Titanic Lockdown festival cancelled

Published Thursday, 17 May 2012
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The Titanic Lockdown festival due to take place in June has been cancelled.

Titanic Lockdown festival cancelled
Happy Mondays were due to play their first Belfast gig in over 20 years. (© Getty)

In a statement the organisers said the announcement was due to poor ticket sales.

New Order and Happy Mondays had been due to headline the festival on 1 and 2 June in Belfast's Titanic quarter.

The 'boutique' festival would have been the first time the Happy Mondays had played Belfast in 20 years.

"Despite a huge wave of goodwill, ticket sales have been significantly slower than forecast for an event featuring such high profile acts. As a result, it will not be possible to deliver the event," the statement read.

"We would like to offer our sincere thanks to all who have supported, endorsed and believed in the project."

They offered good wishes to other local festival organisers, stating: "They make a wonderful contribution to the cultural life of our city in these bleak economic times.

The festival was organised by music promoters Hydroponic Music. A previous all-day concert T13 at the end of March launched the festival and featured performances from DJ Gilles Peterson, Soul Jazz Sound System and Roots Manuva.

All tickets for the event will be fully refunded and ticketholders are advised to contact their ticket providers for details.

© UTV News
Comments Comments
Marie in Belfast wrote (988 days ago):
I'm not surprised to be honest! They havent played in Belfast for 20 years so the following isn't what it was. Outdated has-beens for headline acts - MAJOR FAIL!
Kath in Belfast wrote (988 days ago):
Are we seriously being asked to believe the likes of Gilles Peterson (WTF is he?)outsold the legends of Manchester? Ridiculous. Willing to bet the organisers just calculated their profits weren't what they could be bothered staging the gig for. NEVER buying tickets for a Hydroponic Music hosted event again. Been looking forward to this for weeks. Sean, Bez & Barny et al welcome to play your maracas & sing about death in my gaf!
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