The Olympics are coming to London this summer and shock waves are being felt throughout the UK music festival community. First Glastonbury took the year off — not huge news as the largest greenfield festival in the world usually takes theÂ occasionalÂ break to let the land recover from the festival fan onslaught. Â But now we’ve got the Big Chill announcing that they will also take the summer off because of the Olympics.
Melvin Benn, the head honcho of Big Chill, posted a short statement on the website.
â€œIt is with a considerable amount of regret that I have decided not to go ahead with The Big Chill in 2012.
I looked long and hard late last year at moving the date so it didnâ€™t clash with the Olympics but the mix of the festival fans desire to keep the date and an inability to find an alternative date that works I plumped for maintaining the existing weekend. Sadly, the artist availability and confirmations we were achieving led me to conclude that I couldnâ€™t risk going ahead with the event as an outdoor event this year. Efforts are being made to look to bring a smaller event indoors this year with the anticipation of Big Chill being back outdoors in 2013.â€
Has the bubble finally burst on the UK music festival scene? Or do you think this is just an isolated incident due to the Olympics? Also: post your predictions for the next cancellation below.