Next weekend would have been the first time that a Place in the Sun festival takes place. Unfortunately the festival was cancelled this morning.
The organizers posted the following status on their Facebook page:
“It is with the heaviest of hearts that the organisers of a Place in The Sun must declare the cancellation of thefestival a mere week shy of the event.
The proximity of Nkwe Resort to certain medical facilities caused the community to intervene, and halt any further prospects of providing attendees with a Place in the Sun so to speak.
We understand the concerns of the community, and we could not with a clean conscience force the continuation of the festival at the expense of the community residing there.
After the many hours spent fuelled by all the intoxicating support from the artists, vendors, media and especially the unwavering love from the die-hard South African music fans this is surely a heavy burden to lay bare.
We trust that you will have the same regard for our sentiment that it’s not just about spreading good vibes, but also to respect the wishes and well-being of the community. We are as always ever thankful for the ongoing support. But be sure that we will find that sweet spot in the sun, soon.
The a Place in The Sun Team”
It’s not the first festival to be cancelled in South Africa this year. Bokjol Music Festival and RAMFest did not take place either in 2016, but this announcement is by far the saddest festival news of the year. The line-up was just so bloody amazing.
Let’s hope that the organizers bounce back and bring us this festival at a new venue. Only time will tell if we’ll our place in the sun one day.
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