Summer Sundae Festival in Leicester cancelled for 2013
Summer Sundae Festival will not go ahead next year, bosses confirmed this morning.
The annual weekend festival, which has been a regular fixture at Leicester's De Montfort Hall for more than 10 years, will "take a break" in 2013.
Festival promoters Concert Clinic said they would be looking at fresh ideas to bring the event back in 2014.
Concert Clinic director Rob Challice said smaller festivals had found it hard in recent years.
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"There's no denying that last year was a difficult year for independent festivals," he said. "This wasn't an easy decision for us but we think it's the right time to take a year off. We need the time to look at different models and fresh ideas to bring Summer Sundae back for 2014 and beyond."
De Montfort Hall general manager Antony Flint said: "After careful consideration with Concert Clinic we think that it's a good idea to take a break from Summer Sundae next year. It's something many popular festivals do and return stronger and fresher than ever."
The news came as the hall announced a programme of outdoor events over three weekends in July to celebrate its hundredth anniversary celebrations next year.Mr Flint said there would be music, comedy and family events taking place in the halls gardens.
"We are planning a fantastic programme of outdoor events as part of our centenary celebrations in July," he said. "People can look forward to outdoor theatre, comedy, children's events, lots of live music and a spectacular performance to mark our 100th birthday on July 20. We are looking forward to making announcements over the coming weeks."
Councillor Piara Singh Clair, assistant city mayor for heritage, leisure and sport, said: "We want to mark De Montfort Hall's hundredth year in a spectacular way.
"This includes an exciting programme of outdoor summer events different to anything the hall has done before. I am sure that people of all ages will want to join in these celebrations."
See tomorrow's paper for more news on Summer Sundae.