Red List Live event falls victim to recession

Aspinall Foundation fundraising concert postponed until 2010

Organisers of a new fundraising music festival that was launched to support endangered animals have postponed the inaugural event because of a lack of bookings.

Fifty per cent of the proceeds of Red List Live, originally scheduled to take place in Kent this summer, would have been donated to conservation charity the Aspinall Foundation.

UK bands The Zutons and British Sea Power had already been booked to play in front of up to 12,000 fans. All monies have been refunded. The organisers declined to say how many were sold.

Eddie Hill, the festival's director, said it was unable to compete with other more well-known festivals and postponing it until next year was the right decision given the economic climate.

 "It wouldn't have made sense to run one event in our first year that could potentially stop us from running any more in the future," she said. "Foremost in our mind was the greater problems it could have created had we made this decision further down the line."

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