Drive Like Jehu say ATP 2.0 show is cancelled and call event a ‘cruel hoax’

The event was scheduled to take place in Manchester this weekend (April 22-24)

Drive Like Jehu have announced that their planned All Tomorrow’s Parties event will not go ahead, blaming the organisers and labelling the situation a “uniquely cruel hoax”.

Stewart Lee’s ATP weekender took place over the weekend in Pontins Prestatyn, Wales and Drive Like Jehu’s ATP 2.0 gig was scheduled to take place this Friday (April 22), running until Sunday (April 24) at Victoria Warehouse, Manchester. The Drive Like Jehu event was originally scheduled to take place in Prestatyn but later changed venues.

John Cale previously pulled out of both shows, saying: “We did our best to believe in the organisers, in the end, they let us all down.”

Now Drive Like Jehu have taken to Facebook to claim that their gig has been cancelled and that they will hold their own free show in Manchester at a later date for ticket holders. All Tomorrow’s Parties have since issued a statement regarding the claims.

“After 4 months of a long and bumpy ride, the wheels finally fell off the wagon and crashed and burned,” the band write in a Facebook post accompanying a picture of a roll of toilet paper with ATP’s initials written on it.

The statement continues: “It’s a uniquely cruel hoax to appeal to Drive Like Jehu’s ego and ask us to create a program based on personally inviting the bands and musicians that have inspired us and changed the way we hear music and then subject them and their supporters to this. 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.”

“I realise people want answers. I have found out about most of the information involving the problems that plagued this from the start the same way as everyone else. And although the internet is hardly a reliable source for fact, this whole mess has the extra sting of this not being an isolated incident.”

“48 hours ago word started to trickle in that Barry [Hogan, ATP organiser] hadn’t honoured his agreement with many of the bands. These bands were not cancelling, but rather did not have the promised means to attend. It was only then revealed that ATP was unable to honour the agreement with the ticket holders that purchased accommodation. ATP is out of funds. ATP offered to postpone the event until November as a solution. No thanks. We looked into trying to salvage the weekend by putting on our own free show in Manchester. But at this late date, no suitable venue is available.”

“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.”

Read ATP’s statement in response here.

ATP has suffered several cancellations amid financial troubles in recent years, including London’s Jabberwocky Festival in 2014.