Local authorities have vetoed the permit for Sweden’s Into The Factory, forcing the immersive music festival to be cancelled.
Into The Factory, which was set to take place from August 10 to 12, announced the cancellation with a statement posted to Facebook. Festival organizers expressed their frustration dealing with local authorities, who negated the festival permit in order to make the event “an example on the local war on drugs.”
The statement outlined how the police did not think organizers could produce a safe event at the factory location: “In their argumentation the police states that it will be impossible to produce a safe event. That people would die from drug overdose and from climbing and jumping of tall buildings on the festival area. They also stated that it would take an unreasonable number of police to secure a safe event.”
With regards to refunds, festival organizers said ticket holders need to be patient: “Due to this late ruling by the police, the process for the festival production is already far gone. Meaning payments to artists and suppliers have already been made effective to a large extent. If you, instead of changing your ticket (as described above) want a refund for your ticket, then we will need you to be a little patient. We will always do everything in our power to honor your claim as soon as possible but to be realistic this will not be possible until closer to our upcoming events in 2018.”
The lineup for the cancelled event included Nina Kraviz, Nastia, Moodymann, Robert Hood, Daniel Avery and many more.
Look for Into The Factory to bounce back next year.