Curzon cinema cancels music festival plans after slump in ticket sales

PUBLISHED: 07:00 23 March 2018

The Curzon cinema. Picture: Frederico Colarejo.

The Curzon cinema. Picture: Frederico Colarejo.

Frederico Colarejo

The Curzon cinema’s annual music festival has been cancelled due to poor ticket sales.

The venue, in Clevedon, has been hosting the festival since 2016 but after making a loss last year has decided to pull the plug just two months away from opening night.

A loss was made as a result of poor ticket sales in 2017 and with early indications suggesting even lower sales this year, the charity has decided not to take the risk of staging the festival, which would have run from May 18-19.

Curzon chief executive Susannah Shaw said: “We are really sorry to disappoint our customers, potential audiences, partners and all who have worked hard on this event past and present, and regret having to make this difficult decision.

“We look forward to continuing to host live events at the Curzon and bringing the best cinema to North Somerset.”

Performers scheduled to play at the festival had all been curated by Songs From The Shed, a project run by Clevedon resident Jon Earl which has seen a host of well-known musicians play in his former army billet.

This year’s performers were branded as The Best Bands You’ve Never Heard Of and was due to be opened by local group The Model Folk.

The likes of Ushti Baba, Moscow Drug Club and Noble Jacks were just some of the other acts earmarked to play.

The announcement has been met with disappointment on social media with some music fans saying they still had plans to buy tickets.

Judith Clarke said: “There has to be a cut off date to decide whether or not it is viable and unfortunately this is the result.

“It isn’t the fault of the organisers or the Curzon – if people don’t buy tickets what are they supposed to do?

“It looked to be a great lineup and such a missed opportunity to hear some excellent musicians.”

Juliet Philpot added: “Very disappointed this has been cancelled at such an early stage.

“I know a lot of people like us who were planning on getting tickets.”

A scheduled performance by Devon-based band Show Of Hands is still going ahead on May 17.

All known ticket holders will be contacted by the cinema but customers can email or call 01275 871000 to arrange a refund.

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