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Bryn Terfel’s Faenol Festival in north Wales has been cancelled because of poor ticket sales.
The annual series of concerts, spearheaded by the opera star, was canned two days ago. On the festival’s website, Terfel admitted:
“Unfortunately, advance ticket sales in this challenging economic climate have not been sufficient for us to feel confident that we can move ahead with the full festival.
“All I can say is that we have looked at the situation in great detail and from every possible angle. We have found no other workable solution.”
The Faenol Festival Trust chairman Sir David Henshaw added, “The team have worked tirelessly to explore each and every avenue and opportunity available to them. Ticket sales have been dreadfully disappointing and we could not waste the generous grant of public money by the Welsh Assembly and Gwynedd Council”.
Only the Westlife concert will continue, but will now take place at the Venue Cymru Arena, Llandudno, on August 27.
The current setback has raised doubts over the Faenol Festival’s future, with Councillor Dyfed Edwards saying, “As a council, we will now be seeking an early meeting with the event organisers to discuss the long-term future of this important local event”.
Ticket holders to this year’s Faenol Festival who do not wish to see Westlife are being asked to return their tickets to the point of purchase for a full refund.