In terrible news, Temples festival has this year announced its cancellation. The metal festival was due to take place between the 3rd and 5th of July, but has been forced into cancellation due to the organisation that was supposed to be funding it pulling out last minute.

The organisers have put absolutely everything into making the best possible festival with the best possible line-up, but unfortunately the festival was left with sizeable debt last year. They decided to keep going though and try and put on the best festival possible, but unfortunately due to limited sponsors the event cannot go ahead, despite plans for a sized down festival.

Organiser Francis stated that: “I decided to take on the debts personally and subsequently pay off all our creditors in instalments as quickly as possible, this meant bands, staff and contractors were all paid late – and it’s had a crippling effect on both my professional and personal life as a whole – truth be told, I made a series of bad business decisions and dealt with the situation very poorly – which I take full accountability for.”

He went on to say: “I am deeply deeply sorry to all of those who will lose out as a result of this decision, having put three years of my life and having already lost so much of it to the festival I’m afraid there is no option to continue with Temples Festival 2016 and I take full responsibility for events cancellation. I am truly sorry. My intention was always to setup a unique UK festival which books bands who are rarely seen in the UK, I’ve tirelessly dedicated myself to this event for a long time now and the decision to cancel this year’s event has been unequivocally the hardest call I’ve ever had to make in my life. My sincere apologies to those of you who will lose out as a result of this, I am truly sorry – but I can’t face another year of debts & damage.”

We hope the festival is able to recover and start putting on events again, because the cancellation of the festival is yet another loss, not only to Bristol, but to the independent music scene as a whole.

Refunds will be available to all those who have purchased tickets from the vendor that sold them the ticket in the first place.