Sad news, the Electric Garden Festival hasn't not raised it's full amount to go ahead. They are staging a cut back version of the festival, sadly we The Fierce And The Dead can't afford to lose at lease £300 to play the gig with very little chance of recouping. We wish Ken all the best, he's a great fella. My friend Andy made a good point:
"The trouble is - especially after Y Prog folded - is that people won't commit until they're certain it's going ahead. But it won't go ahead until enough people commit to it. Vicious circle"
True. Once we'd paid for 2 hotel rooms (hotels more expensive on Saturday night) plus van hire and petrol we couldn't justify it without funding as we were unlikely to cover costs (our time isn't paid for but we're all losing a day where we could be working, big difference for freelancers). Often we play for nothing but to pay £300 to do it we just can't, it's not sustainable, none of us are rich. Here is the official statement from EG:
"Although we were delighted with the response to advance sales via Fundervine.com we have been unable to raise enogh funds to hold the festival in the original intended form.
The festival will, however, go ahead.
All pledges via Fundervine are null and void and no money will be taken. We will announce revised line-up and ticket details tomorrow.
Many thanks for your support and understanding."