AIR Festival organisers have explained why Night Air at the Piers concerts aren’t taking place this year.

The three-day music event, which has previously been part of the Air Festival’s Night Air line-up, has seen a number of acts perform onstage next to Boscombe Pier through the years including Travis, Example, Alesha Dixon and Scouting For Girls.

Last year, unusually high tides forced the cancellation of one of the concerts just minutes before headliners Kaiser Chiefs were due to go onstage.

Waves were already lapping the feet of concert-goers before organisers took to the stage to say they were being forced to cancel for safety reasons.

Fences had already been put up to protect spectators from spray from high waves caused by strengthening wind and the incoming spring tide.

A spokesperson said: “The decision to not have a Boscombe stage is not in response to the events of last year.

“Site improvements have been made for this year to ensure that if a similar freak weather incident were to occur again we could cope with it. It was down to a lack of quality of acts and availability of artists on the summer promotional circuit.

“We are, however, looking at how we could put it on again for 2018.”

There will be free live music as part of this year’s event with entertainment from 8pm at Pier Approach from Rooster, Sam Merrick and Wonderband as well as performances in the Immense Aerobar with entry priced at £5