Croydon Music Festival moved indoors amid "mini-Glastonbury" fears
A JUBILEE themed summer festival is being moved indoors - amid fear wet weather could turn it into a "mini-Glastonbury".
Croydon Music Festival had hoped to attract 3,000 people to listen to swing, jazz and blues on picturesque park Haling Grove.
Instead gloomy forecasts of rain until mid-July have forced organisers from the Eleanor Shorter Fund to move the event to a conference hall in the town centre, cutting tickets to just 500.
Event coordinator Cllr Lynne Hale said: "The whole idea behind the Jubilee celebration was to use the beautiful grounds of Haling Grove but the torrential downpours over the past few weeks have put the whole event in jeopardy, which is very disappointing.
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"Holding the event indoors will be a different concept but also gives us the opportunity to offer a longer musical programme, as the licence runs later into the evening."
The festival will now be held at Croydon Conference Centre from 2pm on June 23.
Acts include The Pasadena Roof Orchestra the X-Factor's John Wilding and a host of other singers and bands.
Despite moving inside there will still be a hog roast and Pimms alongside a full bar and other food.
The Met Office have said rain is likely to continue for most of the next 30 days, with "no clear signal" for a dry spell up to mid-July.
Edward Handley, chairman of the Eleanor Shorter Fund, said: "We were getting very concerned about trying to run this event in a soggy field and the potential risk of causing damage to the site with the driving of heavy vehicles and the erection of staging, as well as the potential hazard of many hundreds of people sliding about in muddy conditions.
"We had no wish to create a mini-Glastonbury at Haling Grove.
"Having consulted with the Met Office, it appears unlikely the rain will stop falling over the next week and we have decided that rather than abandon the whole idea it would be much better to transfer to an indoor venue.
"We are very grateful to Croydon Conference Centre for accommodating the event at such short notice."
Tickets for the festival remain at £25 for VIP entry, £10 general and a family ticket for two adults and two children will cost £30. They can be bought online at www.croydonfestival.co.uk.
The new-look event replaces Croydon Summer Festival, which attracted 50,000 people to Lloyd Park each year before it was scrapped by the council in 2010.