After a long battle with the Singaporean authorities over licensing, the organizers of Future Music Festival Asia officially announced the cancellation of this year’s edition of the event. It was public knowledge that the organizers were having difficulty securing the licence, however it was believed by most that the issue would be sorted out favorably, but sadly it was not to be.
75% of the tickets to the festival, which was supposed to be held at the Changhi Exhibition Center this weekend on Friday the 13th and Saturday the 14th of March 2015, had already been sold. Luckily though a full refund will be given to everyone who purchased tickets, so that’s a small consolation I guess.
Livescape, the organizers of the festival, applied for a licence to hold the event in Singapore on two separate occasions, both of which were rejected. This was the first year for the festival to move to Singapore after a successful three year run in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. However, it must be noted that last year’s event had six instances of death due to drug overdose and multiple hospitalizations due to drug-related issues. These drug issues were cited by the Singaporean police as the reason for rejecting both licence application. Some believe that Livescape made the mistake of applying for the license too late, hence the rejection.
This has disappointed a lot of people, and has definitely caused an inconvenience for people who had prepared to attend from other countries as well as those who put aside other programs to attend the event. It also means the artists who were scheduled to perform will have a free weekend, unless they come up with other programs. Afrojack, Avicii, The Prodigy, Fatboy Slim, Public Enemy, and Knife Party were among the headliners scheduled to perform at the event.
Whether this occurence will affect next year’s edition of the annual festival is unknown. Whatever the case though it would be prudent for Livescape to sort out crucial things such as venue and licences well in advance before announcing the event and initiating ticket sales. This has definitely put a dent on the the event but I’m sure it’s nothing major though.
Livescape made the official announcement on their site where they expressed their disappointment over the cancellation of the event. They emphasized that the drug-related issues in Malaysia were “isolated incidents” and in no way reflect the general nature of the event.
We emphasise that the safety and security of our festival goers are of utmost importance and will continue to be our number one priority. Regarding concerns the authorities may have about the drug-related incidents that took place in Malaysia last year, we reiterate that these were isolated incidents that took place outside Singapore, which cannot and do not carry any implication that FMFA is linked to drug use or drug abuse.
In light of this development, we are assessing all options and formulating our next course of action. Full details of this will be made available over the next few days.
The Livescape team also thanked fans for their massive support when it was publicized that the team were having issues securing a licence. You can read the entire statement on their website.
In case you purchased tickets and you would like to get a refund you can visit the FMFA website to read the instructions; an official statement on refunds was released just yesterday.
The festival started six years ago in Australia and has since branched out into different iterations which take place in different locations/continents. It’s now one of the biggest electronic dance music festivals of its kind.