A SOUTHAMPTON music festival has been axed.

City culture bosses confirmed that Common People will not return to Southampton this year. 

The companies behind the Southampton and Oxford festivals have been put into administration with combined debts of more £760,000.

The two-day event has brought stars from around the world and more than 10,000 people a day to Southampton Common since 2015.

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Headliners last year included Lily Allen, the Jacksons and Boney M.

Southampton City Council’s culture boss Councillor Satvir Kaur said: “It’s not happening.

"We have really enjoyed working with the Common People team and I will be sad to see them go.”

The festival, which took place last year at the start of May, also provided a platform to local bands, artists and performers and brought thousands of pounds to local businesses both on site and in the city.

Documents filed with Companies House show that Common People Festival Ltd - the company behind the Southampton event - owes £543,546.50.

Hampshire companies owed cash by Rob Da Bank include Lite Up from Segensworth, who are owed £4,600.

Loos for Dos in Bordon are owed £5,791.

CW Plant in Nursling are owed £3,000.

But the biggest creditor is listed as Bestival Ltd, which is owed £410,000. 

A statement posted with Companies House by liquidators shows debts of the Oxford festival - run by Common People (Oxford) Ltd - of more than £267,000.

Oxford City Council is owed about £5,000 for the hire of the park and its corporate arm Direct Services is owed another £2,000 which includes the cleaning bill.

Oxford Story Museum is owed £1,000.

Liquidator Julie Palmer of Begbies Traynor Ltd said it is unclear as to whether the companies - set up by DJ and music mogul Rob da Bank - will be able to clear the debts.

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Speaking to the Echo she said: "They have got some potential" to pay off the debts - but added "if there is a recovery it won't be a particularly large recovery."

As to whether the Southampton and Oxford events will happen this year she said: "I don't think there are any plans. But he might change his mind."

The event was staged by DJ Rob da Bank, who also ran Bestival and the family-focused Camp Bestival, both in Dorset.

However, his company Bestival Ltd ran into financial difficulties last year, partly brought on by a weekend of bad weather last summer which forced the early closure of Camp Bestival.

Refunds were promised to ticket holders.

Many artists – including Plan B and London Grammar – were also owed money.

Camp Bestival has been rescued and will be run by Live Nation and promoter SJM.

However Common People Oxford and its sister event in Southampton will go.

A spokesman from liquidator Begbies Traynor, said: “Common People (Oxford) Limited and Common People Festival Limited went into liquidation and the business and its assets were not bought by any other company.

"As a result there will be no Common People festival in 2019.

"We are unable to make any further comment.”

The festival website hasn't been updated since last year's event.

Common People have been contacted for a comment.