Nottingham's City Pulse scrapped 'due to funding cuts'

City Pulse logo City Pulse music festival has been held in Nottingham since 2008

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City Pulse, one of Nottingham's biggest free music events, has been scrapped.

The festival, which costs about £100,000 to stage, has been cancelled due to government funding cuts, the city council said.

A spokesman for the council said it regretted the move but there was still plenty on offer for free in the city.

City Pulse, which hosted artists like The Manfreds, Athlete and Imelda May, had been held in the Old Market Square every spring bank holiday since 2008.

'Great shame'

Nigel Hawkins, head of culture and business management at Nottingham City Council, which stayed under Labour control at last week's election, said: "Like all local authorities we face quite a difficult settlement from central government, we've had cuts of £60m, so we've had to reassess events and activities we can do."

Tony Sherwood, who booked most of the artists, said Nottingham benefited economically from the free festival.

"It's a great shame," he said. "It brings people into Nottingham. They could go out and do a bit of shopping, they'd go into the restaurants, have a drink."

Mr Hawkins said that over the weekend City Pulse would have taken place there were still events for people to enjoy, with some free activities.

They included the Dot to Dot new music festival, Nottingham Children's Week and the first Nottingham European Arts and Theatre festival.

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