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Organisers explain Godiva Rhythm Tent closure

Godiva Festival organisers say their decision to close the Rhythm Tent on Saturday night was done on Safety Grounds.

The closure meant local act Jay1 were among those who had their sets cancelled - prompting an angry response from some fans on social media.

Here is the statement from organisers: "Unfortunately, we had to make the decision to close the Rhythm Tent on Saturday evening. This was taken for safety reasons, as the safety of everyone attending the Festival is always our number one priority."

"This incident was caused by the number of people in the tent reaching capacity and despite a security presence and appeals not to, a number of people outside tried to enter the Rhythm Tent."

"This in turn caused genuine safety concerns for people already in the tent, particularly those at the front and resulted in barriers in front of the stage being broken. Despite trying to resolve the problem, people continued to try and push through, so reluctantly a decision was taken to cancel all remaining acts to ensure the safety of those inside."

"This decision meant that a number of acts, including Jay1 and MistaJam did not perform n the Rhythm Tent. We apologise for this as we know many people attending on Saturday evening were looking forward to seeing these popular acts, but we believe it was the right decision to ensure people's safety."

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