Local authority health and safety concerns force We Are FSTVL to cancel

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Rebelia has issued a statement announcing the cancellation of We Are FSTVL. The festival has been cancelled due to health and safety concerns.

The two-day event was scheduled to take place in Central Park, Dagenham on May 25 and 26.

The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham recently assessed Central Park. Following record levels of rainfall this year, it believes that the site cannot “safely host the physical demands of We Are FSTVL’s equipment and audience”.

In a statement, the We Are FSTVL team said: “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 line-up, which we couldn’t wait to share with you.

“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.”

The statement continued: “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.”