Lost Vagueness' Lost Weekend Cancelled
June 08, 2006, Press Dispensary. Lost Vagueness, organiser of the Lost Weekend festival scheduled for 23 - 25 June at Powderham Castle, Devon, has confirmed that the Lost Weekend is now officially cancelled.
A last minute opportunity to re-finance the event has not succeeded, despite strong hopes, and the cancellation has now been formally confirmed.
The future of the festival came into serious doubt yesterday (Wednesday 7 June) when its financial backers, AEGLive, withdrew. AEGLive is the live entertainment division of the Los Angeles based global corporation AEG, a sports and entertainments promoter. Further backers emerged but it has not been possible to put in place a package that would guarantee the event at such short notice.
Lost Weekend organiser Roy Gurvitz said: "We were devastated when AEGLive told us they were pulling out. It was completely unexpected that they should leave us in the lurch like this at the 11th hour. We felt especially sorry for the artists and the ticket holders who were looking forward to a fantastic substitute to Glastonbury. We tried our level best to find alternative finance and we came very close but it's important to ensure a fair deal for our ticket holders. In the end, with so little time, it became clear that the right thing to do was to cancel."
Lost Vagueness has further dates planned on 12th August (The Glorious 12th hunting party) and 28th October (the Halloween horror show) at the Coronet in London's Elephant & Castle, which may feature artists listed for the Lost Weekend. Roy Gurvitz continued: "We are talking to our artists such as the Zutons and the New York Dolls about alternative dates in London and we hope to see them at our other forthcoming events."
A major concern is that ticket holders are not left wondering. Roy stated: "I can reassure all ticket holders that they will refunded via the agencies from which they bought." AEGLive (http://www.aeglive.com) and Access All Areas (http://www.accessallareas.org) are the principal agencies concerned.
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Notes for editors
On 23 May 2006, Lost Vagueness announced that the Lost Weekend was to be staged at Powderham Castle, near Exeter, to fill the Glasonbury void. Lost Vagueness has a strong history of festival success. As well as running the only field in Glastonbury’s history to be closed due to overcrowding in 2003, and proving a big success at Glasto 2004 and 2005, Lost Vagueness has staged its own events at Strawberry Fair (Cambridge), Stokefest (Stoke Newington) and The Coronet (London), where the Lost Elephant Ball sold out in May 2006. It also showcased a selection of acts at The Lovebox festival in Victoria Park, The Electric Picnic Boutique Festival in Ireland, and ran its own festival near Lewes, East Sussex, in late summer 2004 and 2005. The next Lost Vagueness event is on 14th July at the Hackney Empire, for which tickets can be bought at http://www.hackneyempire.co.uk
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Roy Gurvitz, Lost Vagueness