Babyshambles clubbed from Iceland
Iceland | |
07 October 2005
The organiser of Iceland Airwaves has spoken
exclusively to Virtual Festivals about his reasons for dropping Babyshambles from next month's festival in Reykjavik.
In the first sign that festival promoters are growing tired with the consistent unpredictability
of Pete Doherty and his merry band, festival boss Thornsteinn Stephensen has made the bold decision to drop
Babyshambles from his lineup.
Iceland Airwaves 2005
takes place from 19-23 October at several venues across Reykjavik.
Following from Babyshambles' cancellation, it will now be left to The Zutons, Zoot
Woman, and The Mitchell Brothers to head up the UK involvement in the festival.
on the Iceland Airwaves website says that Babyshambles
had been dropped due to the 'current situation' but Thornsteinn expanded on just what he meant when contacted by
He said: "Our reason is that we had not been receiving any response from Babyshambles regarding their flights and accommodation. They are just impossible to reach.
the fact that they keep getting arrested and failing to turn up to half their gigs has put us in a very
difficult situation. We are quite a small festival and could not afford to have an empty main stage at midnight. We just
couldn't take the risk.
"But it's not a problem now. We have rescheduled the bands and the lineup is now complete.
We're looking forward to another great Iceland Airwaves."
have had a chequered summer of festivals, trashing instruments, pulling no shows, collapsing on stages, and
head-butting a band rival in between the occasional triumphant set. The band are currently on a UK tour with an
album due next month.
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