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By Christie Breen
Dumfries and West
Disappointment as summer festival cancelled

DUMFRIES’ Doonhame Festival has been cancelled for 2024 due to escalating costs.

Following much deliberation, the organisers behind the popular two-day event which is held at the Crichton, have decided not to host it in 2024 due to escalating costs and personal commitments.

Explaining the shock decision, co-Director of the festival Sandy Sweetman yesterday said: “2023 was a hugely positive experience for us with the festival taking shape and finding its format, however balancing ticket prices with the rising costs of putting a festival together and looking at our own limited availability to dedicate the necessary time to the project sadly makes it unsustainable.

“Mark and myself could not be more grateful to all the people who supported us throughout this journey, from the dedicated team who put so much time and energy into helping us throughout the last five years, the Crichton for accommodating us, sponsors and everyone who committed by buying tickets.”

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