DOZENS of bands who travelled from across the country to play a much-publicised festival discovered it was cancelled at the last minute.
Hundreds of tickets had been sold for the three-day Punk By The Sea festival on South Parade Pier, Southsea.
Only a few of the scheduled bands played on Friday night.
The Damned were scheduled to headline on Saturday night but the event was cancelled leaving disappointed fans angry at how it was handled by the organisers who broke the news in a statement released on Facebook.
In the end the Milton Arms and Barn staged their own version of the festival on Saturday and Sunday with bands who had travelled down putting on impromptu performances in true punk fashion.
Many hit Facebook angry that they had lost money on transport and hotel fees.
One, Bernard Quartermass, said in a message to the organisers on the social network site: ‘Man up and start to discuss how you plan on repaying back all of the money.’