By Jamie White
Friday, July 6, 2012
THE organisers of the scrapped festival, WOWfest have surrendered their licence for the event. The festival, which was due to take place on the outskirts of Shanklin, in August, was cancelled after police raised safety fears.Organisers of WOWfest, who claimed to have UB40 and DJ Paul Oakenfold among the performers lined up, blamed anti-festival lobbyists and a challenging year for their decision to axe the event.They were requested to pay £140,000 upfront for policing, fire service and council costs, under the IW Act, which was created in the wake of the 1970 pop festival to control gatherings of more than 5,000 people.This did not happen, and organisers missed the deadline, leading police to call for the IW Council to revoke the 18,000-capacity licence. It has now been confirmed that the premises licence for the event has been withdrawn.A hearing that was planned for July 19 with the IW Council, will not now take place.Reporter: email@example.com
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