A long-awaited Charlotte Church performance – her first since she tragically announced the loss of her third baby – was cancelled last night due to festival chaos at the boutique Hope & Glory event in Liverpool.
The festival – which also featured Razorlight, James and Badly Drawn Boy – reportedly descended into queues and angry ranting, and police had to be called to sort out overcrowding.
In the end, they were running so behind that acts were cancelled – including Charlotte Church’s Late Night Pop Dungeon.
Charlotte tweeted: “Hello! Just to let you know we have been pulled from the hope and glory lineup due to them running 2 hours behind. We’re gutted!
“We have travelled from Cardiff to play for you lovely Liverpudlians! However we are willing to do a guerilla gig in the city if any venues will have us!
“I know there are a lot of disappointed people with tickets who can’t even get into the festival, so if we can we’ll try and So a gig somewhere! Peace out.”
An hour later though, she had brilliant news that they’d be performing at Liquidation, an indie/rock’n’roll/electro clubnight in the city.
And she got A LOT of praise for being so resourceful.
One Twitter user posted: “I thought it was amazing how you took it all in your stride and offered to play somewhere else hats off to you classy girl.”
Another said: “This is why you rock!”
A third added: “And in the classiest move of all, H&G cut the only female act on the main stage. Really glad @charlottechurch found somewhere else to play.”
Meanwhile Hope and Glory will be facing a backlash of people demanding money back from tickets.
One festival-goer Suzanne Averis told The Liverpool Echo: “We paid £380 on hotel accommodation and then we were delayed by two-and-a-half hours waiting in the queue.
“It was the worst festival experience we’ve ever had and we go to a lot of festivals.
“We will be looking for recompense.”
Another attendee, Kyra McGlone-Upton, added to the paper: “The food and facilities were abysmal – the size of it was a nightmare, more and more people coming in made it feel unsafe.”
Hope & Glory have yet to release an official statement about the reported chaos, but have tweeted that there will be “no festival today”.
The gig was Charlotte’s first since she broke the devastating news that she and her partner Jonathan Powell had suffered a miscarriage, after revealing that she was pregnant with her third child at Birmingham Pride in May. She has two children, Ruby and Dexter, with her ex Gavin Henson.
They posted on Twitter: “Charlotte and Jonny are very sad to announce that they lost their baby. Now is a time for grieving and being together as a family.
“We kindly ask everyone to respect that peace.”
Charlotte, you’re a legend ❤️.