Vaudeville festival takes rain check until 2013

Natalie Woolman
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Chester’s Vaudeville Weekend has become the latest in a string of events to be cancelled due to the bad weather this summer.

The event, due to take place this month, was cancelled because of “severe weather and its effect on ticket sales”.

Neil Kendall, creative director of Goldust, who booked the acts for this year’s event, said he was told the festival’s team had decided to move it to May 2013 when “the weather has historically been more settled”. He said he had been assured the same acts would be rebooked for next year.

Speaking to The Stage, he added: “It was the UK’s first vaudeville festival, so it was a real disappointment to have such a great national following and so much interest and then to have it snatched away at the last minute.

“It seemed dreadfully disappointing to me but they have given me that assurance that we will all get booked next year to produce that event, and they want it to come back bigger and better.”

Jon Marshall, who was due to perform at the event, said: “I am disappointed for myself and the other acts at the short notice of the cancellation, as outdoor shows are booked a long time ahead and there is really no chance of rebooking that date now, but on the other hand we are very pleased that they have offered to rebook everybody and that the festival will be going ahead next year.”

This is the latest in a series of reports of live events being cancelled across the country due to bad weather. These include Stamford Riverside Festival, Delicious Food Festival, MFest and Godiva Festival among others. All have cited bad weather or flood fears in their cancellation notices

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