Cancelado el ATP de Drive Like Jehu

La marca festivalera vive tiempos convulsos

El festival ATP comisionado por Drive Like Jehu que tenía previsto celebrarse en Manchester, se ha visto truncado por motivos ajenos a la banda, que ha lamentado y denunciado la situación en un comunicado en Facebook acompañado de la foto adjunta, un rollo de papel higiénico con las letras ATP pintadas. El regreso de la legendaria banda de post-hardcore se ve empañado así con obvia frustración por la decepción ocasionada a fans y bandas amigas, recordemos, invitadas por ellos a tocar en dicho evento. El evento ya llevaba una trayectoria turbulenta, habiendo sido previamente cambiado el recinto, pero el detonante para la total cancelación ha sido que al parecer ATP no estaba facilitando a las bandas los medios para asistir al evento ni tampoco asegurando a los compradores de la entrada el alojamiento incluido.

Esta es una nueva piedra en el tumultuoso camino de ATP pero está lejos de ser la única. Hace cosa de días, John Cale corría la misma suerte y, tras haber sufrido un cambio de recinto (del Norte de Gales a Manchester, nada menos), se veía obligado a cancelar por considerar que ATP no estaba cumpliendo su parte del contrato. Otro caso sonado fue el festival Jaberwocky que se canceló en Londres tres días antes de su celebración. A raíz de este evento descubrimos por comentarios en Facebook que ATP tiene a mucha gente descontenta en Reino Unido en los últimso tiempos y que incluso hay campañas de boicot a lo que organizan por no cumplir con las bandas.

Estaría por ver si la cancelación de Drive Like Jehu o alguno de los invitados de su festival tienen algún impacto en nuestro país o si la actuación de los norteamericanos en el Primavera Sound (recordemos, festival con un escenario comisionado por ATP) está a salvo.

Recordamos que al evento habían sido invitadas también bandas españolas como Betunizer y Nueva Vulcano.

 

All Tomorrow’s Parties CANCELS ATP curated by Drive Like Jehu in Manchester via Prestatyn

After 4 months of a long and bumpy ride, the wheels finally fell off the wagon and crashed and burned. A search party was sent to Monkey Island to scan the wreckage for survivors and only found Barry Hogan/ATP collecting bits of luggage and body parts for his next show “ATP 3.0 The 90’s Deconstructed”. Tickets on sale now at Gofundme.com
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 realize 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 hadn’t honored his agreement with many of the bands. These bands were not canceling, but rather did not have the promised means to attend. It was only then revealed that ATP was unable to honor 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.
This affects the Swami John Reis & The Blind Shake shows that were to follow ATP as well. We are unable to come over at this time.
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.

 

Aquí el comunicado de ATP.