Shock cancellation of Newcastle’s Leazes Live festival leaves fans and performers ‘angry and confused’
Music fans should be left behind and artists have been left ‘angry and confused’ at the shocking news that a highly anticipated new music festival has been canceled just over a month after its scheduled debut.
The first Leazes Live was due to take place in Newcastle over the May Bank Holiday weekend, with indie rockers Manchester James headlining a bill which also included North East favorites The Futureheads; The pale, mercury-nominated white lanterns on the lake. But just days after promoters announced new additions to the lineup, the brutal news of its cancellation arrived.
It seemed the news came out of the blue for those due to take the stage as well, with local singer-songwriter Charlotte Grayson saying artists had been asked not to post anything about it on social media but, being “crazy” about the situation, she decided to issue her own apologies to the ticket holders.
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And a ticket holder who had paid a total of £87.90 for two people to attend the May Day festival at Leazes Park said his only notification was an email from the ticket office telling him the festival was not would not take place. He said: “There is no explanation other than ‘matters beyond their control'”, and he added that he was now out of pocket after paying a booking fee which is not refunded .
“Refunds are only for the face value of the ticket and not the additional booking fee which is around £4 per ticket, which I’m really not happy about to be honest, paying almost £8 for two tickets which I’m never gonna receive,” he said. “Also, I note that the Leazes Live website is gone along with most of their social media pages.”
The new festival, organized by Dance Generation Events, had just been announced in February, with concert promoter 456 Live saying it was “super excited” for “an amazing day of live music” in Newcastle to kick off summer 2022.
This Tuesday, Charlotte Grayson posted a message on his facebook pagesaying, “I’ve seen a lot of confusion regarding #LeazesLive over the past day. From an artist’s perspective, we received an email yesterday letting us know it was canceled with no explanation, and we were told not to post anything.
“Organizers said they were going to ‘quietly delete everything’ online and that we shouldn’t announce the cancellation. I was very uncomfortable not being allowed to announce the cancellation of a festival which I had promoted, so I emailed back. No response.” The performer, who released a new single on Shy Bairns Records on May 28, criticized the way the cancellation was being handled, social media pages being taken down and tickets being refunded by ticket sellers.
“It’s not the way to handle a cancellation that is ‘out of your control,'” she wrote. “The radio silence and concealment of your track looks bad.” She added in her message to followers, “If you bought tickets, we’re all upset, angry and confused. And I’m sorry that even we don’t have answers. I was looking forward to it, and now I’m angry.” She also said posting her message was “the right thing” to do.”
The ticket holder, who did not want to be named, said he bought two tickets with a ‘face value’ of £39.50 but actually paid £43.45 per ticket due fee and transaction fee of £1, making a total order of £87.90. He said the message from ticket company Gigantic informed him that he would only receive a refund on the face value of the tickets, £79, leaving him £8.90 out of pocket.
He said this, covering administration costs as part of his terms and conditions, “I guess that’s fair enough”, but he had been given no apologies for anything that wasn’t his fault. .
He added: “I know two other people in the same situation as me, and I have searched online and noticed people on Twitter and Facebook with the same concerns. It also seems that some ticket websites were still advertising the tickets. , which is concerning. He said he found the “general radio silence” the most disturbing part.
Leazes Live’s day-long schedule was also to include the likes of The Prodigy’s Leeroy Thornhilll; rave DJ Thornhil; The K’s, Bez from Happy Mondays, electronic music duo Altern8 and DJ Slipmatt. Bill-toppers James, who released his latest studio album All The Colors Of You last year, had been seen as a coup for the first event.
A Leazes Live spokesperson said: “It is with regret that we have to cancel our Leazes Live event. With the ever-changing landscape of rescheduled shows and vendor issues during this busy holiday period, despite all attempts to try to get it to work, we were simply unable to meet the specifications required to deliver live production of such a high standard safely.
“We hope to bring this concert back in the near future. Customers should contact their ticket agents for a full refund.”