A Canadian music festival featuring the likes of The Avalanches, Chance The Rapper, Muse and Tegan & Sara has been cancelled, with festival organisers announcing they will not be issuing automatic refunds to punters due to bankruptcy.
As Brooklyn Vegan reports, up until 18 May (local time) tickets were available to Pemberton Music Festival, but with rumours rampant of its imminent cancellation, ticket-holders started contacting organisers for more information.
However, the festival deleted their Twitter and Instagram accounts and later updated their website with the official announcement that they had gone bankrupt and the festival would not be going ahead in the town of Pemberton, British Columbia.
They stated that they have "no ability to provide refunds for tickets purchased".
"However ticketholders may file a proof of claim form as an unsecured creditor with EYI in accordance with the claims process. Proof of claim forms will be mailed to known PMF creditors in due course and made available on the Trustee’s website," the statement reads.
According to Vancouver radio station CKNW, Pemberton Music Festival cite "decreased ticket sales and increased operation losses" for the bankruptcy.
They report the festival reportedly brought in $8.2 million (presumably Canadian dollars) with $22 million in budgeted expenses, but owes creditors $2.5 million USD.An estimated 55,000 fans may be left waiting for refunds.
A number of fans have taken to Twitter to vent their frustrations.
Pemberton Music Festival organizers right now pic.twitter.com/qXimB0dBGN— Julian Rowan (@jules_rowan) May 18, 2017
I'm fucking crying at pemberton deleting their twitter what kind of extreme bitchasserry— miss keisha (@_Clemm) May 18, 2017
Early bird gets the worm, unless it's Pemberton Music Festival, then the worm files for bankruptcy and absolutely shafts you.— Eric Broatch? (@Broatchy) May 18, 2017
Keep making cheap jokes about Pemberton, or have some empathy about how devastating this is going to be for MDMA dealers and their families.— Rye(GET IT!)Williams (@Ryanornot) May 19, 2017
lol @ Pemberton fest canceling, deleting their twitter & not refunding. So happy I wasnt part of this disaster. Sry 2 those who bought tix— Ekali (@EkaliMusic) May 19, 2017
my heart and soul are literally crushed... go to hell pemberton— emmy (@EmmyyRungee) May 18, 2017
Damn Pemberton went bankrupt and the organizers fell off the face of the earth— Quinn Baskin (@QuinnB9) May 18, 2017
Pemberton I will see u in court— maddie kraemer (@madisonkraem) May 18, 2017