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Alt-Fest 2014 Cancelled, Say Bands Booked To Play

After much speculation and concern, it seems almost definite that Alt-Fest 2014 has been cancelled, despite the festival itself not issuing a statement. Find out more here.

Credit: Festival Promo

Credit: Festival Promo

After much online debate and speculation, it seems all but certain that this year’s first ever Alt-Fest will not take place, according to the very bands booked to play the event, to be held in Kettering over August 15th – 17th.

Simon Hall of metallers Beholder and Rob Ferguson of Transcend PR were the first to confirm the demise of the festival, with Hall stating that:

“I got confirmation via text message but also spoke with some of the main stage acts and they’ve also been told … the way this has developed (or not as the case may be) it leaves me hollow to think so many fans, traders and support staff will end up losing out”. 

The festival was to be the first big UK fest to prioritise Goth and Industrial acts, with the likes of Marilyn Manson, Killing Joke, Fields of the Nephilim, Killing Joke and Combichrist all set to make appearances.

Combichrist took to Facebook to relate that “We received notice this morning that the Alt-Fest Festival … has been cancelled … as of now the organizers of the even haven’t made an official announcement but unless there is a massive cabal afoot, we will believe the word we received from our agency. So we are sad to report to you that we won’t be appearing in the UK this summer …”

Although initially thought to be mere rumor circulated by an upset ex-employee, with the sheer number of performers and industry types getting behind the cancellation, ticket holders are all but certain of the festivals unfortunate end.

Tickets booked through appear to be covered under that sites cancellation and refund policy, which will rely on the site being contacted by the promoter and organisers before refunds will be offered, but speculation and concern still abounds around the 563 backers who got behind the initial Kickstarter campaign for the festival, which managed to raise a whopping £61, 762.

Will they be compensated? Is the festival truly cancelled? What went wrong? Only time will tell. HTF will keep you posted.

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