Lack of artist availability blamed for Big Chill cancellation

Managing director of Big Chill promoter Festival Republic cited Olympics and artist availability as key reasons to put festival on ice in 2012, writes Erica Basnicki.
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The Big Chill festival has been put on ice this year. In a statement released online, Melvin Benn, managing director Festival Republic, explained his decision: “I looked long and hard late last year at moving the date so it didn’t clash with the Olympics but the mix of the festival fans desire to keep the date and an inability to find an alternative date that works I plumped for maintaining the existing weekend. Sadly, the artist availability and confirmations we were achieving led me to conclude that I couldn’t risk going ahead with the event as an outdoor event this year. Efforts are being made to look to bring a smaller event indoors this year with the anticipation of Big Chill being back outdoors in 2013.” SSE Audio Group, who were slated to provide the PA for the Big Chill were asked to comment but declined. Festival cancellations numbered in the 30s in 2011, but the effects of these cancellations on the live sound industry have been questionable. The Big Chill was founded in 1994 by Pete Lawrence and Katrina Larkin, developed into an outdoor festival in 1995, and in 2002 moved to Eastnor Castle, Herefordshire. As previously reported by PSNE, Festival Republic acquired the rights to hold further Big Chill festivals when former organisers ChillFest Limited went into voluntary liquidation in 2009.



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