Alternative festival has no contract to rent park.

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The popular Hevy Festival will not be taking place at Port Lympne Wild Animal Park this year.

Tickets have already gone on sale for the three-day punk and metal festival in August, but the park issued a statement confirming no contract has been signed for it to take place at their 600 acre site.

The festival has been held at the site for the last three years, but the park said no agreement was reached after initial talks at the end of last year.

Head of communications at Port Lympne Carole Thomas said: “At no point was an agreement or contract signed to hold the Hevy festival here at the grasslands in 2013. I have no idea where the event will be held – and I hope those who have already purchased tickets will get answers to the questions they may have about where the event is to be held.”

A spokesman for the Hevy Festival said: “The new venue should be announced imminently. It is still in the contract stage. There is no bad blood with Port Lympne at all.”

The official website for the festival – www.hevy.co.uk – states it will be held at the park between August 2-4. The organisers have reported that it will still be going ahead this year, but the new venue cannot yet be revealed.

It began as a one-day alternative music festival in Folkestone Harbour in 2009, headlined by Feeder, Ash and Gary Numan.

This year’s line-up features 80 bands, and will be headlined by Killswitch Engage and Black Flag.

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