Sad news breaking tonight as Hevy Fest promoters announced the festival was no more after six editions and a superb looking lineup for 2016.
The festival was due to take place in August, headlined by Enter Shikari and also feature appearances by Refused, While She Sleeps, LA Dispute, Sick of It All, The Bronx and many more. It had also been moved to a new location in Derbyshire for this year after its original residence of Port Lympne Zoo in Kent couldn’t host it any longer.
A statement from the festival reads as follows:
“Hevy Fest is no more.
After 6 years of incredible bands, legendary hangs, and a lot of monkeys – we’re sorry to announce that Hevy Fest is pulling the plug.
Despite the best efforts of our dedicated team, the festival has become financially untenable. Many things have contributed: Port Lympne being unable to continue hosting the event, the increasingly difficult task of putting together a line-up with more and more exclusives enforced each year leading to difficulties confirming our final headliner, and the pressure to offer good value with spiralling costs. The odds are stacked against anyone taking on the challenge, and they have proven too great for us to overcome.
There is a great community of Hardcore, Punk and Metal supporters in the UK and we hope that other small festivals will be able to grow into this space, and to deliver the event we aspired to.
Ticket holders will be automatically refunded. All monies will be returned in the next 10 working days (including booking fees and postage).
As a small independent event, we want to thank everyone who has supported us over the years.
Hevy Fest // 2009 – 2015“