Fly Music Festival has
supposedly been grounded altogether. Read on for the latest updates. UPDATE: Official statement from Percept Live is in.
After rumours began trickling down in recent days (check here) about the possibility of a couple of artists not playing the Fly Music Festival, it now appears that the Fly Music Festival has been completely cancelled and will not bring the likes of Limp Bizkit, Deep Purple, Anthrax, Mastodon, The Wailers, (one half of )The Doors, and more artists to India after all.
The latest piece of information signaling the possible end to Fly Music Festival came in this today from Bobin James (ex-Rolling Stone India) who went on later to mention (on twitter) that “less than 500 tickets have been sold for Fly so far – across both cities”, and that the cancellation is ”99% pucca, as of right now. Insider from Percept msgd friend.”
So it seems Fly Music Fest is pretty much off. Waiting for official confirmation, but then we might be waiting for a while.
— Bobin James (@Bobin_James) February 9, 2013
With all the back and forth that has gone on since the intial announcement of the festival, and the supposed changes in scheduling/programming at Fly (read about it here), rumours were abound in the music community about whether the festival would fly off the ground after all.
Being organiser Percept’s first major festival venture outside of electronic dance music festivals (see Sunburn), Fly Music Festival was poised to be an event as monumental as the Sunburn series of festivals.
No official statement has been released from the organisers yet, but pieces of information from insiders seem to attest to the cancellation. NH7.in will bring you more news surrounding Fly Music Festival as we hear it.
UPDATE (10.02): Official Statement from Percept Live
We’ve just received an official press release from Percept regarding the cancellation of Fly Music Festival. It is titled ‘Percept Live Cancels Fly Music Festival In Delhi And Bangalore’, and reads as follows:
MUMBAI, February 9, 2013: Percept Live, the organiser of FLY Music Festival, India’s first ever mutli-genre music event has announced that the festival stands cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. All ticket holders who booked their tickets via Book My Show or Kya Zoonga will be contacted immediately for a full refund.
Manuj Agarwal CEO Percept Live, said, “We launched Fly Music Festival with the single objective of providing an extensive international line up and great festival experience to our live music lovers. We managed to create a never before seen international line up to ensure this was possible. However, an initiative of this magnitude had its challenges that required time and consideration, which we sadly underestimated. Due to the extremely tight timelines between our announcement and the actual event, FLY Music Festival could not garner the reach and hype that an event of this stature required for successful execution. In addition the unseasonal rains in Delhi have caused delay in the massive production required. We have approximately 200 people from various bands flying in from across the globe for FLY Music festival and we cannot take a chance of them not being able to perform in a conducive environment. We take complete responsibility for not being able to deliver the promised music experience to fans and artists and apologise unconditionally. We promise to reschedule FLY Music Festival.”
UPDATE: Anthrax still seem to not know about the cancellation of the Fly Music Festival. The band posted this on their Facebook page 11 hours ago. Check out a screenshot below and check out the post here.