ATP Claims April Festivals Going Forward, Though Questions Still Remain

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The organizers behind All Tomorrow’s Parties have assured ticket holders that its two upcoming U.K. music festivals are going ahead, despite seemingly unresolved issues with the host venue.

Fears that two ATP 2.0 events, which are set to be staged on consecutive weekends in April at Pontins holiday camp in Prestatyn, North Wales, had been canceled were sparked when Pontins customer representatives contacted ticket owners to say that the event wasn't going forward.

ATP swiftly denied those claims, blaming the situation on “miscommunication” between themselves and Pontins. In a statement on ATP’s official Facebook page, organizers say that the confusion was caused by a delayed payment from ATP to Pontins. “This is something which we take full responsibility for, and are now resolving. The payment will be sent through to them tomorrow which Pontins will confirm when they receive. We apologise wholeheartedly for the concern and worry this has caused our customers, artists and curators,” said organizers, who reiterated their claim that the “festival was never cancelled.”

“ATP customers were given incorrect information by Pontins staff, which was shared online at a rate which we were unprepared for,” the statement added.

“Our delay in responding publicly regarding this is due to our wish to be as clear as possible as we are still in the process of negotiating some smaller organisational details, which we did not expect to be sharing with you at this point. These will be resolved in the next few days, of which we will keep you updated,” said ATP. 

Nevertheless, at press time it was still possible to make a ‘family bookngs’ for Pontins’ Prestatyn sites on both weekends, suggesting that the situation is yet to be fully resolved.

The uncertainty follows reports that ATP took out a business loan in the run up to April’s events, which are curated by British comedian Stewart Lee and American hard-core alternative band Drive Like Jehu.

According to Buzzfeed News, ATP’s parent company, WilWal, recently took out an unspecified loan from Ashley Business Cash, who specialize in providing companies with fast loans of between £7,000 ($10,000) and £100,000 ($141,000). It is not clear how much WilWal borrowed, or the circumstances around the lend.

ATP did not respond to requests to comment.


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