Otherlands Festival cancelled over 'poor' ticket sales and funding loss

Organisers said it was a 'heart-breaking' decision to scrap the event at Scone Palace but said it was 'no longer viable.'

Otherlands Festival at Scone Palace cancelled after poor ticket sales and loss of funding LDRS

Otherlands Festival has been cancelled as organisers blame poor ticket sales, rising production costs and loss of grant funding.

The “boutique music and arts” event was to take place between August 11 and 14 at Scone Palace in Perth and Kinross and had a capacity of around 7,000.

Acts such as Hudson Mohawke, Overmono and Nia Archives were set to perform at the second edition of the festival.

Organisers from FLY Events apologised to ticketholders and said the decision was “heart-breaking” but that the festival was “no longer viable.”

The statement read: “This announcement comes with a heavy heart. We are very sorry to have to deliver the devastating news that we can no longer go ahead with Otherlands Music & Arts Festival this year due to poor ticket sales, rising production costs and loss of grant funding.

“This heart-breaking decision has not been made lightly and we are absolutely gutted that we could not make the festival a reality this year. An independent festival comes with a whole host of challenges and despite doing everything we can, we are unable to deliver the show to the high standard it needs to be, and therefore it is no longer viable to continue.

“We are sending this message with a heartfelt apology to those who have purchased tickets and been impacted. We understand like us, you have been very much looking forward to the event and would like to thank you for your support.

“All ticket holders will be refunded within 14 days. You do not have to take any action, this will be an automated refund process.

“Our debut last summer was an incredible experience and our team would like to thank everyone involved. We remain positive that Otherlands will return in the future in a new format.”

Thousands attended the first edition of Otherlands last year, with acts including Bicep, Jamie XX and Joesef headlining.

Fly Events has previously hosted festivals including Princes Street Gardens in Edinburgh and South Queensferry stately home Hopetoun House “bringing stunning locations to life with something a bit different”.

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