The holiday camp admit they were unhappy about the content of the website publicity...
THE BOUTIQUE WEEKENDER was cancelled because PONTIN’S were concerned about “sex and drugs,” a spokesperson for the holiday camp chain has exclusively told NME.COM.
The event was due to take place at Camber Sands on March 16-18, with performances from Fatboy Slim, Basement Jaxx and Groove Armada, but was cancelled last week, as revealed on NME.COM (Thursday, February 8).
Organisers cited “unforeseen circumstances” and said it was a “huge blow”, commenting: “Despite healthy ticket sales, problems between the venue and the concert promoters have forced the Boutique to accept that the weekender is cancelled.
“Despite winning plaudits for bringing together one of the strongest and
most interesting line-ups for an event of this kind, Gareth Hansome at Boutique was left with little choice but to advise the artists, DJ’s and most importantly the general public of this bad news.”
Now, a spokesperson for Pontin’s has told NME.COM that the event was cancelled partly because the point of contact between Pontin’s and the event organisers became “fragmented,” and that “contact has not been maintained properly some way down the line”.
“Pontin’s were also unhappy about the content of the website publicity, especially in regard to sex and drugs,” the spokesperson explained. “No contracts had been exchanged, and Pontin’s said that although they were unable to offer the original March event, they were willing to host the event at an unspecified date in June. As far as Pontin’s is concerned, it was the organisers who withdrew.”
In response to this, a spokesperson for the Boutique re-iterated that the event website, as well as the event itself, was being entirely managed by a third party concert promoter.
But NME.COM understands that organisers The Boutique are now considering putting the event on at a future date.