Belfast’s Titanic Lockdown Festival cancelled

The festival was scheduled to take place in June but has been cancelled because of poor ticket sales. The Happy Mondays and New Order were billed to headline the event, but yesterday organisers pulled the plug.
They said ticket sales had been “significantly slower than forecast” and, as a result, it was “not possible” to go ahead with the two-day festival. Those who bought tickets for the event, on June 1 and 2 will be given full refunds, and are advised to contact their point of purchase.

Apparently three years of planning had gone into the festival, which was set to take place at a former shipyard hangar directly opposite the old offices of Harland and Wolff in the Titanic Quarter.

It had been described by promoters Hydroponic as a “boutique festival for Belfast’s music lovers” which would have seen New Order make their first appearance in the city for over 20yrs. Other confirmed acts included LTW favourites Factory Floor, along with dub legend Lee Scratch Perry and Anna Calvi.

Initially, public demand was said to be high, however subsequent ticket sales failed to live up to expectation.

News of the cancellation was revealed on Titanic Lockdown’s website. A statement read: “Due to poor ticket sales in a challenging economic climate, it is with great regret and disappointment that we must announce the cancellation of the 2012 Titanic Lockdown summer festival.

“Despite a huge wave of goodwill, ticket sales have been significantly slower than forecast for an event featuring such high profile acts”

Is this another indication of the current financial climate or simply an indication that there are just too many festivals? Perhaps its the cost of a festival ticket, often over £100 – the initial attraction being a few name bands. Check oot the current debate raging her on LTW ‘Are Gig’s Too Cheap?’

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Phil Newall is 47, from The Wirral - he earns his living not writing about music nor playing music...though sorely wishes he could. He was fortunate enough to see many of the first generation punk bands when they played the U18's matinee shows at Eric's, Liverpool. As an attendee at Eric's he was exposed to punk rock, dub reggae, art rock, and all manner of weirdness; as a customer at Probe Records he was variously served and scowled at by Pete Wylie and Pete Burns - he has written for Record Collector, Whisperin & Hollerin, and Spiral Scratch and wanted to write a book detailing the Liverpool punk scene; however with 'Head-On' Julian Cope beat him to it...and frankly did a much better job.


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