Confusion as venue claims North East’s Ignition Festival has been cancelled, but organisers issue denial

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THOUSANDS of music fans are today awaiting news about the North East’s Ignition Festival.

The live event - billed as the region’s first festival to include camping – is due to be held on Saturday and Sunday at Newcastle Racecourse with Calvin Harris, Frank Turner, Echo and the Bunnymen and Feeder among the highest profile acts performing.

But the racecourse issued a statement on its Facebook page last night claiming the festival organisers had pulled the plug.

The statement said: “The Ignition Festival has been cancelled by its organisers Ignition Festival Ltd.

“All enquiries including those with regard to ticket refunds should to be directed to Ignition Festival Ltd, whose legal obligation it is to reimburse ticket holders.

“We would like to reassure you that we will be actively pursuing Ignition Festival Ltd to ensure that they honour the refunds to those customers who booked via the racecourse.”

That statement was quickly rebuffed, again on Facebook, by those behind Ignition.

They hit back by insisting: “Don’t panic! The Festival HASN’T been cancelled. Full announcement in the morning.

“We’ve made a load of headway tonight and we will be having a (very early) morning meeting to hammer it out.

“Keep the faith, spread the love and we’ll have some more news bright and early.”

Fans have been alarmed, however, because the festival website has also gone into “maintenance mode”.

Keep checking here at sunderlandecho.com for updates.