Cancelled Horizon Music Festival will go ahead next year, says promoter

Bassjackers at Electric Daisy Carnival New York 2013.

The organiser of a cancelled music festival which was due to take place next month has insisted that ticket-buyers will be refunded, and that the event will go ahead next year.

Last week Venom Events announced that it was cancelling the Horizon Music Festival because of issues arising from its choice of venue — the second location due to host the event.

The festival was originally advertised as taking place at Fairyhouse Racecourse on July 1 and 2, but last month it was announced it would instead be held at Drumbaragh House, Kells, Co Meath, on August 20 and 21. Last week it was revealed that the event would not go ahead.

Lukas Salamandra of Venom Events and EOS Productions said he personally stands to lose €57,000 as a result of the cancellation of the dance music festival and that he is working on refunding all those that bought tickets.

A statement on the festival website said that “it was of the opinion that the site in question was not suitable as remedial works had to take place in order for the musical festival to commence”, which in turn would hamper the traffic management system required.

“It was allso [sic] very much noted that some local residents in the area had very unfavourable views and very strong objections at the type of music intended to be played at the music festival in Drumbaragh. Which is Electrical [sic] Dance Music listened to by young people,” the website stated.

Mr Salamandra said he planned to address the issues arising with the Kells venue and hold the festival next year.

The cancellation follows a litany of issues that arose with the festival over the last few months.

Last May the Irish Examiner learned that Bassjackers, a dance act listed as one of the headliners for the festival, were not booked to play the event.

“Bassjackers won’t be performing at this show,” the act’s management told the Irish Examiner.

“We are already taking juridical steps against this person so we hope to have the promo removed from all channels soon,” the act’s management said of the festival advertising.

An agency representing the act subsequently said the promoter had been in touch and “asked to work on a solution”, but last month stated that “Bassjackers will definitely not play Horizon in August as they are confirmed for another show elsewhere.”


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