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The soon-to-retire DJ couldn't guarantee his attendance at The Flying Dutch – Swedish Journey, forcing Alda to cancel the entire festival
By IQ on 10 Jun 2016
Alda Events has announced the cancellation of July’s The Flying Dutch – Swedish Journey festival over concerns as to whether headliner Avicii would turn up.
In a statement posted on its website, the SFX-owned promoter writes that the event “is now cancelled because Avicii’s management can’t vouch for the presence of the superstar”.
“These past weeks we experienced [a lot of] uncertainty because Avicii was cancelling a lot of shows all over the world,” says event organiser John Ewbank. (The Swedish DJ most recently pulled out of his Las Vegas residency, citing “personal reasons”.) “Our request to Avicii and his management to provide a guarantee of his attendance at our event [was] to no avail. They can’t vouch for his presence.
“This uncertainty is unacceptable. We can’t do that to our audience.”
“Our request to Avicii and his management to provide a guarantee of his attendance at our event was to no avail. They can’t vouch for his presence”
Alda’s Allan Hardenberg adds: “We regret this very much, also because these would be his final shows in our country. We understand that the fans will be disappointed, especially because everyone realises how unique this event would have been. Everyone who had already bought a ticket will of course receive a refund. They will be informed by us personally and our website will also contain information about how to get your money back.”
Avicii (pictured) – the sixth-highest-paid DJ in the world and “a key figure in the transformation of dance music to the global, arena-filling mainstream phenomenon that is ‘EDM'”, wrote IQ in March – announced his retirement from music earlier this year.
Swedish Journey was to have been a showcase of Swedish DJs spinning off the from the main The Flying Dutch event, which took place in Amsterdam, Eindhoven and Rotterdam last weekend.
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