The festival economy is indeed going bust, with several large-scale music events, including Canada’s Pemberton and (quite notoriously) Fyre Fest, abruptly canceling in recent months. The latest casualty is Night + Day, an event curated by The xx that was to take place in Reykjavik, Iceland, just weeks from now, which has been scrapped due to concerns about its environmental impact.
Performers were to include The xx and Jamie xx plus Kamasi Washington, Warpaint, Earl Sweatshirt, Sampha and more.
The Reykjavik Grapevine posted this statement from festival organizers:
We regret to announce that Night + Day Iceland will not be going ahead.
The location for the festival at Skógafoss has recently been added to the Environment Agency of Iceland’s list of endangered areas and there is simply not enough time for the promoters to ensure that the event will have no impact at all on the site. The promoters have been working non-stop to secure another location but regrettably there is nowhere suitable that can host the festival with such short notice. Full refunds including all booking fees will be issued to all ticket holders directly from the ticket agency with whom you purchased asap.
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This article was originally published by Stereogum.