Power cut puts paid to Groove Armada set at Goodwood

POWER OUT Groove Armada duo Tom Findlay and Andy Cato, right
POWER OUT Groove Armada duo Tom Findlay and Andy Cato, right

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THOUSANDS of revellers went home disappointed after a power cut stopped a DJ’s live set before it had started.

Andy Cato, half of electronic dance duo Groove Armada, was due to perform to crowds at Goodwood Racecourse last night when the whole site suffered a blackout.

It was the opening night of Goodwood’s ‘Three Friday Nights’ event which offers visitors the chance to see horse races and DJs in the same day.

The incident happened as staff began transforming the parade ring into a dance floor after the last race.

The musician was due on half an hour afterwards at 9.30pm.

But at 9.45pm, bosses informed the crowd that the power would not be restored in time for the event to go ahead.

Power came back on at 10.15pm but by then it was too late because licensing rules stated that the DJ’s set needed to be finished by 11pm. A high-voltage cable and bad weather were believed to be the causes of the black-out.

As the power went down a fight broke out between two men. Sussex police arrested one of the men for assault and detained him overnight. Civilian supervisor Dave Donald, of Sussex police’s control room, said: ‘We were informed of the power cut and were called to deal with an altercation between two men which happened at the site just as the power went down.’

On Twitter Goodwood officials apologised for having to cancel the Groove Armada set after the last race and blamed a regional power failure. Dermot O’Leary and Mike Skinner will perform as part of Goodwood’s remaining Three Friday Night events on June 15 and 22.