Music lovers let down again

Festival Cancelled

Music lovers let down again

Much to the disappointment of music lovers in the City, ‘Fly Music Festival’, which was slated to take place on February 16 and 17 at Bhartiya City, was recently called off.

From the very start, the festival had boasted of possibly the best line up any music festival in India has offered  — ‘The Wailers’, Robby Krieger and Ray Manzarek of ‘The Doors’, ‘Limp Bizkit’, ‘Anthrax’, K T Tunstall, ‘The Dhol Foundation’, ‘Dub Pistols’ and more. But it was all too good to be true.

In an official statement , Manuj Agarwal, CEO, Percept Live, says, “Due to the extremely tight timelines between our announcement and the actual event, ‘Fly
Music Festival’ could not garner the reach and hype that an event of this
stature required for successful execution.”

At the end, there was even a ‘promise’ made to reschedule the event at a later date.
Fans say henceforth they would think twice before purchasing tickets for any concert organised by the company.

Some of the bands have, in fact, tweeted that they were not informed about the
cancellation.

The fans also point out how this is a shame for India, still an infant in the international music arena, if incidents of this nature continue to take place.

“I remember being really excited when Scott Ian (of ‘Anthrax’) put up a tweet saying they’re coming down to India in February,” recollects Hariharan Mahadevan, a
regular concert-goer.

“The excitement reached an all-time high when the festival was announced and I saw the full line-up. It’s disappointing to think that I had my hopes up so high to see some of the most incredible bands on the planet live, only for it to come crashing down,” shares Hariharan.

He adds, “While a lot of people may complain about the high ticket rates, I found it to be quite reasonable for the amount of entertainment that was to be on display.”

“But every other step taken by the company in this venture has been an incredible failure. There was confusion regarding the dates and the performers’ names kept changing on their website,” he says.

Flight tickets had to be cancelled, weekend plans remade and disappointment filled up the walls of social media sites.

“Without talking about monetary losses, I bought my tickets for Bangalore because it was the closest option to see K T Tunstall perform, of whom I am an insanely huge fan,” says Tejas Menon, a Pune-based songwriter.

“After they changed the schedule without even a single notice, we figured that there was something dodgy about it,” he says.

“The promotional stuff seemed weak and they were vague about key details like line up, dates, etc. I hope that international musicians don’t lose faith in the Indian music scene, which as everyone knows from all the shows that we’ve been having, is really picking up speed,” he wraps up.
Rohini Kejriwal

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