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Finsbury Park 150 festival music cancelled at last minute as stage almost ‘blown away’ by winds

‘To my absolute devastation and horror the music has been cancelled’

10 August, 2019 — By Calum Fraser

Susie Barson and one of the musicians Luke Eira who was set to play this afternoon

THE GRAND musical finale to celebrate 150 years of Finsbury Park has been cancelled at the last minute as the stage was about to be “blown away” by gale force winds.

Festival organisers said they are “devastated” after they were told by health and safety officers that all the bands due to play in the afternoon had to be cancelled.

Frontmen from the legendary Ska band Madness were set to take the stage at about 4pm today (Saturday).

Graham “Suggs” McPherson and Mike Barson of Madness were practicing when they were told that their gig was cancelled.

Susie Barson, a member of the Friends of Finsbury Park group who organised the festival, said: “To my absolute devastation and horror the music has been cancelled.

“We has about five or six bands lined up with people having travelled a long way.

“It’s devastating. But what can we do, they’re very fierce about health and safety.

She added: “I was just on the phone to Mike (from Madness) and he was so sad to hear that it had been cancelled.”

Talks had gone ahead from 11am to 1pm in a tent in MacKenzie Gardens.

MP David Lammy had chaired a discussion on the role parks have played in London in the past and the present.

But at the end of the talk Simon Hunt, Friends of Finsbury Park chairman, had to ask people to leave quickly as the tent was apparently at risk of “blowing away.”

Mr Lammy told the Tribune: “I am sad to these that the wind has cancelled the music. I’m really sorry and sad about that.”

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