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It’s just been announced that We Are FSTVL 2024 has been cancelled (Picture: Pjp Photos/REX/Shutterstock)

It’s just been announced that a major music festival in London will no longer be happening.

We Are FSTVL – which was set to take place May 25 and 26 in Central Park in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham – has been cancelled due to event site issues, according to a statement from the festival.

The headliners of the electronic dance music festival were Eric Prydz and Chase & Status, iconic acts in the genre.

Eric Prydz is known for electronic mega-hits like Call On Me, Pjanoo, and Proper Education.

Dance music duo Chase & Status are arguably even more legendary, boasting a huge number of awards for their drum and bass music. Their new album, 2 Ruff, Vol.1, climbed to number four in the UK charts earlier this year.

Other acts included Gorgon City, Hedex, Hot Since 82, Hybrid Minds, Layla Benitez, MK, Patrick Topping, Sam Divine, Syreeta, and the Martinez Brothers, among others.

The event’s headliners were Eric Prydz and Chase & Status (Picture: Photos/REX/Shutterstock)

The 2023 We Are FSTVL, the tenth anniversary of the festival, saw 80,000 attendees across the two days, one of the biggest turnouts in the history of the event.

Unfortunately, electronic music enthusiasts will have to wait another year to reconvene as heavy rainfall has made the park untenable as a venue, according to event organisers.

The statement from the festival team explains that they were just ‘days away’ from beginning to build the stages and other infrastructure before plans were halted.

Fans are understandably upset at the news, taking to social media to express their disappointment.

The event has been cancelled due to heavy rainfall making the park untenable (Picture: Shutterstock)

You can read the full statement below:

‘We are devastated to announce that for reasons beyond our control, We Are FSTVL 2024 is unable to go ahead.

‘Last year, when we were looking for a new home, London Borough of Barking and Dagenham offered us the beautiful Central Park and we worked with them to create detailed plans for how the Festival would work this year and be better than ever before.

‘We had invested time and money into the new site, new stages and brought in a new Creative Team to bring the weekend to life with immersive experiences and large art installations, alongside the already fantastic lineup, which we couldn’t wait to share with you.

80,000 people attended the festival last year(Picture: Shutterstock)

‘Sadly, and just days before we were due to attend on site to start the build, London Borough of Barking and Dagenham accepted that they could not deliver a safe event space that was fit for the purpose of allowing us to stage We Are FSTVL 2024.

‘In a press release London Borough of Barking and Dagenham say that the difficult decision to cancel has been made for health and safety reasons after record levels of rainfall this year.

‘We are heartbroken by this decision and can’t wait to dance with you again in 2025 and show you everything we have been working on.

‘All ticket holders will be entitled to a refund and will be contacted via email shortly with further information.

‘We Are FSTVL x’

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