Alt Fest cancelled

claire21
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I have now received an email telling me unofficially that Alt Fest is off, I was asked not to mention this email. I have an obligation to our friends & fans to let them know as soon as I know, so I shall ignore that request & let you all know.
I believe Amazon are offering full refunds, I strongly recommend you contact your ticket provider & make sure you get your money back, then try & get your money for travel back too.
One of the main bands have told me that the organizers simply got their sums wrong, sorry thats not good enough, don't order stuff you can't pay for, why did they allow themselves to book big headliners.
They need to learn to walk before they can run. Why for the first year didn't they only have 2 stages & have bands such as Cradle & Fields of the Nephilim headline & if it was a success then expand on it next year. Sorry to everyone that have been let down. Please share

Another post: Just received this from amazon where i bought my ticket " Unfortunately, your Amazon Local voucher "Tickets to Alt-Fest Featuring Marilyn Manson, Gary Numan and The Cult" sold by Alt-Fest has been cancelled as the event is no longer going ahead.

Within 48 hours we'll issue a full refund to the payment card that was originally charged and this refund should appear as a credit on your next statement." 100% cancelled.

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  • pogofish
    pogofish Posts: 10,852
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    Never mind refunds - they ought to be offering compensation to anyone having the misfortune to try and view that b.awful website!

    And alternative? - I can remember when some of those headline bands were proudly riding high in the charts! :eek:
  • paddyrg
    paddyrg Posts: 13,543 Forumite
    I don't know who the promoters were, but I've worked on cancelled festivals before and it's not pretty for anyone. There will be a lot of incriminations, and some people who were a bit wide-eyed going into it will end up losing their homes. This happens more often than you'd like to think. Margins are wafer-thin, it doesn't take a lot for everything to go pear-shaped.

    One of the most common failures is trying to finance the event from ticket sales - unfortunately the shape of the ticket sale revenue is different from that of the spend - there's a big gap between the two, which requires gap finance for cashflow, and that's often an unforeseen cost. There are a lot of unforeseen costs, people will fail to provide for the artist contracted riders sufficiently, so that's hotels, extra dressing rooms, booze, etc. They may not think about the realities of sterile and non-sterile segregation of the site, the cost of services, fire, marshalling, privacy, security, etc.

    And that's just naivety - I've also seen a festival where the co-promoter's brother stole a load of VIP wristbands and was flogging them in the car park, then the co-promoter himself drove off with £35k in cash leaving the other (the honest) guy trying to run the show and massively in debt. If something malicious happens, it can be the end of things in a heartbeat - there just isn't the margin to absorb that. Even the big promoters have found the festivals sector very tight in the past few years, and they really do know what they're doing!
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