Crystal Palace Garden Party Cancelled!!
Prog is saddened to report that this year’s proposed Crystal Palace Garden Party has been cancelled.
The event was to have taken place on the weekend of June 23/4 and was to be headlined on the Saturday by Rick Wakeman with support from Hawkwind, Barclay james Harvest, Curved Air and The Strawbs.
In a statement, which does make Prog wonder why such factors weren’t among the first things to be checked when planning the event, promoter Mike Fox had this to say:
It is with great disappointment that I must notify you guys that the Crystal Palace Garden Party will not now be able to go ahead.
When it was realised that a 1.5 ton scissor lift truck must come on to the stage to erect the sails and rigging some cursory tests were made to the structure.
There was some obvious weather wear to the stage and the temporary boards that were put down some time ago … On closer examination it seemed there might be a problem. A structural engineer was called and rotten joists checked etc it was discovered the delapidation was much worse than was at first thought. Any sign off on safety or otherwise of the structure cannot be made possibly for several weeks or more…
Under other circumstances postponement to a new date would be an obvious option but due to the Olympics, no Police support can be used until after the Paralympics and after then, the park already has other events in the diary up to the end of September after which it is unfeasible to have an outdoor concert…
To me this represented an opportunity that I have been working towards for several years and have been working solidly over 5 months 7 days per week!
I can hardly put into words the frustration I feel…
Yours sincerely and with a heavy heart
Crystal Palace Garden Party Ltd