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Live Wyre festival in Fleetwood postponed

Bez from the Happy mondays and Fleetwood Town chairman Andy Pilley at Highbury Stadium when the Live Wyre festival was announced

Bez from the Happy mondays and Fleetwood Town chairman Andy Pilley at Highbury Stadium when the Live Wyre festival was announced

A major outdoor music festival at the home of Fleetwood Town FC starring the Happy Mondays has been postponed.

The club today released a statement saying the concert on June 1 has been postponed after being contacted by Wyre Council to say the event had not got permission.

Wyre Council leases Highbury Stadium to the club and it is understood the concert breaks the terms of their contract.

A statement on the club website said tickets will be refunded in full.

The anti-fracking gig was announced following Happy Mondays maraca player Mark “Bez” Berry’s visit to the port earlier this year.

Toyah Wilcox, Big Country, Bad Manners and Alabama 3 were all due to play at the 10-hour event, alongside a number of local bands.

The statement reads: “Fleetwood Town Football Club regrets to announce the Live Wyre music festival on Sunday June 1 has been postponed following a recent communication from Wyre Council, who have now informed us that consent for the event has not been given by them.

“At this very busy time, with the football club at Wembley this coming Monday, there is now no alternative but to postpone the event.

“Tickets will be refunded in full from Tuesday May 27 at 10am. If your ticket was purchased at the club ticket office please call 01253 775080 or visit in person.

“SEE Tickets customers will receive an automatic card refund within 5 working days.”

A Wyre Council spokesman said: “As landlord, Wyre Council notified the club that the Live Wyre event contravenes the terms of its lease. The council is willing to issue consent for one-off events on a non-prejudicial basis subject to agreement of varying terms but has not received a request to do so in this case.

“We regret the club’s decision to postpone but should it wish to hold the event at a future date, will work with it to resolve this issue.”

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