Has one of the UK’s most popular music festivals suddenly been dropped for 2019? Reports spread like wildfire after a statement given by police to ITV. Last September administrators were brought in to handle the company’s finances and now the police statement claims that outstanding payments have not been met and the festival is not going ahead. Organiser Rob da Bank has hit back on social media.
ITV reported the following statement from Dorset Police who referenced a conversation with the “new event owners.”
Financial Richmond Group Debt Capital had made an offer last autumn to take over the festival which was formerly run by Bestival Group, Bestival Ltd, and Camp Bestival.
Dorset Police said: “The payment of our 2018 policing services invoice, totalling £141,176 to cover our policing of both Camp Bestival and Bestival is still outstanding. We’ve not received any full or part payment towards this.
“Some time ago we were informed by the new event owners that there are no plans to run a Bestival 2019 event.”
In response, Rob da Bank posted on Twitter: “There are some very odd and frankly completely fabricated and totally untrue stories circulating right now… watch this space.”
He added that the current reports were “quite possibly libellous too.”
The Camp Bestival website is still fully operational for the popular festival which is planned to take place from July 25-28.
Tickets are still on sale on the site, with an adult weekend pass costing £180.
Bestival is one of the more family-orientated summer festivals, with a huge array of entertainment for children.
The main music line-up this year includes Jess Glynne, Sister Sledge, Nile Rodgers and CHic, East 17 and The Human League.