Music festivals

Festival at Rock refused licence 16 days ahead of opening

Richard Whitehouse

Local Democracy Reporting Service


A new music, food and wellbeing festival has been refused a licence despite having sold hundreds of tickets.

Porthilly Spirit festival was due to take place in less than three weeks' time on a farm site near Rock in north Cornwall over the late May bank holiday weekend.

Top names including Tom Odell, Villagers and Mystery Jets were set to perform while a number of pop-up restaurants were also due to set up camp.

However an application for a licence for the three-day event was refused on Wednesday by Cornwall Council's Licensing Act sub committee.

The festival organisers said: "We will now be evaluating the reasons behind the decision and plan to outline our next steps for Porthilly Spirit 2019 by Monday."