A NEW festival scheduled to take place in Stamfordham has been cancelled.

House of Barefoot, a house, techno and dance festival, was due to take place over the Jubilee weekend.

Organiser Johnny Stobart made the announcement on social media.

"I'm absolutely devastated to announce that the House of Barefoot Festival will no longer be going ahead," he said. "This is probably the hardest thing I've ever had to come to terms with.

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"Believe me when I say this I have tried absolutely everything within my power to make this happen. Unfortunately despite this being widely viewed as one of the best lineups in years, ticket sales have not reached a level to be able to go ahead.

"Those that know me well know how much time and effort I have put into this. Being honest probably too much. It has broken me over the last six months or so and made me quite ill but I thought it was worth it.

"The hardest part is letting you all down. This was never about money or kudos or even DJing with my heroes. I was doing this because I believed I could give you a weekend that you'd never forget. I was doing it to give those an opportunity to play that may never have had another opportunity like it.

"Thank you to all that have sent me messages of support and those that have bought tickets. You were the reason I was trying to make this happen.

"I'm going to need a few days to really come to terms with this and emails will be sent out in due course.

"Thank you and I'm sorry."

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On Monday May 27, ticket holders received an email from Johnny stating: "This past week or so we have been seeking advice as how best to proceed and it is with a very heavy heart we have had no choice but to liquidate the company."

He went on to say: "House of Barefoot Events Ltd will be liquidated by FRP Advisory who will handle all refund requests going forward and advise on how you can still get a full refund. They will contact you all in due course."

The festival lineup included renowned DJs James Zabiela and the global icon Sasha, and Hernan Cattaneo, a celebrated South American DJ.