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The latest casualty of the Irish festival season?

That would appear to be Dysart, the festival which was supposed to be happening in Thomastown, Co Kilkenny on August 9 and 10. Per Ken McGuire (and also via Twitter), organisers have been explaining to KCLR FM what the hell …

Fri, Aug 1, 2008, 12:24

   

That would appear to be Dysart, the festival which was supposed to be happening in Thomastown, Co Kilkenny on August 9 and 10.

Per Ken McGuire (and also via Twitter), organisers have been explaining to KCLR FM what the hell is going on as a bunch of acts are cancelled and others are shipped to indoor venues.

According to Ken: “organisers are citing “monsoon” like conditions over recent weeks as a major factor in the effective cancelling of the festival with grounds “destroyed” and one of the stages “sinking”.”

Wonder will the odo a Prince-and-MCD and announce how many tickets were sold for this?

(Thanks to Nialler for signalling this in the first place)

UPDATE 1 There was an interesting piece by co-organiser Enda Leahy a few weeks ago in The Sunday Times about why they were putting on the festival.

UPDATE 2 Per a report in the Kilkenny People yesterday (July 31), attendance numbers were to be limited to 5,000 after concerns about planning and safety were expressed by the local council, fire services and Gardai. However, as of this morning (August 1), there were still tickets on sale for the festival indicating that sales were below 5,000.

UPDATE 3 Per the hard-working Ken, Dysart Festival organisers have now issued a statement upgrading the reason for the cancellation to “an insufficient level of ticket sales to enable a viable inaugural event”. However, they have not, as of Saturday 5pm, updated their website with this information or with any news of the cancellation. Indeed, weekend tickets are still on sale for this. The statement (which seems to have had a very limited circulation) also says “an alternative event will now take place at a location which has yet to be confirmed”.