Less than three weeks before the first band was due to take the stage, organisers pulled the plug on the Mossley Music and Arts Festival.
Despite extensive pre promotion, the two-day gathering planned for Seel Park on May 28 and 29 failed to generate sufficient ticket sales.
More than 40 singers and bands were lined up to play including head liners, the Travelling Band and Limehouse Lizzy.
It had been planned to plough any profits back into community projects. Instead, “poor ticket sales” led to the tough decision being made last weekend.
However, organisers hope, with another 12 months of planning, a Festival will be held in 2017.
A statement on the official Festival website read:”It is with sadness that we have made the difficult decision to postpone the Mossley Music and Arts Festival, originally set to take place at Mossley AFC, Seel Park, on 28 and 29 May 2016.
“Despite an exciting, enviable line-up of performers, and much goodwill and support from local residents and businesses; unfortunately, poor ticket sales have made the staging of the festival untenable.
“However, we’re not giving up. We love Mossley and we’re proud of our home town. We want to showcase the talent it has to offer and we also want people from outside Mossley to see what a great, friendly community we have.
“The festival will return in 2017 with a similarly ambitious roster of artists and a series of smaller pop-up events towards the end of 2016. We look forward to telling you all about it, once dates are confirmed.
“We would like to thank you all for your continued support and enthusiasm, and especially to those who bought tickets.
Full refunds will be processed straight away through the festival’s ticketing partner; Skiddle.”