Warning over Great Yarmouth Facebook beach festival

PUBLISHED: 16:06 04 October 2018

Great Yarmouth beach during the Haven Air Show

Great Yarmouth beach during the Haven Air Show

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Music lovers have been left in the dark over whether a beach festival is coming to Great Yarmouth - with a council warning fans they should steer clear of unofficial sites.

Beach Fest is promising a chart-topping line-up in Great Yarmouth Picture: FacebookBeach Fest is promising a chart-topping line-up in Great Yarmouth Picture: Facebook

According to a Facebook advert, thousands of people are set to enjoy chart-topping acts on Great Yarmouth’s golden sands next summer.

A date has been set for Saturday, June 29, from 1-11pm, but beyond that details are vague.

Great Yarmouth Beach Fest’s Facebook page says some 4,000 have signalled their interest in return for being notified when tickets go on sale in a “surprise release.”

But the borough council, which owns central beach where the event is apparently being staged, has no knowledge of the “huge festival like set” said to be coming.

Although elsewhere the blurb refers to “creating a large beach themes inside venues across the country.”

One social media user reacting to the post tagged it “dubious,” adding: “The supplied photos are giving people the impression that this is an established event. Hmm.”

The page, created at the weekend, has 18 likes and all the hallmarks of a bait event - promoting something huge but with a lack of detail to do with acts and ticket prices.

There are no contact details.

Attempts by this newspaper to message the page have not drawn a response.

A spokesman for Norfolk County Council warned people to be wary of such events.

“Our advice to the public regarding events is that they should buy event tickets only from official sellers and venues, checking their websites and those of the artists to find out who the official sellers are and that they are members of the Society of Ticket Agents and Retailers (STAR).

“Customers should check the terms and conditions on the ticket website to see what happens if things go wrong, for example if an event was cancelled or your tickets didn’t arrive.

“People shouldn’t buy tickets from a website offering tickets before they are officially on sale, or if the company selling them doesn’t have an easy way to contact them and only offers a PO Box address or a mobile number.

“If you cannot see the https at the beginning of the web address when you’re on the website then your payment may not be safe.”

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