World Famous Music Fest Speaks Out On 'Cancellation' Controversy

3 March 2016 | 10:30 am | Staff Writer

Organisers release statement.

Organisers of the London-founded All Tomorrow's Parties (ATP) have cleared up speculation that this year's festival will be not be going ahead, after the venue hosting the event reportedly stated as such to ticket holders earlier this week.

ATP 2.0 is scheduled to take place at Pontins holiday camp in Prestatyn, North Wales, on 15-17 and 22-24 April, however some ticket holders were left scratching their heads after contacting the venue to enquire as to why the camp was still taking family bookings on the festival dates, to which Pontins reportedly responded, "ATP has been cancelled by the organizer."

In a Facebook post released this morning, ATP organisers addressed the confusion, following on from an earlier statement this week which read, "We have just spoken to Pontins and we are currently resolving this miscommunication. Our events are going ahead as planned.

"The rumour which circulated online regarding our April festivals stems from a delayed payment from ATP to Pontins," the updated statement reads. 

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"This is something which we take full responsibility for, and are now resolving. The payment will be sent through to them tomorrow which Pontins will confirm when they receive. We apologise wholeheartedly for the concern and worry this has caused our customers, artists and curators. 

Organisers claim that ticket holders were given incorrect information by Pontins staff and that their responses resulted in the false information being shared online "at a rate which we were unprepared for".

"Unfortunately with the speed at which the internet moves these days, inevitable problems that can always arise in the course of delivering an event can be magnified and speculated about before they get a chance to be worked through calmly behind the scenes," the statement continues.

"While discussion between parties involved can take weeks to be resolved, the internet demands minute by minute updates on everything and in turn that can end up causing more confusion by people answering based on a sense of urgency and not completion. This is something we want to avoid."

Read the full statement here.

ATP 2.0 has been curated by UK comic Stewart Lee and US band Drive Like Jehu and will feature live performances by Rocket From The Crypt, Hot Snakes, METZ, Wire, The Ex and more. 

The ATP festival, after being founded in 1999 by Barry Hogan, came to Australia for the very first time in 2009 and was curated by Aussie music legends Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds who performed at the events in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne alongside acts such as The Saints, Spiritualized, Fuck Buttons, Robert Forster and The Necks. 

In 2013, the festival returned for the I'll Be Your Mirror event which was curated by ATP organisers and Melbourne rockers, The Drones.