Takedown Festival has been postponed to 2025

Next month’s Takedown has unfortunately been postponed, with extended building works at the venue making the festival too much of a challenge to put on in 2024.

Takedown Festival has been postponed to 2025
Emily Carter
Nat Wood

Takedown Festival has sadly just been postponed for an entire year.

The event – which was set to feature performances from the likes of Creeper, Dinosaur Pile-Up, Cassyette, Trophy Eyes, Kid Kapichi, Hell Is For Heroes, Employed To Serve, Kid Bookie and more – can unfortunately no longer happen next month, due to extended building works at the Portsmouth Guildhall.

“Like many historic buildings, the building works to the basement of Portsmouth Guildhall have given contractors a few surprises along the way!” begins Takedown Festival Ltd Director and CEO of The Guildhall Trust Andy Grays. “The main problem being a concrete slab that needs to be drilled for drainage being much deeper than anticipated which has added several weeks to the build schedule. The Base will be one of the most unique creative spaces for young people anywhere in the country once completed, and an incredible asset for Portsmouth, but obviously the unforeseen extension to the works and impact on Takedown Festival will be disappointing for the bands and fans alike.”

“We know a lot of people are finding things tough at the moment and while we have extended our early bird price initiatives and offered split payment options, as one of the first festivals of the season, we have found this year to be particularly challenging,” add Takedown Festival Ltd and Divergent Festivals Directors Kai and Sarah Harris. “This combined with the impact of the extended building works has forced us to consider all options and postponement is the only viable option for this year. Takedown Festival has a really loyal following, and we are determined to use the additional lead-time to hit back next year and deliver the event the fans deserve!”

Is it “hoped” that many bands from this year’s line-up will be able to return to Takedown in 2025 – watch this space for more news when we have it.

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