Music festival called off, refunds offered


The Future Music Festival Asia 2015 has been cancelled and those who had bought tickets will get full refunds, the organisers said yesterday.

They said they were saddened and apologised to those who had been planning to attend. Details of the refund would be made available by this evening.

Festival organiser Livescape had twice applied for and failed to secure a public entertainment licence to hold the event in Singapore. It then submitted an appeal to the Minister for Home Affairs, but that was rejected, too.

About 15,000 tickets have been sold for the event, which was to be held for the first time in Singapore, at the Changi Exhibition Centre on Friday and Saturday.

Big acts such as Public Enemy and The Prodigy were slated to perform.

The event, which started in Australia in 2006 and is considered one of the biggest dance music festivals in the region, made headlines last March when six people attending the event in Kuala Lumpur died from a drug overdose.

Tickets to the festival in Singapore, which cost between $148 and $388, were sold via Sistic, as well as on the festival website.