Music on the Moor is facing the finale

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The future of the most popular music event in the borough has been thrown into doubt after bosses announced they are ‘revisiting’ Music on the Moor.

The cost of staging the free festival has reached £100,000 and the Box Moor Trust says it needs to decide if the event, which draws 25,000 people, is the best use for the cash.

Next year’s event has been cancelled – it has run every two years since 2001 – and talks are taking place about 2014.

General manager Ian Richardson said: “We have made it quite public that trustees are revisting Music on the Moor and in any event the earliest occasion would be 2014.

“There is not a decision about whether there is a Music on the Moor in the long term.

“Trustees are considering what is the purpose of Music on the Moor and can those sorts of things be delivered in different and better ways.”

In response Dacorum Arts Partnership – which was behind the Dacorum Festival of Culture and Sport to celebrate the Olympics – has called a meeting in December to discuss setting up a new festival for the borough.

Chairman Brian Doran says the event could involve sport, arts and culture.

“We will go from 2012 where we had everything happen to 2013 with no Music on the Moor and no water festival,” he said.

“I would like to stimulate some interest in getting some festival going next summer.

“If we are serious about building legacy and momentum from the Olympics then we can’t let 2013 go by without doing something as a follow-up.”