ATP have pulled the plug on their upcoming Drive Like Jehu event.
The revered American outfit were due to chair the latest instalment of the festival, but it was plagued by difficulties from the very start.
The event was due to take place at Prestatyn in Wales, before being moved to Manchester. A Stewart Lee-helmed festival was completed at the weekend, but several big names pulled out due to financial promises not being kept.
Drive Like Jehu broke cover this morning (April 18th) to deliver a no-holds-barred statement on social media:
"We really wanted this show to happen more than anything. It had all the makings of a legendary weekend. We were so committed to seeing this through that we remained hopeful ( blind in retrospect) amongst the ritualistic turmoil and crisis and trusted their solutions that would ensure that the show would definitely go on and the attendees would be treated fairly and the bands would be respected and celebrated."
The statement ends: "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 formally cancelled the event a few moments ago: