The event was scheduled to take place in Manchester this weekend (April 22-24)
Gig promoters All Tomorrow’s Parties have issued a statement following the cancellation of the upcoming ATP 2.0 event curated by Drive Like Jehu.
Drive Like Jehu announced earlier today (April 18) that their planned weekender would 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.
Now ATP has issued a statement to Facebook, promising full refunds and offering apologies. “After working through all options, including moving the event from Prestatyn to Manchester, we have had to accept defeat due to its lack of financial viability. We would like to apologise to everyone involved, especially to our customers who were planning to attend the event,” the statement reads.
ATP add: “We would also like to extend our gratitude to the curators and artists for their involvement, and we are so sorry that we will not be able to stage this event… We have instructed all ticket vendors to issue full refunds to their customers as soon as possible”.
John Cale previously pulled out of both ATP weekender shows, saying: “We did our best to believe in the organisers, in the end, they let us all down.”
ATP has suffered several cancellations amid financial troubles in recent years, including London’s Jabberwocky Festival in 2014.