SEVERAL headliners have canceled their performances at a music festival due to “technical problems”.
Leee John, The Dualers and Darren Emmerson slammed the organizers of the One Love Festival, which took place at the Wiston Estate near Steyning over the weekend.
Leee John, founder of the band Imagination, said that yesterday’s performance could not take place due to “a lack of professional organization and ongoing technical problems”.
— Leee John (@leeejohn) August 14, 2022
“It fills us with the deepest sadness that the promoter of One Love Festival Imagination with Leee will not be performing today due to unforeseen circumstances and lack of professional organization and ongoing technical issues, having appeared on site earlier today,” a statement said .
While DJ and producer Darren Emerson said he would not be able to perform on Saturday.
Due to contractual obligations that are not fulfilled by the organizers of the One Love Festival. Unfortunately I can’t be there and perform on Saturday. I’m devastated when I let down someone who expected me to play this weekend. ❤️❤️🙏🏻🙏🏻
— Darren Emerson (@darrenemerson) August 12, 2022
“Due to contractual obligations that are not being fulfilled by the One Love Festival organizers, I am unfortunately unable to attend and perform on Saturday,” he said.
“I’m devastated to let down someone who expected me to play this weekend.”
And ska and reggae band The Dualers said the cancellation of their performance was “due to the organisers.”
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— The Dualers (@TheDualers) August 14, 2022
Angry festival-goers took to social media to express their frustration with festival organizers, with some demanding refunds.
One person said: “Certainly not the festival that was marketed.”
Another said: “Absolutely gutted like every crowd at the festival.”
Headliner Heather Small – former lead singer of M People – took the stage on Sunday.
And Julian Marley, son of the legendary Bob Marley, made an appearance on Saturday.
The reggae festival has been held annually for the past 14 years, although this was the first time the event had been held at the Wiston estate.
The festival was hosted in partnership with the Rio Ferdinand Foundation, a youth and community development charity that aims to create opportunities for young people from disadvantaged communities.
One Love Festival was contacted for comment.
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/20660224.leee-john-dualers-criticise-one-love-festival-bosses/?ref=rss Leee John and The Dualers slam the One Love Festival bosses