"The train is near and dear to my heart": Skrillex cancels cross-Canada train tour

Leaves on the track not to blame. 

Last year, Skrillex took Diplo, Grimes, TOKiMONSTA and Pretty Lights on a successful railway tour across Canada, with all the artists involved travelling together on a private train from venue to venue. As reported, the Full Flex Express was all set to make its second journey this July, with tickets already on sale.

As Exclaim note, the tour has now been axed. Logistical difficulties seem to be to blame, with the organisational team struggling to pin down a suitable train for the expedition. A statement offers some insight into Skrillex’s (loco)motives:

It is with huge disappointment that we have to announce the Full Flex Express will not be happening in 2013. During the past 4 months we lost the train we had booked, found a new one, and then realized the cost associated with using it would put us at a huge, huge loss.

We explored every option to make the Full Flex Express happen but ultimately we could not get around these setbacks. Also, some of the acts we had in mind were unavailable and we only wanted to deliver the best of the best, which is what we think this festival should deliver.

The train is near and dear to my heart, and we have every intention of bringing it back in a massive way in 2014 (and for many years after), so please understand that we do this for you and this is just an unfortunate convergence of circumstances. Refunds will be issued at point of purchase and also to everyone who bought a ticket online.

The train was originally set to travel from Montreal to Vancouver, with stop-offs planned in Toronto, Winnipeg and Calgary. Skrillex is involved in Cirque Du Soleil’s new club venture, LIGHT.

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