A MUSIC festival celebrating the rich history of music from the North West has been cancelled.

Northern Love Festival was due to take place at Sherdley Park on Saturday, July 16.

Local tribute band The Clone Roses were pencilled in to headline the one-day event, along with a collection of other popular tributes such as Oas-is, The Smiths Ltd, Happy Mondaze, and The Charlatunes.

With the music industry still feeling the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, organisers at Northern Love announced this week that the festival is now cancelled.

St Helens Star: The Clone Roses said the are "truly gutted" at the newsThe Clone Roses said the are "truly gutted" at the news

A statement from Northern Love read: "It's with a heavy heart that we've taken the difficult decision to cancel NRTHN Love Festival on Saturday, July 16.

"This has been a tough decision, but one we feel necessary, due to a number of reasons including the loss of key contractors and artists.

"Alongside this, the events industry is suffering heavily following the pandemic resulting in a degree of uncertainty and a continuation of rising costs. 

"Due to this, some key contractors and partners are still unable to commit to quotes which makes it extremely difficult for us to forecast financially, leaving us with no other option but to cancel the event.

"Our primary aim is that every single person that enters has an incredible experience and we are not prepared to sacrifice this by lowering our standards and the quality of our event."

St Helens Star: Many muso's were looking forward to the musical homage to the North WestMany muso's were looking forward to the musical homage to the North West

Many fans said they were "gutted" at the news, which was planned as one of the highlights of the summer.

St Helens-based The Clone Roses stated that they are "truly gutted" at the news, and are planning a special event next year as part of their 25th anniversary as a group.

Refunds are available at the point of purchase for those who bought tickets.