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Beach Boy heads Hop Farm Festival

Brian Wilson Credit: Britta Pedersen/DPA/Press Association Images

Brian Wilson, the co-founder of the Beach Boys has been announced as one of the headline acts at this year's Hop Farm Festival.

James Blunt, Caro Emerald, Paul Carrack, Squeeze and The Feeling will also play.

Last year's event was cancelled in May last year because of poor advanced ticket sales and fears of substantial losses.

It's now been revived with a new promoter and will run from July 4 - 6 July at the Hop Farm in Paddock Wood in Kent.

James Blunt will also be playing at the Hop Farm Festival in July Credit: Felix Harhager/DPA/Press Association Images


Festival organisers feared 'substantial losses'

A statement issued on behalf of promoter, Vince Power, said: "We've worked very hard to try to make it work but it's proved too much a of mountain to climb and despite fighting hard...based on poor ticket sales and the forecast selling rate substantial losses would be made.

"It is a surprise for us that after 8 weeks of heavy marketing and with such a great bill that we have to cancel, though we are convinced this does not reflect on the artists, it highlights the poor economic climate."


Big names drawn to Hop Farm Festival

Prince headlined at the Hop Farm Music Festival in 2011 Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Archive/Press Association Images

In recent years the Hop Farm Festival has attracted some major names including Prince, Bob Dylan, Peter Gabriel and Sir Bruce Forsyth.

According to its website, there are still plans for the festival to go ahead in 2013 although the line-up has yet to be announced.

A first tranche of tickets to be released has already sold out

Drug seizure: Police statement

Officers from The Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate are investigating the find.

The case is being headed by Detective Sergeant Tristan Kluibenschadl who said: "This is a significant seizure and we have been successful in taking a huge amount of drugs off the streets.

"If anyone has any information surrounding the supply and use of drugs, please contact the police, all information received is treated in the strictest confidence."

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