Bryn Terfel’s annual summer festival on the Faenol estate at Bangor in Wales has been cancelled for the second year running due to poor ticket sales – and this, despite £250,000 of public money given to the singer last month by the Welsh Assembly.
The grant provoked widespread resentment, coming at a time when every arts organisation in the country is having to cut budgets.
A dejected Terfel told BBC Wales: ‘We have looked at the situation in great detail and from every possible angle. We have found no other workable solution.’ The only event to survive is a concert by the aging Irish boy band, Westlife.
Neither the grant nor the festival yielded much public benefit. Both may now be written off as the singer’s vanity fair.