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Another All Tomorrow’s Parties fest in trouble

Two acts have dropped out of an already slim ATP Iceland line-up, citing a failure by ATP's Barry Hogan to honour the terms of their contracts

By IQ on 15 Jun 2016

Hildur Guðnadóttir, Múm, Iceland Airwaves 2007, ATP Iceland

Múm violinist Hildur Guðnadóttir at Iceland Airwaves 2007


image © Tom Olliver

Although ostensibly organised by a different promoter, All Tomorrow’s Parties’ (ATP) upcoming ATP Iceland festival looks set to share the same fate as April’s two ill-fated ATP 2.0 festivals in the UK as an increasing number of acts pull out just over two weeks before it’s due to kick off.

Múm, Blanck Mass/Benjamin Power and Fabio Frizzi have all called off their appearances at the festival – billed as being presented by Tölva Parties of Reykjavik, and scheduled to take to place from 1 to 3 July at the former naval base of Ásbrú – in recent weeks, with Italian composer Frizzi being the latest to cancel.

He wrote on Twitter yesterday: “We’ve made every effort to make this show happen, but unfortunately the lack of communication and the failure to honour any of the agreements that we made with Barry Hogan (ATP) made it impossible for us to perform.”

“Unfortunately the terms of the agreement with the festival have not been honoured and the band has been left with no other option than to pull out of the line-up”.

“The lack of communication and the failure to honour any of the agreements that we made with Barry Hogan made it impossible for us to perform”

Icelandic band Múm issued a similar statement late last month, writing on Facebook: “Unfortunately the terms of the agreement with the festival have not been honoured and the band has been left with no other option than to pull out of the line-up.”

There are still only 26 artists confirmed for the three-day festival, reports CMU, and day tickets are yet to go on sale.

ATP’s last two events – one programmed by comedian Stewart Lee and one by US post-hardcore band Drive Like Jehu – were beset by controversy from the outset, with venues not being paid, ATP taking out a payday loan and Drive Like Jehu’s festival being uprooted and moved halfway across the country. While Lee’s event eventually went ahead (albeit after a “nightmare start” that saw John Cale pull out, Roky Erickson not get paid and guests being left without chalets), Drive Like Jehu’s was called off at the last minute.

IQ has contacted ATP founder Barry Hogan for comment.

 


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