Following a string of bad luck that seems to be plaguing this summer's UK festival circuit, a nostalgia concert that would have reunited and Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan onstage has been called off as a result of recent heavy rains. The 'Hit Factory' gig had been scheduled to take place in London's Hyde Park tomorrow (July 11, 2012) but the event has been called off after the grounds had been deemed unsafe, following last weekend's Wireless Festival.
Pete Waterman, who worked closely with both Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan at the start of their careers, spoke to the Bbc about the event cancellation and expressed his regret at the necessary outcome: "People have come from all over the world to make this happen," explained Waterman. "We're trying to work out what we can do. Police, parks and safety people have said it's completely unsafe at the moment. We saw the damage caused by the Wireless festival at the weekend, but we can't get lorries on to the site to dump bark and mulch on the ground."
A number of other acts who made their name in the 1980s were scheduled to play, including Rick Astley, Bananarama and Sonia. Waterman hopes that they will be able to reschedule the date, though he admits that it will be difficult as some of the acts will have other touring commitments. The organisers of the event have issued a statement to say "the decision was made following full consultation with all of the relevant authorities and the safety advisory group. The safety of our customers, performers and production crew is of utmost importance and the decision was made unanimously."