A little over a year ago, I was at a festival in Paris called Rock-en-Seine. Oasis was scheduled to headline the evening after Vampire Weekend. Vampire Weekend took to the gigantic stage and proceeded to roar through a set featuring many new songs, that would later be released on Contra
. After they finished, the stage crew came on for the set change. After 45 minutes, it looked as if the stage crew was sort of idling about onstage, not really sure what to do, simply waiting. I started to suspect that something wrong was happening. At festivals, where they're on such tight schedules set changes shouldn't take this long. Anyways, after 90 minutes we got an announcement that Oasis will no longer be playing because Liam and Noel just got in a huge fight in the dressing room before they were meant to take the stage (surprise surprise). Apparently, Liam smashed Noel's guitar.
Heading home I was imagining how much of a nightmare that must've been for the production crew of the festival. To have to cancel a show due to issues with the artist is extremely disappointing for everyone involved, including the audience.
AMP Music faced a similar situation last week.
Last Friday, AMP unfortunately had to cancel our Fridays @ 5 show because the band failed to arrive. This is the first time anything like this has happened in recent Fridays @ 5 history.
In our contract with the scheduled band, Suburban District, we stated that they need to arrive by 3 and set-up by 3:30. For whatever reason, when 6pm rolled around and they still hadn't arrived, we decided it would be best to cancel the show as opposed to hastily throw something together.
We're terrible sorry that this had to happen. The circumstances were unforeseen and we thought we provided the best solution given what we had to work with (no artist).
Fortunately, our Fridays @ 5 series this semester will be wrapping up with a great band called Wild Nothing. They've been getting a lot of coverage on Pitcfork lately. Watch them perform the streets of Vienna here, http://pitchfork.com/forkcast/14860-your-rabbit-feet-gemini-live-in-vienna/
Again, AMP Music is terribly sorry for the cancelled show last week. Looking forward to seeing you next FRIDAY!