I'm really sorry to have to let you know that Cragfest 2012 has been cancelled.
The spectacular venue is the site of the Kilnsey Agricultural Show, which has run for 100 years or so and CRAGFEST is the only other major event to be held here. Unfortunately we are a victim of the appallingly cold, wet weather, the show field is a large expanse of flat land beside the swollen river Wharfe and it's just not draining.
Whilst March was wonderful it hasn't stopped raining since and the showfield is becoming waterlogged. The area by the main stage has standing water, it's raining now and is forecast to rain this weekend and through the Cragfest weekend.
With 3000 people due on the site, we cannot endanger the condition of the showfield and the historic ring and racetrack, so after consulting with the owners we are faced with no alternative but to cancel the event.
It's a great loss for everyone concerned, the show's organisers, the volunteers who worked alongside them to stage the event and for the fans and artists we were all looking forward to seeing. It's also a great loss for the local area, which will miss out on thousands of new visitors.
We fully intend to stage the event next year and hope that some semblance of "normal" weather ensues and allows the proceedings to go ahead.
Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or need any advice.