SINGAPORE: It’s official – Future Music Festival Asia has been cancelled, after its organisers failed to obtain a licence to run the show.
The festival was scheduled to be held this Friday (Mar 13) and Saturday at Changi Exhibition Centre.
Those who have bought tickets will be given a full refund, said the organiser Livescape Singapore, adding that details will be given Monday evening.
“We are also aware of the many fans overseas that have made travel arrangements into Singapore for the festival. We are extremely sorry for the inconvenience you’ve been put through,” Livescape said in a statement on Sunday.
Livescape, which has sold about 15,000 of the 20,000 tickets available for the two-day festival, previously submitted applications for a public entertainment licence to the police in January and last month. Both were rejected, with the Police citing “serious concerns” over potential drug abuse at the event.
Livescape appealed to Minister for Home Affairs Teo Chee Hean on Mar 3, but this was also rejected.
The festival, which had a three-year run in Kuala Lumpur, had been marred by drug problems. Concert organisers had to cancel the event on its third day last year after six Malaysians died of drug overdose and another 16 people were hospitalised for drug-related conditions.
In Parliament on Friday, Senior Minister of State Masagos Zulkifli said that the Government is “keeping an eye” on music events, over concerns of potential drug abuse.
The festival has drawn partners such as Citibank, Evian and William Grant & Sons – owner of brands like Glenfiddich and Hendrick’s Gin – as well as big names in electronic dance music such as Avicii, The Prodigy, Fat Boy Slim and Afrojack.
Livescape said the public can send their queries to [email protected]