BOOMTOWN bosses have branded rumours the Hampshire festival has been cancelled as 'fake news'.

Organisers took to Facebook to deny rumours they had cancelled this year's event, set to start at the Matterley Estate, near Winchester, on August 9.

It comes after a widely shared post appeared on social media, claiming the event had been cancelled.

In a statement, organisers said: "Hey guys, we've been getting some concerned emails asking whether the festival has been cancelled and whether or not it’s the last one ...

"Well, these rumours circulate every year. Don't believe the hype.

"We are here to stay, our morals and ethos have never changed and our incredible community will forever evolve."

This year's event will be headlined by British virtual band, Gorillaz - whose real life front man is Blur star Damon Albarn.

Earlier this year, organisers announced festival-goers will be able to attend this year's event a day early, but only if they arrive by sustainable transport.