THE HEAVYWEIGHT DOUBLE HEADER dance event scheduled for this Sunday (May 24) at Brixton Academy has been cancelled.
The bank holiday weekend event, featuring bands originally scheduled to appear at the undersold and cancelled Knebworth Universe Festival, was itself called off on Tuesday due to weak ticket sales.
The Brixton show was to have featured Bentley Rhythm Ace, (pictured) Roni Size, Monkey Mafia, Headrillaz, Boom Boom Satellites, Lo-Fi Allstars and a host of DJs. A spokeswoman for the event told NME: “With only two weeks to promote the event it was always going to be touch and go but we didn’t quite imagine just how slow ticket sales would be. I don’t know if everyone’s going away that weekend but sales were really bad.”
Heavyweight Double Header tickets can be redeemed for a full refund at point of purchase.
Meanwhile, The Mean Fiddler Organisation and Universe reached an out of court settlement in the case for ownership of the name ‘Tribal Gathering’. The name has reverted to original owners Universe following their undisclosed payment to the Mean Fiddler Organisation. Universe are now hoping to stage a new event towards the end of summer.
Mean Fiddler boss Vince Power told NME: “They’re welcome to the name, though I don’t know what they’ll do with it. I got the money they owed me.”
The Mean Fiddler are promoting a dance event in New York this September. It will take place at Randall’s Island in New York, the scene of last June’s Tibetan Freedom concerts featuring REM, Pearl Jam and Noel Gallagher. The Prodigy are among UK acts who’ve been approached to perform. Their spokesman told NME: “They have been asked but that is as far as it goes at the moment. It’s very early days.” Other artists rumoured but unconfirmed include Madonna and The Chemical Brothers.