lower than anticipated ticket sales coupled with significantly increasing costs in a very challenging economic climate has made it impossible to deliver the event to the standard our customers have become accustomed to, despite looking at all available options."

While the team is devastated, their focus remains on the long-term sustainability of the festival.

"Our priority is to further high-quality experiences in the future," they added.

Ticket holders are due to be contacted regarding their refund options, although they will also have the choice to keep their tickets for the next event, which will be held at this year's price.

In the interim, preparations are underway for an exciting 2025 event, and announcements are expected in the second half of this summer.

This year's festival was suppose to see the likes of Richard Ashcroft, Jess Glynne, Paul Weller as well as Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Ella Henderson and more.

PennFest was scheduled to take place from July 19 until 21st and is known as Buckinghamshire's biggest festival located in Penn Street, Amersham.

The family friendly festival, which launched in 2011, draws in thousands of people each year and even added an extra day for this summer's event.

Locals have reacted to the news on their social media page with mixed emotions.

Scott Turner said: "Gutted having been to Every Penn since its inception, but looking forward to seeing you all in 2025."

Music band Broken Colours said: "See you guys in 2025. Sorry to hear about this, I know must of been a hard decision." 

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