Manx Bay Festival - CANCELLED 2011

Manx Bay Festival - CANCELLED 2011

Friday 17th to Sunday 19th June 2011
Nobles Park, Douglas, Isle of Man, Isle of Man MAP
Daily capacity: 7,000
Last updated: Thu 9th Jun 2011

The Manx Bay Festival has been cancelled.

The promoter of the Isle of Man Bay Festival has announced the decision to cancel the festival. In order to expedite the refund process, the promoter has agreed to manage the payment of refunds internally, rather than through its ticket agents. To register for a refund please write to IOM Bay Festival Ltd, PO Box 1234, Peel, IOM, IM99 9YA on or before the closing date of 17th June 2011 enclosing proof of purchase and you'll be refunded on or before 29th July 2011. Please do not email or phone as claims for refunds can only be handled by post. If you have adhered to this refund policy and have not received a refund by 29 July 2011 please contact your point of purchase.

The Isle of Man Bay Festival has issued the following statement to explain its decision and to advise on the procedure for ticket refunds:

"Although we have explored every avenue to keep the festival alive, we cannot see a sustainable way to make it commercially viable due to poor ticket sales. For that reason we have been forced to take the sad decision to cancel this year which was due to be held on 17th, 18th and 19th June 2011.

We should clarify that the Elton John concert due to be held on the 16th June 2011 was not part of the Isle of Man Bay Festival, and will take place. We understand that the promoters of the Elton John concert will be issuing a separate statement shortly.

We are extremely sorry for disappointing those who have loyally supported the festival, and we will be processing refunds for those who have purchased tickets. To register for a refund please write to IOM Bay Festival Ltd, PO Box 1234, Peel, IOM, IM99 9YA on or before the closing date of 17th June 2011 enclosing proof of purchase and you'll be refunded on or before 29th July 2011. Please do not email or phone as claims for refunds can only be handled by post.

We hope we may be in a position to return with a third IOM Bay Festival next year, though it is too soon to say any more than that at this stage as it will be purely down to an improvement in the island's current economic climate. Obviously if we did hold it again people who purchased this year would be given a special reward next time.

We were hoping that the goodwill created during last year's festival, which incurred a considerable loss, would have resulted in increased ticket sales this year to get it closer to a breakeven position being our third festival. However, regrettably, the festival has sold even less tickets at this stage than it did last year despite having a full and varied line-up and introducing two stages in two parks. Based on the sales experiences of the last two festivals we can't count on significant sales between now and the festival. It will be appreciated that we cannot indefinitely underwrite these events if there is no foreseeable viable future. We have spent over £100,000 promoting this festival on and off the island, but spending even more would not produce any greater results. The festival itself was costing over £1.5m to stage.

We would wish to conclude by sincerely thanking everyone who supported this event and to apologise for the obvious disappointment the cancelling has caused. However it will be appreciated that this is way beyond our control as it is a simple fact that if not enough people wish to support the event it makes it totally unviable and thus unsustainable

The Manx Bay Festival which happens from Friday 17th June until Sunday 19th June 2011 the week after the TT Races, and is a follow on from the Peel Bay Festival held in 2007 on the Isle of Man.


Friday Evening - Alan Carr, Andy Parsons, Kevin Bridges, Shappi Khorsandi, Australian Pink Floyd. Hip Hop The Rock: Tinchy Stryder, Wretch 32, Roll Deep, Jodie Connor.
4 Decades Of Pop: 911, S Club, Five.

Saturday afternoon - Lord Of The Dance, Got to Dance Manx.
Saturday evening - Ministry Of Sound with Tinie Tempah, Tinchy Stryder, and Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills. The show offers almost everything including angle grinders, stilt dancers, fire breathers, guest presenters and vocalist.
South Park: The South, The Wonder Stuff, 10cc, Go West, Anthems Band & Battle of the Bands.

Sunday afternoon – Gates open 1 p.m. Peter Andre and The X Factor Meets Britain's Got Talent with Stacey Solomon, Spelbound, Twist n'Pulse and Paul Burling.
Sunday evening - Gates open 7 p.m. Cascada, Example, and headline act Westlife.
South Park: The Lightning Seeds, The Farm, Del Amitri, Gerry & The Pacemakers, Bay City Rollers, plus indie/rock bands, and DJ Sets.


An early bird adult 'all weekend' tickets are no longer available. Friday evening ticket prices start at £22.50. Saturday or Sunday afternoon tickets from £22.50. Saturday or Sunday evening ticket prices start from £45. Under 16 weekend tickets are also available. To buy tickets, click here.


There will be camping available as well as hotel accommodation.


Other entertainment confirmed for the festival includes a battle of the bands, a vander space wheel, festival circus, fire stunt rider, and chainsaw sculpting.

Daily parking

There are charges for car parking, campervan parking, motorcycle parking, minibus parking, as well as an option to buy a return bus ticket.


The main Valhalla stage in the North Park is undercover in a 10,000 capacity marquee with 5,000 seated and 5,000 standing with seated and standing tickets available whilst the St Helier stage in the South Park is an outdoor stage, standing only. All the usual concessions and facilities will be on site.

More information will be here when available.

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