It hasn't been a good day for North American electronic music festivals. The inaugural Mekka electronic/hip-hop tour, set to kick off Saturday (Aug. 4) in Detroit, has been canceled, according to tour
It hasn't been a good day for North American electronic music festivals. The inaugural Mekka electronic/hip-hop tour, set to kick off Saturday (Aug. 4) in Detroit, has been canceled, according to tour organizers. Meanwhile, the Las Vegas edition of the Creamfields electronica fest, set for Sept. 29, has been axed. The New York-area version of the event remains on the schedule for Sept. 1.
Mekka organizers chalked their decision up to a simple lack of preparation time. "As the tour approached it became apparent that despite hard work and co-operation and support from people across North America, Mekka would not be able to present the events at the level it had envisioned," organizers said in a statement. "While the concept has been under development for over a year, the actual production and promotion of the tour started too late."
Mekka was set to feature some of the biggest names in dance and electronic music, including Roni Size, BT, Paul Oakenfold, Carl Craig, the Crystal Method, and Armand Van Helden. The event had also merged with the Spitkicker hip-hop tour, a move that brought De La Soul, Common, and Talib Kweli, among others, onto the bill. The Miami show, scheduled for Aug. 11 at Club Space, will go off as planned with a revamped talent lineup to be announced.
Mekka, sponsored by the global entertainment company of the same name, says it is "committed" to staging "a tour of this magnitude in North America in the summer of 2002." Refunds for the canceled shows will be available at point of purchase.
As for Creamfields Las Vegas, the event has been called off due to logistical and other issues. Organizers also unsuccessfully attempted to move the show -- due to feature Fatboy Slim, Orbital, Basement Jaxx, and the Crystal Method -- to Los Angeles or San Francisco.