So it seems, in the blink of an eye, that this is the end of ATP promotions. After swallowing the ticket fees of thousands of fans, cancelling their Jabberwocky festival just days before and getting into public legal wrangles with ticket seller and PR firm, respectively. This episode has left a hugely bitter taste in the mouths of many, once loyal fans.
Furthermore, a raft of replacement shows have been hastily arranged and tickets panic bought by fans left short of satisfaction and entertainment. Some of the bands may have even been looking to secure a double payday, after receiving an advance for Jabberwocky and collecting sums for replacement gigs also, leaving music fans out of pocket and not getting anything like the experience they deserve.
Sadie Dupuis of Speedy Ortiz said on Twitter ‘@killquilty: (I’m) fairly sure most if not all bands were not paid their full fees for ATP. replacement shows only got back a portion of that guarantee’, following that up with ‘@killquilty: not even sure we broke even on the tour due to jabberwocky cancellation TBH. it was a huge blow. i know other bands are in same boat’.
@Patzsz not even sure we broke even on the tour due to jabberwocky cancellation TBH. it was a huge blow. i know other bands are in same boat— sadie dupuis (@killquilty) August 18, 2014
But not ALL bands are ‘in the same boat’, seamingly. When Forest Swords was asked about the situation regarding replacement shows, he expressed ‘@forestswords: (I) Notice the only bands who didn’t do replacements were the larger ones? They’re the ones they’ll have paid. Not the smaller ones’.
But with Kurt Vile and Neutral Milk Hotel both playing replacement shows and featuring as headlining acts, does this mean they’ve been quick to cash in in the face of adversity. Have these two acts taken their fans to the cleaners? We can’t be certain but one thing is for sure - this is the end of trust and respect in the once revered ATP brand. Whilst the situation with the replacement shows and fans having to pay much more than they bargained for smaller shows is awful, the focus should remain on the mess ATP have made of this event and their lack of willingness to take ownership. We don’t care who the ticket company are, we bought ATP - we expect ATP and it is ATP who will suffer most from this mess.
Notes: Kurt Vile ignored our request for comment. We were unable to find a contact to question regarding Neutral Milk Hotel.