Zoo Thousand and Eight organisers speak out
United Kingdom | |
08 July 2008
Organisers of the first ever Zoo Thousand and Eight Festival have unreservedly apologised for the problems the festival suffered
The festival first ran into trouble on the Friday (4 July) when two acts were culled from each stage before festival-goers
were even onsite before one of the headliners, Dizzee Rascal, failed to turn up for his slot.
grime star was the first of many acts to pull out before The Rascals, Roni Size and Athlete
followed suit. Other criticisms about the event included stage closures, long queues and poor toilet conditions.
Speaking to BBC News, festival director Danny Blanche said: "Our biggest problem was one of miscalculation
over cashflow. This required us to make the pragmatic decision to cancel a few acts.
"Obviously, none of this
was ideal or planned - and not the quality of experience that we had aimed to deliver - and for that we unreservedly apologise
to all those affected by the situation."
Talking about the rumours that some artists weren’t paid,
he added: "We want to stress that this was our first festival and that we have dealt with all problems directly and
will continue to do so in preparation for next year."
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