THE city council has explained why it took the decision to cancel the final day of On The Beach in Brighton.

The party on the seaside at Madeira Drive kicked off on Friday night headlined by Carl Cox, followed by performances by Chase & Status and more on Saturday.

However, those hoping to attend the final day headlined by Pendulum were told the event had been abruptly cancelled.

Yesterday, organisers said the event had been called off due to "reasons beyond our control". Today, Brighton and Hove City Council explained why it made the decision.

A spokesman said: “We took the decision to cancel Sunday’s On The Beach event on health and safety grounds, after liaising at length with the site’s independent safety officer, the promoters, production and security crews.

“All parties agreed that the extreme weather that had been predicted posed a potentially life-threatening risk to anyone attending or working at the event.

READ MORE: Revellers under pier after On the Beach cancelled

“The safety of everyone at the event always has to be our primary consideration.”

Revellers climbed up underneath the pier as crowds gathered following the cancellation of the beach party.

The Argus:

One person under the pier told The Argus they had tickets for On The Beach but as it was called off they headed to the beach under the pier instead.

In a statement shared on social media, On The Beach said: “Due to reasons beyond our control, we regret we have to cancel today’s On The Beach event.

“It is hugely devastating for us to have to cancel the third sold-out day of On The Beach after months of planning and two hugely successful sold-out days on Friday and Saturday.

The Argus:

“Our deepest apologies for any inconvenience this has caused. Your ticket company will be in touch regarding your refund.”

Many people who were hoping to attend shared their frustrations online after finding out it had been cancelled.

"Are you out of your minds? Look at the weather," said one person.

"Any fool can see it is perfect for a rave. You have lost the plot."

"You could have put this up sooner before people travel 2-3 hours to the event to find out it’s cancelled," said another.

The Met Office had issued a yellow weather warning for rain across Sussex.

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