Organisers announce this year’s event won’t go ahead as planned
The organisers of Chase Park Festival has today regretfully announced that the region’s “Festival For Everyone” shan’t go ahead this year.
The event, which was scheduled to take place at its new home of Saltwell Park in Gateshead on Saturday, August 18, has been pulled with its chief spokesperson Alistair McDonald citing sponsorship issues as the reason for its cancellation.
Chase Park Festival, which was supposed to be celebrating its ninth anniversary this summer, will return in 2019 and it has been reported that it will come back stronger and better next time around.
Alistair McDonald, explains: “We had to take the very difficult decision not to run the festival this year due to the fact we didn’t quite get the amount of sponsorship we needed.
“We are gutted that we have had to postpone the festival, last year was our best event yet and the move to Saltwell Park was a big success.
“We are doing everything we can behind the scenes to make the event and the organisation stronger and more sustainable in the longer term.”
Last year, Chase Park Festival – which holds a Gold Level of Access for disabled music fans and musicians – was forced to relocate in 2017 from their traditional spot of Chase Park in Whickham while the site was being renovated.
Chase Park Festival has said it will now make the move to Saltwell permanent and will look to build on the progress made at the event last summer.
The Chase Park Festival @ Saltwell Park team has pledged to provide its most diverse line-up yet next year and will once again deliver some of the nation’s most exciting new artists alongside heavyweight headliners.
“The message to our fans is thank you very much for supporting the event in previous years, we hope you aren’t too disappointed about this year and we really hope to see you next year,” adds Alistair.
“If there are any sponsors out there who would like to get involved in next year’s event then now is the time to talk to us.
“People love the family atmosphere at the festival and because we are smaller and focussed on a diverse audience people really have a great time with us. We’re sure the music community of the region will stand by us and will be with us next time around.”
Chase Park Festival @ Saltwell Park is one of only a handful of festivals in the country to have a Gold Standard from Attitude is Everything for its accessibility for disabled music fans, and next year it hopes to build on this esteemed award that will position it as one of the most inclusive live music events in the country.
In the past, the festival has seen the likes of Irish rock legends Ash, Sunderland’s The Futureheads, and Liverpool Psych rockers The Coral take to its stage and has pledged to continue to shine the spotlight on the region’s best emerging talent in 2019.