A popular music festival won't return in 2024 after the organisers have admitted that there is "uncertainty" surrounding the event. 

Thornafest, which has taken place in Thornaby since 2021, has seen music lovers attend performances from tribute acts, local musicians and DJs.

But the 2024 version of the well-followed event, which was supposed to take place on July 24, won't go ahead as planned after a statement from the organiser - despite them initially claiming that it would be back "bigger and better".

Citing Brexit and Covid, the organisers posted on its social media page, which has seen mixed reactions from regular festival attendees, with some saying that it was "disappointing," while others backed the organisers.

In the statement, Thornafest organisers said: "It is with great regret that we will not be providing the music event in 2024.

"The main reason for this is the uncertainty with Hospitality providers since Brexit and Covid.

After last year’s disappointment when the supplier badly let us and you down, we did not want to repeat this unacceptable situation and potentially spoil the day for you, (the event’s customers)."

The statement went on to say that it's hoped that the event will return in 2025 - and that customers can get refunds for the 2024 event not going ahead.


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"Unfortunately, all the options we have explored for this year, in our opinion, could not guarantee a repeat," the statement added.

"Thank you to everyone who has stuck with us and especially those who have already bought tickets for this year’s event – rest assured; refunds will be on their way very soon.

"We are still working behind the scenes to return in 2025 and this will give us more time to ensure the best service to you is supplied."