Alt-Fest organisers are ‘dealing with extremely challenging issues’ amid cancellation rumours

Marilyn Manson, Gary Numan and The Cult are due to headline Kettering metal festival

The organisers of Alt-Fest, the hard rock and industrial event that’s a new addition to this year’s festival calendar, have said that they are dealing with “extremely challenging and stressful issues” and hope to offer a full update on the status of the festival by the end of the week.

Reports circulated yesterday (July 30) that the heavy rock festival – scheduled to take place at Boughton House in Kettering between August 15-17 – had been cancelled. A listing on headliner Marilyn Manson’s Facebook page even states plainly that the event is no longer going ahead.

Amid confusion and anger from attendees and artists, organisers Missy and Dominic Void posted a message on the festival’s Facebook page apologising for their silence on the subject. While promising to answer the questions of fans and artists due to play at the Northamptonshire bash, they have not, as yet, confirmed whether the event is going ahead.

The message reads: “We at Alt-Fest HQ would like to sincerely apologise for our silence over the last 24 hours. Currently we are working all hours to deal with some extremely challenging and stressful issues for Alt-Fest. We will be able to provide an official statement with full information before Monday and answer any questions you may have at that time. We want you to know that we have been doing everything we can to take the right steps for you: our fans, friends and customers – we assure you we only have your best interests at heart.”

Some bands on the bill for the festival have posted comments underneath the statement expressing their anger at the situation. A post from Italian trance duo XP8 states that they feel ignored and accuses the organisers of “treating us as a “B series” band.”

A further comment posted today (July 31) saw the band write: “This situation is frustrating for all and everyone involved, and I am afraid that no matter how it will be resolved in the end, we all lost a lot in this.”

The same band have also commented that a number of other artists, including Christine Plays Viola, Leæther Strip and Dope Stars Inc, have tried to contact the festival organisers but have also received no reply.

Also playing Alt-Fest are The Cult, Gary Numan, Arch Enemy, Breed77, Cradle of Filth, Covenant, Fearless Vampire Killers, Fields of the Nephilim, Killing Joke, My Ruin and Peter Hook & The Light. For more information visit