The Big Chill Festival will not happen in 2012, it has been announced. Melvin Benn, Managing Director Festival Republic who own the August festival, suggests the London Olympics being the same weekend as the intended festival had meant going ahead with the popular Herefordshire event was not viable. He has promised a smaller indoor event at some point this year.
Benn wrote on The Big Chill Festival website: “It is with a considerable amount of regret that I have decided not to go ahead with The Big Chill in 2012.
“I looked long and hard late last year at moving the date so it didn’t clash with the Olympics, but the mix of the festival fans desire to keep the date and an inability to find an alternative date that works I plumped for maintaining the existing weekend. Sadly, the artist availability and confirmations we were achieving led me to conclude that I couldn’t risk going ahead with the event as an outdoor event this year. Efforts are being made to look to bring a smaller event indoors this year with the anticipation of Big Chill being back outdoors in 2013.”