An ALCOHOLIC event due to take place in Priory Park next month has been cancelled by the organisers due to low ticket sales.
Prosecco in the Park received plans for one year, instead of the proposed five, at an alcohol and entertainment licensing sub-committee last month.
An attendance of 5,000 people was estimated over the three days for the festival which was set to occupy all of the park eastwards from the Guildhall.
A permanent premises licence was sought from Chichester District Council to enable the applicants to run the event annually for a maximum of five days, including set up and dismantling, between May and September inclusive.
However, Arena Sports Live Ltd, the organisers have now cancelled the event.
On their website it said: ‘It is with great regret that the successful Prosecco in the Park events have been forced to cancel the final three events this summer in Hereford (August 16-18), Oxford (August 30 – to September 1) and Chichester (September 27 – 29).’
“It’s never a good thing to have to cancel an event, but we have to be honest and realistic with the projected low attendance and our unpredictable British summer hasn’t been as we expected,” explained events organiser Matt Bates.
“We have tried our hardest to launch this great new event but with such low ticket sales leading up to the event, it’s clear to see that people are waiting to see what the weather does on the day of the event and naturally this places us in a very vulnerable position; one that isn’t healthy for staging a successful event.”
The website continued to say: ‘We would like to thank all of you for your support and understanding and we sincerely apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and we hope that our customers understand.’
The organisers say that they are issuing full refunds for those who have pre purchased tickets through their ticket provider Universe from Friday August 2, onwards. Email notifications will be sent to all customers via Universe, signifying that the full refund is being processed to the booker.
Just days after agreeing to a gin festival being held in Priory Park, councillors were asked to approve the licensing for Prosecco in the Park.
The Friends of Priory Park led objections to the premises licence being granted sating there was no confidence the applicant could meet the licensing objectives covering prevention of crime and disorder, public nuisance and protecting children from harm.
The objection also pointed out potential parking difficulties with shows at the same time at Chichester Festival Theatre.
If you have any additional questions, contact the organisers on: 08454 750 796 or alternatively email: firstname.lastname@example.org
By Kelly Wickham