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OktoberFest cancelled 20 minutes before first drinking session was due to begin

Leon Watson

Published 09/10/2015 | 23:29

OktoberFest London has been cancelled at short notice after organisers were unable to cope with the unexpectedly large crowds that turned up for the event’s opening night.

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Organisers of the all-day German-themed drinking event, due to be held in London's Tobacco Dock, made the announcement this morning, 20 minutes before the first session was due to begin at 12.00pm.

A statement posted on the organisers' Twitter feed then followed, confirming all three remaining days were called off.

It said: "Due to unforeseen circumstances the OktoberFest London event has been cancelled.

"The ticket holders are requested to keep hold of their tickets for the event, and the company will inform all ticket holders of the procedure for claiming a refund as soon as possible."

It followed chaos at the festival's opening last night as long queues formed to get in.

The announcement sparked anger online, with Twitter users saying the inevitable "you can't organise a p*** up in a brewery":

Meanwhile, another entirely unrelated event, also called the London Oktoberfest, will still go ahead as planned in Millwall Park in Canary Wharf.

Tickets for the cancelled event had cost £10, or £60 for a premium pass that guaranteed a seat.

VIP tables were also available at £1,000.

Visitors were promised six different beer tents to rove around in, authentic Oompah bands and food provided by the London-based food chain Herman Ze German.

The event, that was due to run until October 11, is London's version of Munich's traditional beer festival.

It finished last Sunday having attracted 5.9m visitors to the Bavarian capital. A total of 7.7m litres of beer were drunk.

Telegraph.co.uk

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