Alt-Fest Organizers Blasted By Band For Poor Communication

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July 31, 2014 | 11:18am EST

Organizers of the first Alt-Fest music event have been blasted by an Italian rock band for refusing to confirm or deny reports it will be canceled.
Ticketholders began to worry the inaugural British heavy metal festival would be called off when rocker Marilyn Monroe announced it was canceled on his online schedule. Gary Numan and Cradle of Faith have also reported their set is not going ahead.
The organizers apologized for the delay in addressing rumors on the event’s page and revealed they were struggling with many issues so could neither confirm nor deny reports.
They wrote on Wednesday, “We at Alt-Fest HQ would like to sincerely apologize for our silence over the last 24 hours. Currently we are working all hours to deal with some extremely challenging & stressful issues for Alt-Fest. We will be able to provide an official statement with full information before Monday and answer any questions you may have at that time.”
Italian electronic group XP8 now blasted the organizers for keeping the bands who are on the bill in the dark too.
They commented on Facebook, “Are you going to contact us anytime soon or will you keep to (sic) ignore our email, and keep treating us as a ‘B series’ band while most of the headliners have been notified already yesterday? This statement was needed yesterday, and today you were expected to come up with a PROPER solution, after having contacted privately all those bands who still haven’t jumped ship. It’s really time you learn you (sic) jobs.”
The festival, created by $102,000 worth of donations on a crowdfunding site, was due to take place on 15-17 August (14) in Northamptonshire, England.