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Eddino Abdul Hadi
Saturday, Jun 14, 2014

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Hostess Club music fest canned

The Straits Times | Eddino Abdul Hadi | Saturday, Jun 14, 2014

Hostess Clues music fest line-up included popular acts such as Scottish post-rockers Mogwai

The organisers of multi-act indie music event Hostess Club Weekender announced the gig's cancellation yesterday, three days before it was due to take place at Infinite Studios on Saturday.

In an e-mail to Life! and in a Facebook post, Japan-based organisers Hostess Asia wrote that the reason was "unforeseen, last minute technical issues that cannot be resolved in time for the shows to proceed".

A spokesman declined to give details about the technical issues or how many tickets have been sold.

Announced on May 1, the gig would have featured a line-up that included acclaimed indie names such as American singer-songwriter Cat Power and New York trio Blonde Redhead. The other acts on the bill were American singer-songwriter Perfume Genius, British electronic songwriter Sohn and British psychedelic rock quintet Toy.

The organiser's shows in Manila next Monday and Tuesday have also been cancelled. The Hostess Club shows in Hong Kong, Taipei and Tokyo later this year will go on as planned, said the organiser's statement.

The gig's ticketing agency, Event-CliQue, said those who bought tickets will receive an e-mail on how they can get their full refunds. The tickets cost $108.

The gig would have been a followup to the first Hostess Club Weekender event in Fort Canning Park on Feb 22, a local offshoot of a series of gigs that began in Japan in 2011. That line-up included popular acts such as American indie band The National and Scottish post-rockers Mogwai.

Fans who had been planning to go to the concert were disappointed.

Mr Alan Teo, 39, who works in the banking industry, said: "Maybe the show got cancelled because of poor ticket sales? After all, there are so many gigs happening around the same time, such as the gigs by Extreme, La Dispute, Deafheaven and Tortoise."

Musician Wu Jianping, 31, said apart from Hostess Club Weekender's stellar line-up, "I was also excited the gig was going to be at Infinite Studios... I was curious what the experience would be like".

The cancellation is the latest to hit the concert scene here. A gig by Selena Gomez in February was cancelled, as were the 1 World Music Festival in September last year and the MBC Korean Music Wave last November.

This article was published on June 12 in The Straits Times.

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