The 2012 Crystal Palace Garden Party has been cancelled. This from the organisers:
It is with great disappointment to announce 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... However, on closer examination it seemed there might be a more serious problem. A surveyor was called and rotten joists checked etc it was discovered the delapidation was much worse than was at first thought. It couldn't be guaranteed to be fixed in the time available so it was felt the safest thing to do all round was to cancel the event and hopefully try again next year.
Sadly this means that the event scheduled to feature the likes of Rick Wakeman, Hawkwind, Barclay James Harvest, Focus, The Strawbs and Curved Air on Saturday 23 June and The London Gala Symphony Orchestra on Sunday 24 June will now not take place.
Full refunds are of course available to all those who have brought tickets and the organisers, who are currently looking at alternatives for a future event, would like to express their solidarity with those who were looking forward to the event.
London's choice of festivals in parks is unprecedented this year, with some of the biggest names in pop, rock and dance music performing their own aural Olympics across the capital. One genre that seems a little under-subscribed, however, is classic or progressive rock and despite having one of the largest global audiences, festivals don't tend to concentrate on it too often. Until now, that is.
Taking its cue from London's rich musical heritage during the '60s, '70s and '80s, the Crystal Palace Garden Party Rock Festival has one simple aim - to bring classic rock back to the historic South London amphitheatre in Crystal Palace Park. The line-up suggests that the organizers have serious intent - keyboard wizard and prog guru Rick Wakeman will head the line-up, supported by the psychedelic space lords of the 'Silver Machine', Hawkwind, Dutch masters of flute-powered rock Focus, plus Martin Turner's Wishbone Ash and John Lees' Barclay James Harvest. Lighter inclusions, though no less essential, feature The Strawbs and Curved Air, with many more acts to be finalised.
The entire Garden Party takes place over two days on 23rd and 24th June 2012, with the second day devoted to the classical-music and the previously popular, Proms in the Park concept. Tickets can be purchased for the entire weekend or as separate days - however, we have a money-saving discount aimed at the rock fans!
The Special Offer is: Buy Crystal Palace Garden Party Rock Festival tickets for just £30, instead of £42.50 - that's a saving of around 30%, which makes this a must for prog-rockers and classic-rock fans alike. To take advantage, click on the Book this offer button below. This offer is limited and only applies to the rock festival held on Saturday 23rd June 2012.