The 2019 festival would have been the third season of the event held in the grounds of the stately home.
Acts due to perform at the event, which had a 24-hour licence for music round the clock, included Ricardo Villalobos, Four Tet, Shanti Celeste and Derrick Carter.
In a statement on the festival website, organisers said conditions had “dramatically worsened” and would deteriorate further into the weekend, with gusts of more than 50mph (80km/h), leading to the event’s cancellation on safety grounds.
“We are utterly devastated. All the hard work, love and creativity that has gone into planning and producing this year’s event made this an almost impossible decision to make,” they said.
“This was set to be a wonderful weekend and the boldest step we have ever taken as a festival. However, nothing is more important than the safety of our customers, staff and performers, which would be compromised if we were to go ahead.”
They said information on refunds would be made available later, and advised ticket-holders not to travel to the site.
Mimi Aynsley had booked a coach to the festival with about 20 friends, and was at the festival gates when they heard the news.
“A man came on to the coach and told us it had been cancelled – we all thought he was joking,” said the 23-year-old from north London.
“It’s really hard not to be annoyed about it. It’s really quite warm outside… We want the weather to be bad tomorrow just so there’s a reason for it to be cancelled.”
Jess Perillo, who lives in nearby Downham Market, was going to work on a bar at the festival.
Last week, CBS Entertainment chief Kelly Kahl said Love Island had delivered “a really solid, consistent core audience comprised of people who don’t typically watch CBS”, adding that it was the network’s most-streamed show of the season – implying it was particularly popular with young audiences.
Notably, the show’s audience also remained fairly steady throughout the series – with those who watched the premiere mostly sticking with it for the next four weeks.
How is it different from the UK version?
The format is largely the same – it’s mainly the contestants, location and series length that were different.
Comedian Arielle Vandenberg hosted the series, which debuted on 9 July. Matthew Hoffman took on the role of the show’s narrator – delivering similarly humorous commentary to the UK’s Iain Stirling.
While the UK version is filmed in Mallorca, the US version has been shot in Fiji, where the average temperature in July is around 26C.
“Producer manipulation is nonexistent,” he wrote. “One game required Islanders to guess who was being targeted in fans’ insulting tweets, but that barely spurred any insecurities, let alone relationship problems.”
Vice’s Lauren O’Neill wrote: “It’s basically a carbon copy of the UK version, which is for the best. However, it’s let down by the fact the American contestants feel a bit more contrived than the UK ones, and the whole thing is: a) even less natural, and b) nowhere near as funny.”
“Are there more interesting things to watch? Sure. But is it nice to watch an unexpectedly gentle reality show about hot, superficial singles just trying their best to get along while wearing bikinis…? Strangely enough, for right now, it is.”
Viewers have been largely positive about the series on social media, but some have had a few suggestions of their own about how the series could be tweaked.
Overall I loved the casting but can we get a little more variety in body types next season like a couple of plus sized or thick girls and guys who are not muscular? Not one of them are even slim thick #LoveIslandUSA
“We’ve had a beautiful run with HBO for more than a decade and we’re grateful to everyone there for always making us feel at home,” Benioff and Weiss added.
They explained they had found common ground with Netflix executives, including Sarandos, after talking to them in recent months.
“We remember the same shots from the same 80s movies; we love the same books; we’re excited about the same storytelling possibilities,” they said. “Netflix has built something astounding and unprecedented, and we’re honoured they invited us to join them.”
Variety said no financial amount was mentioned for the development deal. But it added that similar deals between Netflix and figures including Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes were “said to have been worth nine figures”.
Shares in the company sank 10% after it added 2.7 million new customers worldwide in the April-June period, well below expectations.
Benioff and Weiss have had huge success with Game of Thrones, earning 47 Emmy awards and 160 nominations for the show, which is based on the books by George RR Martin.
The fantasy drama – which is up for a further 32 Emmys next month – ran for eight seasons, ending earlier this year. The final season got mixed reviews, however, with some fans disappointed with how the show ended.
He pulled out of the 2018 Outlaw Music Festival due to illness, just months after scrapping several shows after being hit by the flu.
In August 2017, the singer-songwriter was also forced to cut short a show in Salt Lake City due to breathing difficulties. “The altitude got to me,” he later explained, adding: “I am feeling better now & headed for lower ground.”
Nelson started his career as a songwriter in the 1960s, penning hits like Patsy Cline’s Crazy and Ray Price’s Night Life.
During the early 1970s, he aligned himself with Waylon Jennings and the outlaw country movement, achieving critical and commercial success with the albums Red Headed Stranger and Stardust.
At the height of his stardom, Nelson ventured into feature films, making his debut alongside Robert Redford in 1979’s The Electric Horseman. He went on to play the lead in Honeysuckle Rose, Barbarosa and Red Headed Stranger, a Western based on his album.
In the 1980s, he formed the country supergroup The Highwaymen with fellow singers Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson; and in 1993, he was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame.
The singer was on tour in support of his 98th studio album Ride Me Back Home, which entered the US chart at number 18 last month.