Beyonce: Maldon Carnival's dreams dashed
28 February 2013 Last updated at 20:46 GMT
Carnival organisers in Essex thought they might secure pop superstar Beyonce to appear at this year's annual event - until they learned even negotiating an appearance would cost £50,000.
After the Maldon Carnival team met with a representative for the singer to arrange the once in a lifetime event, it emerged there had been "a misunderstanding".
Organisers continue to look for a guest of honour.