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The Isle of Wight Gothic Circus Festival, which was due to take place at Downend between 25th-27th May, has been cancelled by organisers.

Poor ticket sales have been blamed for the event’s cancellation with a suggestion that the festival was 600 tickets short.

Organisers have today said:

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“We are sad to announce that despite our many efforts, attempts and months of planning to make GC festival happen we were unable to sell enough tickets to provide a decent size crowd. We feel that without a decent sized crowd of people the atmosphere we are trying to create would be impossible and you guys wouldn’t have the best time you deserve.

“With this in mind, we regretfully inform you that we have been left with no choice but to cancel this year’s Gothic Circus Festival, even though we have already invested tens of thousands of pounds which we will not get back. We have worked as hard as we possibly could at preventing this occurrence however, despite all our efforts we are unable to continue”.

Full refunds will be issued to everyone who purchased a ticket to the festival.

Those who did want to attend the event are being offered an alternative experience. A smaller gathering will now be taking place at The Nightingale Hotel in Shanklin with all shows except for Magus Utopia and Mechanical Menagerie. The ‘3 nights of sinful nightingale circus parties’ is being sold at £10 per ticket.

On social media the organisers have concluded their statement by saying:

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“Again we are so sorry this has happened, we really did everything we could including spending a massive amount of money on marketing. Hitting capital radio, local papers, international magazines, a huge online campaign…but we still couldn’t get the numbers this year.

“We hope you all forgive us and give us another chance in the future and we hope to see you all at the Nightingale Hotel for an amazing bank holiday weekend party! If not then we hope you still visit the isle anyway and enjoy the many other festivals on that weekend”.

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Kay Jones

Although I couldn’t attend this year I think this event is such a wonderful idea. What a shame

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