ATP cancels another festival.
This weekend’s planned ATP 2.0 event in Manchester curate by Drive Like Jehu has been cancelled by the organisers due to a “lack of financial viability.”
The event had originally been scheduled to take place in Pontins in Prestatyn, but was moved to the Victoria Warehouse in Manchester with those who had already booked tickets being provided accommodation in hotels in the city.
ATP’s official announcement follows an earlier Facebook post by the band that branded the situation a “uniquely cruel hoax,” claiming that ATP was unable to honour ticket holders’ accommodation due to having run out of funds.
“It’s a uniquely cruel hoax to appeal to Drive Like Jehu’s ego and ask us to create a program based on personally inviting the bands and musicians that have inspired us and changed the way we hear music and then subject them and their supporters to this,” the band wrote on Facebook. “We really wanted this show to happen more than anything.
“48 hours ago word started to trickle in that Barry hadn’t honored his agreement with many of the bands. These bands were not canceling, but rather did not have the promised means to attend.
“It was only then revealed that ATP was unable to honor the agreement with the ticket holders that purchased accommodation. ATP is out of funds. ATP offered to postpone the event until November as a solution. No thanks. We looked into trying to salvage the weekend by putting on our own free show in Manchester. But at this late date, no suitable venue is available.
“To all the bands and ticket holders, i couldn’t feel more terrible that the fest isn’t happening. We were willing to come over under any circumstance even if it meant we would not get paid, just to see this show happen. I wish i could give you more answers at this point and advice what to do next.”
ATP has said that ticket vendors will be issuing full refunds to those affected, and has also said on its website it will reimburse the cost of any non-refundable travel and accommodation expenses.
The cancellation of this weekend’s festival mirrors the fate of 2014’s Jabberwocky festival. Last weekend’s Stewart Lee-curated ATP went ahead, but John Cale cancelled his appearance, citing a lack of payment.