After 20 years of concerts, Leeds’ annual Party in the Park event has officially been cancelled after the cost of operating the day has become too much for organisers.
The budgetary pressures on both organisers, Leeds City Council and Radio Aire, to host and produce the event are significant; with organisers stating that the only way to continue the ‘Party’ would be to introduce significantly higher ticket prices.
As Leeds City Council and Radio Aire remain committed to keeping ticket prices as affordable as possible for Leeds residents, the event will take a break in 2014. Leeds City Council and Radio Aire hope to continue their long-standing relationship through other event opportunities in the future.
The council is also considering the implications and potential options around the annual Opera in the Park and Classical Fantasia events. A further announcement regarding both concerts will be made once all options have been investigated by the council.
A Leeds City Council spokesperson said: “It is with great regret that we are no longer able to work with Radio Aire to deliver Party in the Park in 2014 and we thank Radio Aire for all their hard work and support in helping us organise this event in previous years.
“We will be continuing to look at every option available to us both in the short-term and long-term around Opera in the Park and Classical Fantasia, and also as part of this work, be considering other events that could in the future be potentially held in our city.”
Up to 70,000 people attend the event every year with huge names such as Dizzee Rascal and One Direction performing to the fans.