Three days before the festival was supposed to open for a weekend of music and culture in the ExCel Centre in East London, it was announced that the festival is cancelled.
The festival was hosted by All Tomorrow’s Parties, Pitchfork and Primavera Sound. The first Jabberwocky festival was supposed to
take place from the 15th to the 16th of August. The line-up included: James Blake, Deafheaven, Caribou, Neutral Milk Hotel, Darkside, Liars and Electric Wizard, and others.
The organiser of the festival made the following statement: “It is with deep sadness we regret to inform everyone that as of today Tuesday 12th August 2014, ATP is being forced into cancelling this weekend’s Jabberwocky festival. Refunds will be available to all customers at the point of purchase.
We have put everything into promoting Jabberwocky, and despite healthy ticket sales; all our efforts could not take those sales to the point that we needed to finally stage the event. Over the past month and all the way up until this moment we have tried every possible course of action to follow through in delivering Jabberwocky to you, but the position we unfortunately find ourselves in as a result of a succession of events that have lost money in an increasingly aggressive festival market, means we are no longer able to do so.
In the past ATP has weathered losses such as this and gone on with the show, taking huge direct financial blows as an independent company. But on this occasion, with an event of this scale and the high production costs that come with it – if we had gone ahead; it would have 100% been the end of ATP. We do not take this decision lightly and it was the hardest we’ve ever had to make.
All other ATP Presents shows will go ahead as planned, including ATP Iceland with our local partners there in 2015.
We apologise to all the people we have let down from fans to the bands, the venue and all the suppliers. We have tried everything in our power to save this event and continue, but the losses we have recently incurred have unfortunately been too much for a company of our size to bear.
For any questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
All Tomorrow’s Parties”
Details on how to receive refunds on ticket purchases can be found at the point of purchase.