Organisers of Creamfields 2012 have today released a statement about the premature closure of this weekend's event. The festival suffered from extreme weather conditions leading to two weeks of rainfall hitting the site overnight between Saturday evening and the early hours of Sunday morning.

As a result of the downpour stages were flooded and structures were left unstable while pictures of the campsites (see above) go to show just how bad the situation had become.

Refunds will be made to all ticket holders in the next twenty four hours, and the organisers statement reads as follows:

"In response to a number of enquiries we have received, firstly a refund announcement with full details of what people need to do will follow within the next 24 hours, however, in the meantime and to answer some of your questions here are the circumstances that led towards the cancellation of Sunday’s event, we hope that you can see that this decision required extensive assessment of the overall event site whilst at the same time implementing an evacuation plan. Once again the safety and welfare of all those on the campsites was paramount and we are sorry that it took some time before information was relased to those, but this was necessary so a controlled exit from the festival could be put in place. If these systems had not been implemented it was highly probable that a very large number of people would attempt to exit the site before a revised transport plan could be put in place.

"Once it became clear that we had a potential show stop we announced that day ticket holders should not travel to Daresbury as this would compound an already dangerous situation.

"We also informed artists who were due to play that day not to travel and wait for further instructions, but unfortunately some of those took to social networks to say the event was cancelled. This caused confusion and contributed to an already stressful situation to our customers, for this we are very sorry.

"There were provisions in place to deal with issues caused by severe weather however, with the unprecedented amount of rain that fell it just wasn’t enough to prevent severe damage to various big infrastructures on site.

"We are also desperately sorry that we had to abandon the event, but below you will see how that decision came about and hopefully you will understand the difficult decision we had to make. This whole experience will provide us with valuable lessons for the future and we hope that what happened has not diminished your love for Creamfields too much. It was regrettable, but we believe that serious injury was avoided by closing the event.

"Anyone with a complaint please email info@cream.co.uk"


As well as the statement Creamfields have also issued a full timeline of the events that led to the closure, you can read it in full here.