The organizers of the Flying Dutch Festival - Swedish Journey fear that Avicii won't show up, so they have decided to cancel the entire festival.
In a post published on the Alda Events website, the organizers state that the cancellation is a result of "Avicii's management" not being able to "vouch for the presence of the superstar."
“These past weeks we experienced uncertainty because Avicii was cancelling a lot of shows all over the world,” says organiser John Ewbank. ‘Our request to Avicii and his management to provide a guarantee of his attendance at our event went to no avail. They can’t vouch for his presence. This uncertainty is unacceptable. We can’t do that to our audience.”
“We regret this very much, also because these would be his final shows in our country,” said Allan Hardenberg of Alda. “We understand that the fans will be disappointed, especially because everyone realises how unique this event would have been.”
Other acts like Dada Life, Alesso, and Steve Angello were all scheduled to appear at Flying Dutch, set to take place Saturday, July 30th in The Hague, Nijmegen and Den Bosch.
It's very strange that an event of this magnitude would be canceled as a result of one artists fickle nature of showing up for gigs, but most ticket holders were likely looking forward to seeing Avicii above all others as it would have been one of his last performances in the area.
The festival has announced that all those who purchased tickets will receive a refund.