Weather Dampens Fflam

The wettest summer on record had John Curd on soggy ground, dampening his flame as the London-based promoter was forced to postpone his Fflam Festival in Wales.

He’s pushed the July 13-15 event back to September 28-30 and tickets for the new dates were expected to go on sale on July 13th.

Fans who’ve bought tickets can hang on to them or get a refund if they can’t make the new dates.

Curd said the bill will change a little because of availability but he’s confident all the top acts – including Keane, Placebo and Welsh rockers Manic Street Preachers – are still on board.

The Swansea site is a natural arena with quite a stiff slope, and Curd said he could see it turning into a mudslide.

"The ground’s very wet, it’s still pissing down with rain and tickets sales were slowing when they should have been speeding up," he told Pollstar. "Last week the chap running the funfair told me he dare not put the rides on the ground and we had that big wheel from T In The Park coming down from Scotland."

Curd’s London office released a statement saying, "The adverse weather has caused a delay in putting the infrastructure in place and it is also a big concern that the unfavourable climate will hugely dampen the experience we want to give all our festivalgoers.

"Postponing the festival will mean that we can give everyone the Fflam festival experience they deserve, bands, organisers and festivalgoers alike."

Next year’s Fflam, which is Welsh for "flames," was already scheduled to move to another site in Swansea that has room for camping facilities.