Essex

Kushkamp festival cancelled: landowner fears influx of revellers

The owner of land earmarked for a lesbian and gay music festival fears crowds of revellers will arrive unaware the event has been cancelled.

The Kushkamp event, with tickets costing up to £250, was planned for 13 July until 15 July at Willow Farm in Loughton.

But the landowner said the organisers had neither paid her nor returned her calls.

The event's website says it has been postponed until next month.

'Growing nightmare'

Teresa Mhatre, who has run equestrian events on her land for more than 20 years without problem, said: "I'm extremely concerned. I am trying to get the word out.

"I've never had a problem and this is now affecting my other businesses. It has been cancelled and I would urge people to contact the organiser."

"We are doing everything in our power to smooth this situation over," said Mrs Mhatre, whose husband has spent three hours putting up signs at stations and on routes to the farm telling people the festival is cancelled.

"We've not even been paid the deposit for venue," she said. "I'm still going to get hordes of people coming here."

Ms Mhatre, who has been contacted by ticket holders, bands and stall-holders asking what the situation was, said the situation had become a "growing nightmare".

Epping Forest District Council confirmed it had received an application for an events licence for the event and held meetings with both police and the organisers.

A spokeswoman for the council said: "Our best understanding is that the event has been postponed until some time in August."

The organiser of the event has not been available for comment. But the event's Facebook page said they had been "unable to run the festival" because of the weather and licensing conditions.

They apologised for the inconvenience and say they would offer a "refund or exchange".

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